Valley Folk Music Presents British Harmony Singers: The Young’uns
- Location: Valley Folk Music
- Address: Concert Location, 144 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830
The Young'uns - Sean Cooney, David Eagle & Michael Hughes from Stockton, UK won the BBC Radio 2 Folk
Awards "Best Group" in 2015 and 2016. They specialize in singing unaccompanied, performing both traditional
shanties and contemporary songs such as Billy Bragg's "Between the Wars" and Sydney Carter's "John Ball" plus 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). With their strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humor, they can make audiences laugh and cry while getting straight to the heart of our most topical issues. Their album Strangers celebrates inspiring people with an homage to the outsider, a eulogy for the wayfarer and a hymn for the migrant, among other songs.
The lads met as teens and accidently encountered folk music as underage drinkers in a local pub. Having enjoyed the music, they returned to the Stockton Folk Club, where one day someone said “let's hear a song from the young'uns” whereby they sang one verse from a sea shanty. But the name stuck.
They now have several recordings (one was the 2018 BBC Radio 2 “Best Album” winner,) and a book, but you will first want to see them in concert, to experience the energy and fun they bring to live venues. This is one of only a very few USA dates this year surrounding their invitation to the Philadelphia Folk Festival.