Concert Review: The Young Uns’

Concert Review: The Young ‘Uns – Friday 20th September 2013

Review by: Ben Macnair
Photos by: Dave Carter

A fast rising 10 year overnight sensation, the Young ‘Uns brought their unique blend of close harmony singing, Folk and fine musicianship when they appeared at Lichfield’s Guildhall.

Support for the night came from teenage guitar prodigy and singer Sunjay Brayne, who proved himself a talented performer and affable stage presence. Playing a well thought out mix of his own material and covers, his set was very well received – ranging from the Blues of The Missisippi Sheik’s ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ to his own songs ‘The Fire Down Below’ and ‘Love You Like A Man’. He was joined on stage by the Young ‘Uns for his last song, a foot-tapping rendition of Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love?’

Click the thumbnails above for full size photographs taken by Dave Carter

The Young ‘Uns opened with two accapella songs ‘Go Boys Go’ and ‘Harbour Voice’. The trio – songwriter Sean Cooney on vocals, David Eagle on Vocals and Piano Accordion, and Michael Hughes on vocals and guitar – kept the audience entertained with music from a wide range of sources. ‘Love In A Northern Town’ was pure pop, whilst a rousing medley of sea shanties in ‘Blood Red Rosies/Shallow Brown/Yeller Girls’ were a masterclass in harmony singing. They also played a number of protest songs, including the title track of their latest release ‘When Our Grandfathers Said No’ – a stand taken against Oswald Mosley, and ‘Biscuits And Tea’, a protest against the English Defence League.

An encore of ‘Sit Down’ by James was a fitting way for this talented trio to end what was a superb, well thought out concert.

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