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Fisherman's Friends announce UK tour (2019)

Fisherman's Friends

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING their Winter Warmer tour this month renowned Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends have announced a UK tour for September and October 2019.

The original ‘buoy band’, bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, for 30 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea.

A decade ago they were persuaded to sign the record deal that saw their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends go Gold as they became the first ever traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album.

The incredible true story of how that happened is told in the new movie Fisherman’s Friends, starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton and Noel Clarke, with cameo appearances from the group whose voices also appear on the soundtrack.

What’s more, in an incredible twist of fate, Pete Hicks who appears in the on-screen Fisherman’s Friends has now joined the actual line up and will be out on tour with the boys this autumn. The new film will be released in cinemas across the UK on Friday, March 15.

“Singing live is what we’re all about, it’s why we started the group in the first place,” says MC and bass man Jon Cleave, instantly recognisable from his extravagant moustaches. “The film has been a wonderful experience and is something we can all be very proud of, but we’re itching to get back on the road, renew some old friendships and make lots of new ones as well.”

Released alongside the Fisherman’s Friends film, the group’s latest album Keep Hauling features 17 sea shanties – some old, some new and some slightly blue.

Tickets for the autumn UK tour go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, March 15.

The UK tour dates are (all September and October 2019)

21 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
24 – Gateshead Sage

6 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
7 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
8 – Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
11 – London Barbican
12 – Exeter Uni Great Hall