16 Oct 2020
After a previous sell-out concert at York Barbican, The Fisherman's Friends band return to York on 10 September 2021!
Britain’s oldest boy band emerge from lockdown and hit the road as The Fisherman’s Friends – combined age 401 (and three-quarters) – announce their Unlocked & Unleashed tour for 2021.
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, and for 40 years they have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea.
“And now we can’t wait to show the rest of the country what they’ve been missing – singing live is in our blood, almost as much as the sea”, says the extravagantly moustachioed bass player, Jon Cleave.
Starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton, Noel Clarke and with cameo appearances from the group, Fisherman’s Friends took $10 million at the box office and saw the boys perform at the 2019 Cannes film festival, as well as another sell-out UK tour.
This year, despite the best efforts of the global pandemic, the boys have kept fans entertained in lockdown posting weekly songs and poems on their YouTube series ‘Mares Tales & Mackerel Scales’.
Next year filming begins on Fisherman’s Friends 2 as the boys return to the studio to record a new album, the follow up to the hit soundtrack Keep Hauling that is well on its way to Gold sales.
Known as Cornwall’s best-known musical export, a decade ago the band were persuaded to sign the 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 ten album.
Since then, they’ve performed at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, played Glastonbury festival and have been honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
They’ve also been the subject of an ITV documentary, released the hit albums One and All (2013), Proper Job (2015) and Sole Mates (2018) and continue to play to tens of thousands of fans at home and abroad.
The Fisherman’s Friends are lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown; shopkeeper Jon Cleave; engineer John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge; builder John; Padstow fisherman Jason Nicholas; filmmaker Toby Lobb and the new boy, former ambulance driver Pete Hicks.
Click here to get your tickets for Fisherman's Friends: Unlocked & Unleashed on 10 Sep 2021