My Christmas List

OK, so you’ve bought the Young’uns Audiobook and have already voraciously snaffled it up, and now you’ve got those all-too-familiar David Eagle withdrawal pangs. You just need more David Eagle. Besides, it’s the only thing that you, the kids and your spouse can agree on as family entertainment over the festive period. Fear not, here is a list of some Christmas content that I’ve done over the years to satiate your apatite and ensure peace and happiness within the whole family.

I think this will be the last time I’m in touch on here before Christmas. I’ll be back in the new year for my next exciting project, where everyday I revisit each David’s Daily Digital Dollop from 2016 and offer up a second by second, word by word analysis and commentary on each Dollop in turn. No, not really. Merry Christmas.

Tis The Season To Be Mercenary

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The holiday season is coming, the goose is getting big boned. We can’t sing “Christmas” now, can we? Or sing “the Goose is getting fat” any more, thanks to the PC brigade; yet another example of them ruining our fun. I’ve even heard that some lefty lobbyists are campaigning to change the words further to, “the holiday season is coming, the tofu is getting marinaded,” so as not to offend vegans. And of course, you can’t sing the “old man’s hat” bit now, can you? Oh no, you have to sing “please put a penny in the gender-neutral senior citizen’s hat.” Unbelievable!

Did you know that apparently a school in Brighton has dismissed their Santa Clause who’s played the role every year for the last forty years, because he refused to kowtow to the school’s new policy that “ho ho ho” is no longer allowed, as it might offend kids with stutter problems and speech impairments? They’ve got a new Father Christmas now, although of course it’s not Father Christmas; it’s a woman who they’re calling Mother Winter. Yes, and of course the school is so obsessed with being an equal opportunities employer, so this Mother Winter has got tourettes, and periodically swears at the kids. It’s political correctness gone mad! etc etc …

So, it’s that time of the year when everyone is trying desperately to get you to buy their products. Well it would be very unfestive of me to not jump on the bandwagon and attempt to sell you some stuff. The bandwagon is decked with holly, tinsel and sleigh bells, incidentally. Actually, the reason I need your money is to pay for the bandwagon; I don’t know what I was thinking. Being blind, I can’t even drive the bloody thing. It was a reckless purchase.

The Young’uns have released a book. It’s been available in softback for a couple of months, but we’ve now recorded the audio version, which is read by us. So if you’re too lazy to read, or you’re missing the Dollops and want to rekindle the joys of 2016, basking in the sound of my voice spouting drivel, then this is perfect for you. It’s a collection of tales about our various exploits and adventures over the last thirteen years, plus the stories behind the songs that we’ve written and sing as The Young’uns. You can buy the audiobook and the softback version here. The softback version has the advantage of including lots of photos, whereas the audio version has the advantage of being read to you by us. Ah, what the hell, why not opt for the full immersive sensory experience, buy them both, and read and peruse the pictures whilst listening to the audiobook? Here’s the link again. The audiobook is available as a digital download in four MP3 files.

Or if you’re a tight-arse, or maybe you’re going to buy the book but just want even more of me in your life, then there is loads of free festive stuff that I’ve done over the years. I’ll be back tomorrow with another blog, featuring a list of my festive content from Christmases past. But I don’t want to bombard you with too many links today, as it might distract you from clicking this one and buying The Young’uns book.

Until tomorrow …

P.S. Does any one want to buy a bandwagon off me?

The Young’uns Podcast: Bob Sleigh Fox

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In this edition of The Young’uns Podcast, presented to you from a sleigh in freezing Western Canada, we feature music, mirth and meanderings with Bob Fox, recorded at our 2016 Singing Weekend in Beverley. Bob divulges stories about his time working on the National Theatre production of War Horse, talking about various onstage and offstage mishaps. He also opens up about his love affair with The Young’uns’ very own Michael Hughes. And we play a backwards game of Trivial Pursuit.

