in conversation with The young'uns

forever young 'uns

Saturday 21st October

Home - 11am


The Teesside trio return in 2017 with an extensive October UK tour accompanying the release of Strangers: their eagerly anticipated new album of folk songs for our times – a homage to the outsider, a eulogy for the wayfarer

and a hymn for the migrant.

Forever Young‘uns offers a unique opportunity to catch the lads in the middle of their national tour, for an hour of informal conversation in an intimate setting.

“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless ***** " - The Guardian

The Young'uns will be in conversation with respected music journalist and best selling author Colin Irwin. 

Colin Irwin has had an impressive career in music journalism.

A music reviewer for amongst others - The Guardian, The Independent, fRoots, Colin has also been a Mercury Music Prize judge. He's written books on Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, and in 2017, his theatrical music show, 'She Moved Through The Fair: The Legend Of Margaret Barry', co-written with Irish singer Mary McPartlan, was successfully debuted in front of a sell-out audience at Glasgow's Tron Theatre as part of the Celtic Connections festival.

In conversation with Tom Robinson


Join British songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson in conversation with journalist and Louder Than War boss John Robb in this Manchester Folk Festival exclusive. 

Tom Robinson's music career began with the acoustic trio Café Society, whose eponymous 1975 album was produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks and sold less than 500 copies. He then formed the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International.

He subsequently wrote co-songs with Elton John while forming his third band, Sector 27. While enjoying only modest success in the UK, the band achieved cult status in New York. In 1981 they played Madison Square Garden with The Police and toured the US extensively before splitting later that year.

In the early 1990s Tom's career as radio broadcaster began to take off: he went on to host programmes on all eight of the

BBC‘s national radio stations and win two gold Sony

Academy Radio Awards.

He was on the founding team for alternative music station BBC Radio 6 Music when it launched in 2002 and figured prominently in the campaign to save the station when it was threatened with closure in 2010. Tom currently hosts three shows a week at BBC Radio 6 Music where he has become known as a champion of new emerging artists via BBC Introducing. He also hosts his own music blog for independent artists at Fresh On The Net.

In 2015 Robinson released Only The Now – his first new studio album in almost 20 years.

John Robb is an award-winning journalist and boss of music website and magazine Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name.  He constantly tours the world with two bands - Goldblade and the Membranes - playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

Glad to Be Grey

Sunday 22nd October

11am - HOME, cinema 2


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