MULTI AWARD WINNING TEESSIDE FOLK TRIO ANNOUNCE NEW ELEVEN DATE ‘THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF’ AUDIO-VISUAL UK & IRISH HEADLINE TOUR FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019
BRAND NEW ALBUM, ‘THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF,’ TO BE RELEASED AS VERY SPECIAL CD PACKAGE ON 7th DECEMBER 2018
“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
“Glorious....celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion” ???? Mojo
“The Teesside trio have captured hearts – and awards – with a magic combination of lusty acapella singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve storytelling with an unashamedly political cry for social justice” ???? Songlines
“Magnificent - destined to become hailed as national treasures before long” ????? Maverick
“Powerful, inspiring and moving” ????? RnR Magazine
‘Enthralling, passionate, moving and hilarious…simply the best thing they’ve done’ Louder than War
Teesside’s three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns are thrilled to announce the release of a brand new album plus a run of very special UK & Irish audio-visual live shows.
The North East trio’s latest project, The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, is 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 Battle of Cable Street. It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following 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.
The Young’uns (aka Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes) will bring ’The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff,’ to eleven UK & Irish towns & cities in early 2019. The new live tour includes two consecutive nights at next year’s Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow as well as evening and matinee performances at London’s South Bank Centre – tickets are on-sale now for the following shows;
28th - HULL Middleton Hall
29th - MANCHESTER Stoller Hall
30th - DUN LAOGHAIRE Pavillion Theatre
31st - BELFAST The Strand Arts Centre
1st - GLASGOW Tron Theatre (Celtic Connections)
2nd - GLASGOW Tron Theatre (Celtic Connections)
3rd - SHEFFIELD City Hall Ballroom
4th - BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
6th - WAVENDON The Stables
7th - YEOVIL The Octagon
8th - MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall
9th - LONDON Southbank Centre (Purcell Room) NB two shows, 4:30pm matinee + evening
The new 17-track album, ‘The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff’, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2017 LP ‘Strangers’ (voted BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Album Of The Year), and will be released on 7th December via Hereteu Records. Each CD comes as a special 1930s style package put together by the band themselves including a 40-page dossier packed with notes and extra info on the songs plus rare images from Johnny Longstaff’s private collection, a revolutionary newspaper (the perfect companion to the new live show) and limited-edition poster. The CD will be available to pre-order on 30 November via http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/shop
‘The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff’ - album tracklisting;
1. Any Bread?
2. Carrying The Coffin
3. Hostel Strike
4. Cable Street
5. Robson’s Song
6. Ta-ra To Tooting
8. The Great Tomorrow
9. Ay Carmela
11. No Hay Pan
12. Trench Tales
13. Lewis Clive
14. Bob Cooney’s Miracle
15. Over The Ebro
16. David Guest
17. The Valley Of Jarama
Talking about how the new project came about, The Young’uns Sean Cooney says;
“In 2015, a man arrived at one of our concerts with a picture of his late father and a story. His father’s name was Johnny Longstaff and what a story he had to tell. As a teenager, Johnny walked 230 miles from our hometown of Stockton-On-Tees to London in search of work and from then on bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the tumultuous 1930s including the Battle of Cable Street and the Spanish Civil War. Exploring Johnny’s story through his own spoken words with the recordings he made for the Imperial War Museum and having access to his never-before published memoirs and his personal book & photo archive has been a labour of love for us. Three years later we have created a 90-minute show in which 16 original songs interweave with Johnny’s own voice against a backdrop of startling visuals to tell an incredible story. It’s not a story that glorifies conflict or imposes political views - it’s a story that oozes humanity, humour and fellowship!”
For further information about Johnny Longstaff and The Young’uns visit http://theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff
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