The Young’uns

Origin Stockton-on-Tees, England
Genres Folk

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The Young’uns are a British folk group from Stockton, County Durham, England, who won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Group” award in 2015 and 2016. They specialise in singing unaccompanied, and they perform traditional shanties, contemporary songs such as Billy Bragg’s “Between the Wars” and Sydney Carter’s “John Ball”, and original works including “You Won’t Find Me on Benefits Street” (alluding to Stockton’s reaction to a Benefits Street television crew) and “The Battle of Stockton” (on a 1933 clash with Oswald Mosley’s blackshirts).

The members are Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, who met as teenagers and encountered folk music as underage drinkers in a local pub. They enjoyed the music and returned to the Stockton Folk Club, where “One day someone said ‘let’s hear a song from the young’uns’ and we sang this one verse we knew from a sea shanty”, hence the band’s name.


When our Grandfathers Said No (2012)
Never Forget (2014)
Another Man’s Ground (2015)


BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Group” (2015)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Group” (2016)
Spiral Awards “Best Live Act” (2015)
FATEA awards: “Band/duo of the year” (2014)