The Young ’Uns
A passionate celebration of unsung heroes and three-part harmonies.
TEESSIDE’S misleadingly named Young ’Uns have finally made an album to match the formidable live reputation. There is nothing intrinsically new in what they do; their roaring three-part harmonies follow a lineage of Swan Arcade and Coope, Boyes & Simpson, while – from Ewan MacColl on – social commentary has long been an intrinsic part of folk song. But what differentiates this is the exceptional songwriting quality – searingly contemporary, but firmly rooted in a glorious tradition. Great songwriters currently abound in modern Brit folk, and Sean Cooney is right up there with them, with brilliantly crafted narratives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Dark Water is the emotional tale of a Syrian refugee’s tortuous swim to freedom and Be The Man is an anti-homophobia anthem with an outrageously uplifting chorus, celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion.