on 19 October 2012
This album is for anybody who not only loves the sound of the unadorned full-throated male voice but also appreciates well-crafted songs. It would be easy to consign this album to the folk genre - and if you like folk then this album is a must - but these songs, all of them fresh (some of them penned by Young `Un Sean Cooney himself), deserve a much wider audience.
The Young `Uns are based in Hartlepool and they have a growing international reputation. The first song on the album, penned by Cooney who has a passion for local history, is inspired by the tall ships that set sail for distant lands. It puts us on board ship and reminds us of the time when workers pushed themselves forward with song.
The second song on the album conjures up the hell of working in a chemical factory, unaccompanied except for some ominous tapping on a bodhran.
The Battle of Stockton, again penned by Cooney, tells of the time in 1933 when Mosley and his blackshirts crossed the River Tees hoping to recruit the people of the town to his cause. But they weren't having any of it and a large gathering of the townsfolk turned them away. The album's title is taken from this.
Each song has its own distinctive character and contributes to the overall identity of the album. This is the kind of album you can put on and enjoy every song as it comes on in order.
This album is immaculately produced conveying the vitality and outstanding talent of the performers. My only gripe is the fancy font used in introducing the songs. It's legible only if you have razor sharp vision.
"When Our Grandfathers Said No" is something fresh and original. Get it.
on 22 December 2013
The Younguns Sean Cooney Micheal Hughes & the hilarious David Eagle form this wonderful Folk Trio Sean being the writer of their own original work hailing from in and around the North East (Stockton, Hartlepool) I am very Proud as Sean is my cousin
The Young'uns have fast become one of the most popular, entertaining and sought after live acts today. With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song, Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment.
Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire, and is delivered with originality and flair. They are effortlessly entertaining, with an irreverent sense of humour that engages any audience.
The lads hail from Teesside and, in 2012, they joined top names such as Bellowhead, Bella Hardy and Lau and signed for Navigator Records in London. Under the direction and production expertise of Stu Hanna (Megson), they have recorded a superb new CD for 2012 called `When Our Grandfathers Said No'. They are a band not worth missing.
on 12 March 2013
Talented, witty and very entertaining...but enough about me!!
We saw these chaps at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2012 and they were one of - if not the - highlight/s of the entire festival for us. Very talented, good fun, lots of on-stage banter and an array of very enjoyable music.
Would highly recommend you purchase the album.
on 2 May 2015
A slightly deceptive disc this, much more reflective and calm than the trio appear on stage where they tend to be rather more lively, and frequently a cappella.
A real pleasure to see and hear both new-written and slightly older songs in a traditional style, and so well performed by the Young'uns. Their name will be a fair description for several years yet, but their performance tells you that the old'uns can relax a bit. The stylistic traditions are in safe hands with these chaps, and Sean Cooney shows particular promise as a writer of new material.
Get the disc (and their others) but if the chance arises they are worth a substantial detour to see them live.