The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Younguns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious,
poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting.
With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnnys own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.
‘The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. Whats not to like?’
‘Exceptional songwriting – an album to match their formidable live reputation’
‘Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket’
‘This Teesside trio have captured hearts- and awards – with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people its a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill’
‘This collection surely marks Sean Cooneys arrival as one of the very best songwriters of the modern day – you cant imagine a Best Original Song award list that doesnt include Be The Man or Dark Water’
‘Hugely captivating a brilliant folk act’
STUART MACONIE, BBC 6 MUSIC
‘They are truly beloved on the folk scene. The whole album is moving and topical’
MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIOS 2 & 6