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Fisherman’s Friends release 10th Album

Jan 17, 2024


“All roads lead to The Fisherman’s Friends!” So said broadcast legend and long-time fan, Jo Whiley on the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage,  just after the boys had sung their Cornish hearts out on the Avalon Stage,  to rapturous applause from a packed crowd.

And who can argue? This year they’ve reached 104,000 followers on Facebook, signed a fifth album deal with Island Records, on top of the 50,000 concert tickets they sold last year with another 250,000 sold for Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, while their two feature films have grossed  £15 million at the UK box office.

This year kicks off with the release of their tenth album All Aboard The music is a mixture of floor fillers from the 18th century and a couple of rogue ones from the 20th & 21st thrown in for good measure, this album is everything you want it to be; with stirring songs from the sea, often poignant but mostly foot-stomping, rip-roaring fun!. This album also coincides with their 2024 tour ‘Rock The Boat’ which is already sold out and includes headline show at The Royal Albert Hall.

The Fisherman’s Friends are excited to get back to what they do best – singing from the heart.

“That’s where we belong, singing live. It’s all about sharing the songs we love with the people we love to see, our wonderful audiences up and down the land,” says founder member, bass man Jon CleaveCleavie to his ship mates.

“We have to say though, the Albert Hall will be a bit special. Thirty years ago some of us were there with the Cornish Male Voice Choir, then we went back with the band a couple of times as guests of Show of Hands and we played there at the BBC Folk Awards in 2014, but this will be our first show as headliners. Not bad for a band of part-timers from Port Isaac, is it?”

Fans can expect a trademark catch of sea shanties and maritime work songs from a repertoire of almost 200 titles as The Fisherman’s Friends are joined by two new musicians, Marcus Bonfanti and Simon Johnson, playing a collection of instruments including bass, banjo, mandolin and resonator guitar.

The theatre tour gets underway on 19 January by the sea in Chichester and plots a course around the country to finish in Poole on 12 May, back within sight of the sea. After a summer break, the band pick it up in Birmingham on 5 September and on to Gateshead, Manchester, Bristol, two shows in Truro, Brighton, London, Cambridge, York and Edinburgh.

It all seems a very long way from the group of fishermen and their friends who first gathered in 1990 in a sitting room in their native Port Isaac to sing the Cornish songs of the sea that were part of their lives. It took a while, but before long they were ‘discovered’ by the wider world, caught a million-pound record deal, and gate crashed the charts with a Top 10 album in 2010. So began a well-charted voyage of discovery that has taken in ten albums, a BBC Folk Award, best-selling book, TV documentary and prestigious performances from The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations to Hyde Park Proms in the Park and 80,000 rugby fans at Twickenham… (They have also been spotted sneaking into the Strictly Come Dancing studio …. https://fb.watch/pDKXzg6z45/ )  all while holding down day jobs.

And through it all they’ve remained exactly what they were when it all began back in that sitting room in Port Isaac – fishermen and their friends.

The Fisherman’s Friends are: lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown, author and 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 potter Billy Hawkins, they will also be joined by two very talented musicians Marcus Bonfanti and Simon Johnson.

Tour Dates’

Fri 19th Jan
Chichester Festival Theatre,
*SOLD OUT*

Sat 20th Jan
The Anvil, Basingstoke
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sun 21st Jan
The Princess Theatre, Torquay
LAST FEW TICKETS

Fri 9th Feb
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sat 10th Feb
Bridlington Spa, Bridlington
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sun 11th Feb
Town Hall, Cheltenham
LAST FEW TICKETS

Thurs 7th March
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
LAST FEW TICKETS

Fri 8th March
Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sat 9th March
Derngate, Northampton
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sun 10th March
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
LAST FEW TICKETS

Thurs 4th April
New Theatre, Oxford
LAST FEW TICKETS

Fri 5th April
New Theatre, Cardiff
SOLD OUT

Sat 6th April
Plymouth Pavilions
LAST FEW TICKETS

Thurs 9th May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Fri 10th May
Grimsby Auditorium
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sat 11th May
Regent Theatre, Ipswich
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sun 12th May
Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
LAST FEW TICKETS

Thurs 5th Sept
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Fri 6th Sept
The Sage, Gateshead

Sat 7th Sept
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
LAST FEW TICKETS

Sun 8th Sept
Bristol Beacon
LAST FEW TICKETS

Fri 4th Oct
Hall For Cornwall, Truro
SOLD OUT

Sat 5th Oct
Hall For Cornwall, Truro
SOLD OUT

Mon 7th Oct
Brighton Dome

Tues 8th Oct
The Royal Albert Hall, London

Thurs 7th Nov
Corn Exchange, Cambridge
LAST FEW TICKETS

Fri 8th Nov
Barbican, York

Sat 9th Nov
Queens Hall, Edinburgh

 

For more information please visit: www.thefishermansfriends.com

You can order the new album here: fishermansfriends.lnk.to/allaboard

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