Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre with The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff.
Louder Than War caught up with The Young’uns when they first presented The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff earlier in 2018 – our review here. In our interview, we asked them about the show and what would happen next with it. As they revealed to us, they hoped the show would be ready for CD release in the future. On 7 December 2018, this stunning show is released in audio form.
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.
The CD will be packaged in a specially designed envelope with 40 page dossier magazine to accompany the album, including lyrics, detailed contexts of each song, notes, stories and a 24” x 12” poster.
Watch the album promo feature here:
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.
Lauded by many including The Guardian, MOJO and Songlines (and Louder Than War), as well as scooping several BBC Folk Awards over the past few years, The Young’uns continue to deliver pertinent and poignant music and messages that resonate greatly.
The Young’uns will present The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff on tour in January and February of 2019. All the tour dates and links to tickets are here:
28th – HULL Middleton Hall
29th – MANCHESTER Stoller Hall
30th – DUN LAOGHAIRE Pavilion 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)
To find out more about The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff online, click here.