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The original sole men, Cornwall’s tightest band of brothers and its best-known musical export, the Fisherman’s Friends will be heading back on the road for a run of UK tour dates in the Spring.
In a show that’s guaranteed to warm the cockles, the group’s eight good men brew up a heady mix of hearty song, salty banter and tall tales from the high seas that involves the audience at every turn. As well as meeting up with old friends, the Fisherman’s Friends are sure to make plenty of new ones as they play eleven dates, starting at Ilkley King’s Hall on 16th February and ending at Wimborne Tivoli Theatre on 31st March.
“We can’t wait to get back to performing live – it’s the reason we started the Fisherman’s Friends in the first place,” says MC and bass man Jon Cleave, he of the flamboyant moustaches.
This Spring tour ties in with the release of the eagerly awaited eponymous new film about the band which will arrive in cinemas on 15th March along with an album of music from the film.
The movie is based on the true story of this West Country musical phenomenon that got to together 30 years ago to raise money for local charities by performing sea shanties on the beach in Port Isaac and managed to conquer the top 10 in 2010. They also performed on Glastonbury’s legendary Pyramid Stage, the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and subsequently have toured all over the UK.
The film of their meteoric rise features 17 songs recorded in their local church in St Kew. Some new, some borrowed and some slightly blue. While only making cameo appearances in the film the bands unique songs and voices weave their way through the heartfelt, poignant and at times hilarious narrative, providing the bedrock for what has already been hailed as one of the film highlights of 2019.
The Fisherman’s Friends are: fisher brothers John and Jeremy Brown; writer/shopkeeper Jon Cleave; potter Billy Hawkins; smallholder and engineer John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge; builder John McDonnell (a Yorkshireman who visited Port Isaac more than 30 years ago and never left); Padstow fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb.