The Young'uns

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The Young'uns
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Background information
OriginStockton-on-Tees, England
  • Sean Cooney
  • David Eagle
  • Michael Hughes

The Young'uns are an English folk group from Stockton, County Durham, England, who won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Group" award in 2015 and 2016.[1][2][3][4] They specialise in singing unaccompanied, and they perform traditional shanties, contemporary songs such as Billy Bragg's "Between the Wars" and Sydney Carter's "John Ball", and original works including "You Won’t Find Me on Benefits Street" (alluding to Stockton's reaction to a Benefits Street television crew) and "The Battle of Stockton" (on a 1933 clash with Oswald Mosley's blackshirts).[5][6] 2017 album Strangers includes nine new songs celebrating inspiring people 'A homage to the outsider; a eulogy for the wayfarer; a hymn for the migrant.' "These Hands" tells the life story of 1950's immigrant Sybil Phoenix while the story of the Battle of Cable Street is told through the words of Stockton teenager Johnny Longstaff.[7][8]

The members are Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, who met as teenagers and encountered folk music as underage drinkers in a local pub. They enjoyed the music and returned to the Stockton Folk Club, where "One day someone said 'let's hear a song from the young'uns' and we sang this one verse we knew from a sea shanty", hence the band's name.[9]

The Young'uns released a book 'Bound Together'[10] in 2017, chronicling their history as a band and the stories behind some of the songwriting.[11]


  • Plastic Cod'eads (2008)
  • Man, I Feel Like A Young'un (2010)
  • When Our Grandfathers Said No (2012)[5]
  • Never Forget (2014)[12]
  • Another Man's Ground (2015)[6]
  • Strangers (2017)[13]
  • The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff (2019)



  1. ^ a b "Folk Awards 2015 - The Winners!". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Folk Awards 2016 - The winners". BBC Radio 2. 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ Irwin, Colin (28 May 2015). "The Young'uns review – an irresistible set from the folk group of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ Heath, Theresa (8 September 2012). "Interview: Introducing…The Young'uns". For Folk's Sake. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "When Our grandfathers Said No". The Young'uns Shop. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Another Man's Ground". The Young'uns Shop. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  7. ^ Cooney, Sean (4 February 2019). "A working-class hero: how a scruffy teenager fought fascism". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Sheffield show depicts amazing life of 1930s fighter against fascism, Johnny Longstaff". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  9. ^ "How a happy accident launched vocal trio into the inclusive world of folk". Western Morning News. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ "The Young'uns – Bound Together". The Young’uns. 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  11. ^ "FATEA - Home". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  12. ^ "Never Forget". The Young'uns Shop. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Strangers by The Young'uns on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ "The 2015 Spiral Earth Award Winners". Spiral Earth. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Fatea Awards Winners And Runners Up 2014". FATEA. Retrieved 14 April 2016.

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