Songs of Identity: British values through story and song

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Group 2015 & 2016) The Young'uns will explore British values using songs and stories of the past and the present.

In conjunction with Lancashire County Council’s Heritage Learning Team lead by David Brookhouse.

Songs of Freedom & Equality

Exploring the history of democracy through the teaching of accessible, engaging songs celebrating champions of equality from past and present. From John Ball whose egalitarian example inspired the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 to Sybil Phoenix whose words calmed tension during the race riots of the early 1980s.

Songs of Hope & Forgiveness

The stories of people from a variety of faiths, cultures and nationalities who overcame barriers to make a positive contribution to British society. From Jerome Caminada the innovative Italian immigrant detective who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes to the story of Ghafoor Hussain, the Pakistani born Teesside aid worker who spent thousands of pounds of his own money to build a travelling food kitchen to help freed Syrian refugees in 2015.

Songs of Teamwork & Cohesion

Using sea shanties – the communal songs of the sea – to celebrate how for hundreds of years music has broken down barriers of language, culture and race to foster a sense of common collaborative endeavour.


The Young’uns have 20 years of combined educational experience having worked in more than 50 schools across the country sharing, teaching and writing songs with pupils of all ages and facilitating funded heritage projects for local authorities, museums and arts services. As an award winning live act, in 2016 they toured the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia and appeared on BBC2 Springwatch and BBC Radio 2.

Who is the workshop aimed at?

Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form.

Curriculum areas: Music, History, PSHE, Citizenship, MFL, Geography, Religious Education/Life.


Full day workshops available from March-September 2017 and dates in 2018. Available Nationwide.

If interested, please contact Michael Hughes for more information.

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