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The Young’uns

Teesside trio The Young’uns, winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted “Best Group” title, have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is, alongside traditional songs from their native North- East and further afield – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire.

Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging and heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are an act that truly takes the cliché out of the “make you laugh, make you cry” tag.

A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act.

Beguiling audiences, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour, combining their passion for storytelling and commitment to the tradition of social commentary. In 2016, they repeated their success at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards by picking up the “Best Group” Award for the second consecutive year.

’Strangers’, their new album is a collection of folk songs for our times – a homage to the outsider, a eulogy for the wayfarer and a hymn for the migrant

"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

“Magnificent- destined to become hailed as national treasures”


“One of the best live acts I have ever seen – at the top of their profession, performing with vim, vigour and utter integrity”

Mike Harding

“Great singers and very, very funny”

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“Epic…in Cooney, The Young’uns clearly have a songwriter of considerable talent”


“Incredibly moving…..The Young’uns are life enhancers”

BBC Radio 3

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