The Guildhall, Leicester
I am a recent convert to The Young’uns through their wonderful 2017 album, Strangers. Normally, folk music is not my thing, but the combination of harmonies, humour and on-the-nose social comment made it one of my albums of last year. So I booked a couple of tickets to see them in, what has to be, one of oldest and most intimate venues in the UK.
I went along with the current Mrs W expecting a night of hits from Strangers together with some ‘old’, but the evening was a lovely surprise. The theme of the performance is the story of Johnny Longstaff who grew up between the wars and, as a teenager, was on the Jarrow marches, fought the fascists in the East End of London and went over to Spain to fight against Franco. New songs, plus two from Strangers, tell the story of Johnny Longstaff’s life and are insterspersed with Johnny’s own commentary (recorded as a old man) and photos of the events. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a very moving evening of wonderful music.
It made me think..
It’s rare to see something that is that bit different from a normal gig, but this worked very well. See this if it’s in your town.