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Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends

Port Isaacs’s Fisherman’s Friends

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers–each of whom are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in the local area–from Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this ten-man group sing a rousing set of shanties and Cornish folk songs. This album, recorded in a 15th-century church in nearby St Kew, features a rich haul of 12 songs from their Port Isaac repertoire, including the classic “South Australia”, the haunting Cornish robber ballad “The Cadgwith Anthem” and the beautiful “Brightly Beams”.