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The Young’uns Podcast: The Erotic Dance Of The Rolling Pin (with Quicksilver)

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This week’s guests are Quicksilver, comprising Grant Baynham, a regular contributor on BBC One’s That’s Life with Esther Rantzen in the 80s, and Hilary Spencer from the vocal harmony trio Artisan. As well as playing live for us, They share anecdotes of post-gig accommodation traumas, Grant talks about writing comedy songs for radio and his time on the TV with Esther Rantzen, and there’s a particularly patriotic Herbal Tea of The Week. There’s eccentric, flourishing guitar picking, soring vocals, hilarious wordplay, unsavoury stories, and possibly also unsavoury tea; but you’ll have to listen to find out whether that’s true.

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The Young’uns Podcast Live in Suffolk with Gilmore & Roberts

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This week’s guests are BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated duo Gilmore & Roberts. Katriona Gilmore introduces us to her talking micropig. Herbal tea Of The Week makes a return. We rant about satnavs and kettles. And we discuss odd gig experiences.

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The Young’uns Podcast in Australia

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This week’s Young’uns podcast features highlights from our 2016 Australian tour. We receive some rather unusual heckles. We nearly become major Australian reality TV stars. We are thrown into panic due to a case of mistaken identity. We’ve an Australian themed game for you to try your hand at. Find out what caused one female audience member to lodge a complaint with a festival because of our “sexist” behaviour. And what the heck did Sean do to a Cockatoo?

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The Young’uns Podcast Live From Folk East 2017 with Dan Walsh, Will Pound, Eddy Jay and Pete Flood

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The Young’uns Podcast returns to the Folk East festival in Suffolk. There’s music, chat and games with Dan Walsh, Will Pound, Eddy Jay. Pete Flood is best known for his percussion skills, being the drummer in Bellowhead, but he’s also a keen botanist, which makes him the perfect guest for our inaccurately named semi-regular feature Herbal Tea Of The Week. And there’s a live pottery demonstration.

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The Young’uns Podcast: The Antiques Folk Show With Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Richard & Jess Arrowsmith (AKA Melrose Quartet)

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The Young’uns Podcast returns to Sheffield, to the Antiques shop Rileys & Co, for music, conversation and games with Sheffield’s Melrose Quartet. There’s another epic Space Attack battle, play along with our new game, Song charades, we discuss dreams, and there’s an exciting new biscuit based feature. Plus, what’s going on with James Fagan’s trousers?

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The Young’uns Podcast In Canada (2016)

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This week’s Young’uns Podcastt features our 2016 adventures in Canada. Take a soak with us in a hot tub; come with us as we embark on a perilous boat ride. Kiss a dog, or kiss lots of dogs, so long as you’ve got the cash to splash. We have fun with Pokémon and geese. It’s the return of the Birthday Game. And we meet Don, the drummer in the ridiculously named Canadian band, The Young’uns. So roll up, roll up, step right this way, although mind that pool of blood.

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The Young’uns Podcast: Live from Sheffield with Roy Bailey and Neil McSweeney (October 10 2017)

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The wait is finally at an end. The Young’uns podcast is back for another series. Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll take you with us to Canada, Belgium, Australia, and all around the UK. We’ll be playing you some of the more interesting bits that happened between the songs at our gigs. We’ll be chatting with and hearing music from lots of our folky friends . And we’ve got some new exciting features, as well as the return of some of the tried and tested classics.

This week we’re in Sheffield, in front of a live audience, with special Sheffield guests Roy Bailey and Neil McSweeney. Now 82, Roy looks back at his sixty years of singing folk songs, and shares stories about his friendship and collaboration with Tony Ben, and talks about his decision to hand back his MBE. Sheffield singer songwriter Neil McSweeney takes us to a land of cocaine and orgiastic revelry. As well as singing and chatting, Roy and Neil battle for glory in an epic game of Space Attack. All that and a lot more will grace your ears when you stream or download this instalment of The Young’uns Podcast. Thanks also to Paul Foster from Colchester for helping with this week’s Young’uns Podcast introductory jingle.

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