Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, for more than 20 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt in their native Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, to raise money for charity. They sing the traditional songs of the sea, handed down to them by their forefathers.
In 2010 they signed a major record deal and their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends went Gold and they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. Since then they’ve been the subject of an ITV documentary, released the hit albums One and All (2013) and Proper Job (2015) and played to tens of thousands of fans at home and abroad. They sang for HM The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011.
As well as touring the UK, The Fisherman’s Friends have played many festival including Glastonbury, Sidmouth and Cambridge.
The Fisherman’s Friends are: brothers John and Jeremy Brown, writer and shopkeeper, bass man and moustachioed MC 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), fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb.
The Fisherman’s Friends have been widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing but a cornerstone of their success has been their constantly evolving and expanding repertoire.
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