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BBC Radio 3: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

May 1 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Award-winning North East folk band The Young’uns – Sean Cooney and David Eagle with Jack Rutter (for Michael Hughes) present their production of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, recorded in front of a live audience in their hometown of Stockton-on-Tees.

It’s the true story of one man’s journey from unemployment, through the Hunger Marches of the 1930s, the mass trespass movement, and the Battle of Cable Street, to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. A touching and often hilarious musical adventure, its themes of war, hunger, poverty, and displacement have a powerful resonance almost a hundred years on.

To be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on the 1 May 2022 at 7.30pm – UK time.


May 1
19:30 - 20:30


BBC Radio 3