‘Another Man’s Ground’ The Young’uns - outstanding harmonies, poignant stories and social commentary(April 19, 2015)
The Young’uns have gained a deserved reputation for delivering songs rich with outstanding harmonies, poignant storytelling and biting social commentary, ‘Another Man’s Ground’ continues to reinforce that standing. It’s a celebration of the age-old, ceaseless battle that working class folk fight to keep body and soul together, make a stand for their rights, and bend not break under the harshness of a life that’s miles away from that lived by those who know not the meaning of struggle.
‘Another Man’s Ground’ offers tales ranging across the striving of everyday people - making a stand for their dignity, suffering under the yoke of cultural violence, steadily abandoning the land for the cities and moving across the war-torn world. As well as their own superbly evocative self-penned songs, The Young’uns take the span of their inspirations from traditional sources, the works of Billy Bragg, Graeme Miles, Ewan MaColl and Walter Kittredge … doing more than justice to each along the way.
From the traditional thought-provoking tales of pawning possessions for food in ‘Jimmy Go Down To Your Uncles’ to surviving by sheep-stealing in ‘The Brisk Lad’, through the acute contemporary honesty of ‘You Won’t Find Me On Benefits Street’ - those Stockton residents that rightly decided to chase away a Channel 4 film crew, to their take on ‘Between The Wars’, Billy Bragg’s accusative observation written during the Miner’s Strike. They explore the disgusting horror of so-called honour killings through ‘The Streets Of Lahore’, the almost fantastical message-in-a-bottle story of ‘Private Hughes’ whose message-carrying bottle was dropped into the sea in 1914 finally to be found in 1999, Walter Kittredge’s powerful song of peace,‘Tenting Tonight’ sung by both Confederate and Union troops during America’s Civil War and their utterly tender tale of compassion told through ‘Brewster & Wagner’.
Without doubt, The Young’uns have crafted another fine album, and once again they hold their audience rapt throughout. The Young’uns are Sean Cooney (vocals) David Eagle (vocals, accordion, piano) and Michael Hughes (vocals, guitar) with Bob Fox guest vocal on ‘Brewster & Wagner’.
Reviewer: Tim Carroll