The new record, Strangers – enhances that reputation. Made up of mostly original tracks from singer and principle songwriter Sean Cooney, the album deals with numerous topics relevant to now including refugee crises and the unflinching human spirit in assisting them, terrorist attacks, racial inequality and migrants risking life and limb.
All very deep, emotionally charge topics, but what is monumentally clever here, is the way these songs are performed immediately sound like they were written a century or more ago – they all sound like they could be traditionally arranged – with the story steadfast at the core, and mainly vocal only performance, there is definitely an air of positivity in much of the record.
Even on the absolute stand-out track – the quite incredible ‘Be The Man‘, which tells of the heart wrenching story of a man who’s partner commits suicide due to his families non acceptance of his sexuality – the uplifting nature of the characters determination to succeed in his name is bordering on awe-inspiring. This track is one of only a couple that feature instrumental accompaniment, piano, subtle guitar and cello (played by Rachel McShane of Bellowhead fame) differentiates it at a nice point in the recording.
Listen to this record – from start to finish it is class and in Cooney they have one of the finest lyricists going. By some distance this is their most accomplished work so far I think, and I’d go as far as suggesting an album of the year contender.
The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017
4 LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
5 SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
6 GLASGOW Oran Mor
7 SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
8 OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
9 COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
12 LONDON Union Chapel
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
19 LEEDS City Varieties
20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival
21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1
Review by Phil Daniels