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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:

Tour  Dates


 28th  –  HULL  Middleton  Hall 

https://www.hullboxoffice.com/event/the-young-uns-the-ballad-of-johnny- longstaff/


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 

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-younguns-the-ballad-of-johnny- longstaff/7675

 8th  –  MIDDLESBROUGH  Town  Hall 


 9th  –  LONDON  Southbank  Centre  (Purcell  Room) 


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To find out more about The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff online, click here.

The Young’uns are also on Facebook , and tweet as @theyoungunstrio


Words by Dominic Walsh. You can read more from Dominic at his author’s archive here. Dominic tweets as @dtwalsh83, and blogs about dealing with his mental health here.

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