The Young’uns Biography

The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire.

Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging, frequently heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are an act that truly takes the cliché out of the “make you laugh, make you cry”

Just two years after giving up their day jobs, Stockton Folk Club’s star pupils have had a milestone year with the release of their third studio album Another Man’s Ground, an appearance at America’s Folk Alliance, collectively celebrating their 30th birthdays and racking up accolades including Best Group in the FATEA Awards and Best Live Act in the Spiral Awards.

A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff – a hugely popular result that saw them beating off opposition including the mighty Bellowhead.

Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.

In 2016, The Young’uns gloriously repeated their 2015 success at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards by picking up the “Best Group” award for the second consecutive year in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Teesside trio return in 2017 with an extensive October UK tour and an eagerly anticipated new album, ’Strangers’, which is a collection of folk songs for our times – a homage to the outsider, a eulogy for the wayfarer and a hymn for the migrant.


Quotes for Strangers

“Exceptional songwriting – an album to match their formidable live reputation”
★★★★ MOJO

“Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency – and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket”
★★★★ The Guardian

“This Teesside trio have captured hearts- and awards – with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people – it’s a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill”
★★★★ Songlines

“This collection surely marks Sean Cooney’s arrival as one of the very best songwriters of the modern day – you can’t imagine a Best Original Song award list that doesn’t include Be The Man or Dark Water”
Colin Irwin, fRoots

“Hugely captivating – a brilliant folk act”
Stuart Maconie BBC 6 Music

“They are truly beloved on the folk scene. The whole album is moving and topical”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radios 2 & 6

“Incredibly moving”
Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this album is the best thing they’ve ever done – chock full of brilliant material”
Mike Harding

“The Young’uns fourth album is their best yet – a classic centred on the inspirational songs of Sean Cooney. Songs filled with humanity and compassion -powerful and moving”
★★★★★ RnR Magazine

“Proof that British folk is in vigorous and moral health”
★★★★★ New Internationalist Magazine

“Three voices creating a choir of sound”
Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

“They look set for glory with this album”
Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

“Incredibly moving – you guys are life enhancers”
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

“Uplifting, inspiring, it’s time to lay out the red carpet and invite Sean Cooney to step forward as a premier league songwriter. Put your boots on Dark Water as Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards”
Louder Than War

“Strangers holds its ground against any album by Guthrie, Seeger or MacColl –Brexit has the album it deserves”
Bright Young Folk

17 Oct 2017 Brecon, UK Theatr Brycheiniog Theatr Brycheiniog Buy ticket
18 Oct 2017 Southport, UK The Atkinson The Atkinson Buy ticket
19 Oct 2017 Leeds, UK City Varieties City Varieties Buy ticket
20 Oct 2017 Manchester, UK HOME HOME Buy ticket
21 Oct 2017 Birmingham, UK MAC MAC Buy ticket
22 Oct 2017 Canterbury, UK Cathedral Lodge Cathedral Lodge Buy ticket
24 Oct 2017 Dublin, IRE The Sugar Room The Sugar Room Buy ticket
27 Oct 2017 Gateshead, UK The Sage The Sage Buy ticket
07 Dec 2017 Belper We Three Sings: Christ Church, Belper We Three Sings: Christ Church, Belper Buy ticket
08 Dec 2017 Beverley We Three Sings: St Mary's Church, Beverley We Three Sings: St Mary's Church, Beverley Buy ticket
09 Dec 2017 Kendal We Three Sings: Kendal Parish Church We Three Sings: Kendal Parish Church Buy ticket
10 Dec 2017 Orford We Three Sings: St Bartholomew's Church, Orford We Three Sings: St Bartholomew's Church, Orford Buy ticket
11 Dec 2017 Norwich We Three Sings: St Swithin’s Church (Norwich Arts Centre) We Three Sings: St Swithin’s Church (Norwich Arts Centre) Buy ticket
15 Dec 2017 Otley We Three Sings: Otley Parish Church We Three Sings: Otley Parish Church Buy ticket
16 Dec 2017 Biddulph We Three Sings: St. Lawrence's Church, Biddulph We Three Sings: St. Lawrence's Church, Biddulph Buy ticket

Key Contacts

Management: Stuart Ongley at SGO

UK/Europe Bookings: Phil Simpson at Strada Music LLP

Canada Bookings: Bob Jensen at JMI

Media Enquiries: Jane Brace PR

Publishing: SGO Music Publishing LTD


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