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The Young’uns

Date: Saturday 16/04/2022
Doors: 19:00, performance starts: 19:30 (all timings are subject to change)
Location: The Auditorium, The Fire Station
Tickets: From £15.40
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Please note that ticket holders will be required to comply with the latest government Covid-19 guidance at the time of the event and will be informed prior to the event of any additional safety procedures that are in place.

Threetime winners of the prestigious BBC Folk Awards, Teeside’s The Young’uns are now one of the most in demand groups on the UK Folk and Acoustic scene. A unique act – performing mainly accapella – these 3 hugehearted, brasslunged lads from the North of England sing folk songs for our times with heart and humour. 

Their album Strangers was voted Best Album by the British public at the 2018 BBC Folk Awards (adding to the Best Group awards the band won consecutively in 2016 and 2015). Described as a ‘record for troubled times’ and ‘an antidote to Brexit,’ it is a bold, profound and resonant collection of songs showcasing the growing talents of Sean Cooney, fast becoming one of folk’s finest songwriters. 
 
Together with Michael Hughes and David Eagle (who is also an awardwinning stand-up comedian) the Young’uns live performances achieve one of the trickiest balancing acts – an ability to truly ‘make them laugh and make them cry’, while cutting straight to the heart of some of today’s most topical issues. 
 
Their latest release The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is a unique musical account of the life of an extraordinary man from their native North East England. Also a major theatre show (directed by Lorne Campbell – the Last Ship) it tells the extraordinary story of one working class hero’s journey through some of the most tumultuous events of the early 20th century – hunger marchers, anti-fascism demos, the Spanish Civil War – with warmth, passion and humour and, most movingly, features the real spoken voice of their eponymous hero. 
 
“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 
 
“A heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity.” ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN 

This event is part of The Fire Station opening season – Firestarters. Firestarters is commissioned by Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.