Original Cornish ‘buoy band’ to sing for supper
They have nine albums to their name as well as two feature films, a stage musical, a book and a TV documentary. They’ve played for royalty and to tens of thousands of fans in sell-out tours year in, year out.
No, it’s not The Beatles or Take That – it’s Cornwall’s Fisherman’s Friends.
Britain’s oldest boy band – combined age 401 – have just announced a string of tour dates and that includes a concert at Parr Hall on Friday, 5 May, 2023.
“We can’t wait to get out and about and sing live for our supper again – we love it,” said founding member and bass man Jon Cleave.
A decade ago, Fisherman’s Friends were persuaded to sign a million-pound record deal that saw their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends go Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top 10 album.
And thanks to the small film with a big heart that shares their name, the story of the original Cornish ‘buoy band’ is known around the world.
Bound by shared experience, for more than 30 years they have gathered on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea – songs that in some cases have been handed down for hundreds of years and connected them to generations of Cornish fishermen that have come before them.
The film’s sequel Fisherman’s Friends 2 will be released this June. The story follows the group from the highs of starring on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, through the lows of struggling to make a follow-up album.
James Purefoy, David Hayman, Maggie Steed and Dave Johns are among those returning from the first film, with Imelda May making her acting debut as singer Aubrey Flynn and a guest appearance from broadcaster Chris Evans, who grew up in Warrington.
Based on the first film, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical broke all box office records when it premiered at Hall For Cornwall last year.
The Fisherman’s Friends are lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown, writer/ shopkeeper Jon Cleave, 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, filmmaker Toby Lobb and the new boy, former ambulance driver Pete Hicks.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit parrhall.culturewarrington.org or call the Box Office on 01925 442345.