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Radio Ballads

Posted by Sean Cooney on November 11, 2017 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a real honour to be asked to write a song for the Ballad of the Great War 1917.   The Radio Ballads are held in very high esteem.  Introduced in the 1950s by Charles Parker and Ewan Maccoll they weave songs around the oral testimonies that inspired them and gave birth to some of the most enduring folk songs of the twentieth century like Shoals of Herring and School Days Over.  Re introduced to mark the centenary of the Great War, my contribution is Trench Raid and has been arranged and performed by Barry Coope.  The programme is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 9pm on 11th November 2017 and is available here

Story time in Sheffield November 2017

Posted by Sean Cooney on November 9, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a wonderful morning telling stories in my local pub.  Thanks to Miles and everyone at the Waggon and Horses in Sheffield for having me.  We had over 60 babies and toddlers squeezed in for a 30 minute session of stories and songs with lots of joining in.  Watch this space for further events

Holy Trinity Ashton Under Lyne May 2017

Posted by Sean Cooney on May 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Wonderful return visit to Holy Trinity School Ashton Under Lyne telling stories of equality, migration and soggy toast

Free Storytelling Sample Sessions to Schools in South Sheffield Spring/Summer 2017

Posted by Sean Cooney on March 18, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Though the majority of my time is taken up by being part of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning group, the Young'uns, I have some availability for storytelling in the Spring/Summer of 2017.  

For a limtied time I am offering a free sample session of my storytelling work to schools in my new local area of South Sheffield. For more details contact me at [email protected]  07581550903

Whitkirk Primary School 15th March 2017

Posted by Sean Cooney on March 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Another lovely day in Whitkirk Primary School Leeds.  Exhilarating experience telling 30 stories to 415 pupils before delivering a 90 minute twilight INSET session to a very responsive group of 20 staff.  Thanks for having me

"Sean Cooney, also of our favourite folk group The Young’uns, was in school wearing his storytelling hat (not literally, although I’m sure he’s got one!) and he worked with all classes and year groups across the day. The children were enthralled by his tales from all over the world (some true, some not so true) and enjoyed taking part in the interactive parts with real enthusiasm. Storytelling is such an important and enjoyable way of developing literacy skills, especially speaking and listening, that it was great to have a focus on this. Having spent the whole day with the children Sean then gave a training session to staff in order to develop our storytelling skills and to help us plan opportunities within lessons. I know that some classes have included storytelling in their lessons over the past couple of days – including one PE session!"


Whitkirk Primary School Leeds March 2017

The Transports

Posted by Sean Cooney on March 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It was a great honour to play the role of Henry Cable in the re invention of Peter Bellamy's classic folk opera the Transports in January and February 2017.  


The reception we received was amazing and was topped off by this amazing 5 star review in the Guardian

Narrator and storyteller Matthew Crampton and I brought the story behind the show to a much younger audience when we delivered 2 days of workshops in Shrophire in partnership with Shrewsbury Folk Festival.   Here we are putting the children from Trinity Primary school inside Norwich Gaol

March 2017 World Book Day and Beyond

Posted by Sean Cooney on March 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Had some great fun recently celebrating World Book Day with the children of St Bega's Primary School in  Hartlepool. Also had lovely return visits to Chorlton Park Primary School working all day stimulating listening, speaking and motor skills with Early Years and Reception children in Manchester and spent 2 action packed days engaging with every pupil in West Park Primary in Hartlepool and Whitkirk Primary in Leeds

2017 Storytelling Availability - Mainly March

Posted by Sean Cooney on January 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sadly due to musical commitments with the Young'uns I am not available for bookings for National Storytelling Week (Jan 28th - Feb 4th) and my availability for solo storytelling work is very limited in 2017

However, I am takings bookings around World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March - and have some availability for storytelling visits throughout March

Please contact me on [email protected] or 07581550903 for more information and bookings

Storytelling Availability 2016

Posted by Sean Cooney on February 16, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A very busy year singing with the Young'uns is once again going to limit my storytelling trips in 2016 but I do have odd dates available in the weeks commencing 23rd May, 6th June, 13th June, 27th June and in September

2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nomination

Posted by Sean Cooney on February 16, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Delighted to be nominated for the 2nd year in a row for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with the Young'uns.  Looking forward to the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 27th April.  After winning the award in 2015, this year proves to be even busier with a tour of Australia in March, an 18 date UK tour in April, tour of Canada in July and lots of festivals including Shepley, Beverely, Lym, Ely, Moonbeams, Sidmouth, Wickham, Broadstairs, Folk East, Towersey, Bromyard, Derby and more!