The Young ones
This Teesside trio have really captured hearts and minds since they first breathed new and vibrant life into the folk scene a few years back. And it’s not just people’s metaphorical body-parts they’ve captured either, as they’ve also scooped three of BBC Radio 2’s prestigious folk awards. Their latest project (or “album”, if you prefer) is ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’. This is the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street (where Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts were sent packing). It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious (the band are never adverse to a bit of humour) musical adventure that follows the footsteps of a working class hero who witnessed some of the real momentous events of the 1930s. The album features 16 especially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself, to tell a remarkable human story.
The Young’uns, Friday February 8, Middlesbrough Town Hall, 8pm, £17.50. middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk