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The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff Tour -The Young’uns

Oct 17, 2018

The Teesside trio Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle, have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade – and just five years after giving up their day jobs – they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts.

Three times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre with tickets going on sale on Friday 18th October 2018, at 9am (Except London which will go on sale on the 24th)

This year Strangers was crowned ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and they have gone on to produce and present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff.  It tells the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England – to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in The Hunger Marches and The Cable Street Riots.

It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following in the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s.

With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour the Teesside trio bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.

Watch their promo clip to get an understanding of the inspiration behind the story ….

“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like ? 

★★★★★ The Guardian

Tour dates as follows:

Mon 28, Jan 2019
HULL, UK University
Tue 29, Jan 2019
MANCHESTER, UK The Stoller Hall
Wed 30, Jan 2019
Thu 31, Jan 2019
BELFAST, UK The Strand Arts Centre
Fri 01, Feb 2019
GLASGOW, UK Tron Theatre
Sat 02, Feb 2019
GLASGOW, UK Tron Theatre
Sun 03, Feb 2019
SHEFFIELD, UK Ballroom, Sheffield City Hall
Mon 04, Feb 2019
Wed 06, Feb 2019
Thu 07, Feb 2019
YEOVIL, UK Octagon Theatre
Fri 08, Feb 2019
MIDDLESBROUGH, UK Middlesbrough Town Hall
Sat 09, Feb 2019
LONDON, UK Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
(There is a matinee and an evening show on the London Date)
Tickets on sale 9am this Friday (except London which will go on sale on the 24th)

There is a dedicated link on their website,  which is worth a peek:   designed as a newspaper,  so you can read articles, watch the video and  also visit the beautifully designed Johnny’s journey app:   which allows users to follow Johnny on his brave and inspirational journey from The Great Depression onwards.

So … better set your alarms for Friday morning folks !?!

“A heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“This collection surely marks Sean Cooney’s arrival as one of the very best songwriters of
the modern day”  Colin Irwin, fRoots

*photo credit to Mike Ainscoe








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