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BBC Radio 4 - A Life in Song

Posted by Sean Cooney on September 10, 2020 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (11)

I've made a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on writing songs about real people" target="_blank">http://

Free Sample Storytelling samples for Sheffield Schools Spring/Summer 2018

Posted by Sean Cooney on February 14, 2018 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (10)

For a limited time I am offering free sample sessions of storytelling (for up to an hour) for any primary school in the Sheffield area. (this can be for one class or classes grouped together for any primary aged children)

I am very passionate about the power of storytelling to stimulate speaking, listening and motor skills in children of all abilities and have over 10 years of experience working in 100s o...

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 Nominations

Posted by Sean Cooney on February 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Very excited to be nominated for two awards in this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with my band the Young'uns.   

Best Original Track for Be the Man" target="_blank">http:// 

Best Album for Strangers.  The awards are being held in Belfast on 4th April and will be live on Radio 2.  

The Best Album cat...

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Radio Ballads

Posted by Sean Cooney on November 11, 2017 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (2)

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 Tr...

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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 (4)

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  ...

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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 wo...

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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 receptio...

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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

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