15 Upcoming Events
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- 04/11/2021Find ticketsCheltenham Town Hall - Cheltenham Fisherman's Friends Nov 04 19:00Thursday 19:00Cheltenham Town Hall - CheltenhamFisherman's Friends
- 05/11/2021Find ticketsSouthend Cliffs Pavilion - Southend-On-Sea Fisherman's Friends Nov 05 19:00Friday 19:00Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Southend-On-SeaFisherman's Friends
- 06/11/2021Find ticketsDe Montfort Hall - Leicester Fisherman's Friends Nov 06 19:00Saturday 19:00De Montfort Hall - LeicesterFisherman's Friends
- 07/11/2021Find ticketsBournemouth Pavilion - Bournemouth Fisherman's Friends Nov 07 19:00Sunday 19:00Bournemouth Pavilion - BournemouthFisherman's Friends
- 02/12/2021Find ticketsSt David's Hall - Cardiff Fisherman's Friends Dec 02 19:00Thursday 19:00St David's Hall - CardiffFisherman's Friends
- 03/12/2021Find ticketsRoyal and Derngate - Northampton Fisherman's Friends Dec 03 19:00Friday 19:00Royal and Derngate - NorthamptonFisherman's Friends
- 04/12/2021Find ticketsPlymouth Pavilions - Plymouth Fisherman's Friends Dec 04 19:00Saturday 19:00Plymouth Pavilions - PlymouthFisherman's FriendsLimited Availability
- 03/02/2022Find ticketsHull City Hall - Hull Fisherman's Friends Feb 03 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00Hull City Hall - HullFisherman's Friends
- 04/02/2022Friday 19:00Bridgewater Hall - ManchesterFisherman's Friends - Unlocked & UnleashedFind ticketsBridgewater Hall - Manchester Fisherman's Friends - Unlocked & Unleashed Feb 04 2022 19:00Find ticketsBridgewater Hall - Manchester Fisherman's Friends - Unlocked & Unleashed Feb 04 2022 19:00
- 05/02/2022Find ticketsBrighton Dome - Brighton Fisherman's Friends Feb 05 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00Brighton Dome - BrightonFisherman's Friends
- 03/03/2022Find ticketsRoyal Concert Hall Notts - Nottingham Fisherman's Friends Mar 03 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00Royal Concert Hall Notts - NottinghamFisherman's Friends
- 04/03/2022Find ticketsBath Forum - Bath Fisherman's Friends Mar 04 2022 19:00Friday 19:00Bath Forum - BathFisherman's Friends
- 05/03/2022Find ticketsVenue Cymru Theatre - Llandudno Fisherman's Friends Mar 05 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00Venue Cymru Theatre - LlandudnoFisherman's Friends
- 09/04/2022Find ticketsThe Fire Station - Sunderland Fisherman's Friends Apr 09 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00The Fire Station - SunderlandFisherman's Friends
- 10/04/2022Find ticketsThe Old Fruitmarket - Glasgow Fisherman's Friends Apr 10 2022 19:00Sunday 19:00The Old Fruitmarket - GlasgowFisherman's Friends
Britain’s oldest boy band
The heart-warming 2019 film Fisherman’s Friends captured the spirit of the real-life group of singers who share the same name. Although the characters were inventions, the story about a record label manager who stumbles across a group of musically gifted fishermen and turns them into stars isn’t.
Fisherman’s Friends are a “buoy band” from Port Isaac, Cornwall who met on the harbour and bonded over a love of singing sea shanties. They were discovered in 2009 when BBC Radio presenter Johnnie Walker happened across their homemade CDs – Suck’em And Sea, Home From The Sea and Another Mouthful From… The Fisherman’s Friends – while visiting the area on holiday. His manager Ian Brown travelled down soon after and signed them to a £1 million recording contract that led to the release of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends in 2010. That album was the first ever by a traditional folk act to land in the top 10 of the UK albums chart.
Later that year, ITV filmed a documentary called Fisherman’s Friends that traced their journey from singing on the quayside in a remote village for over 20 years to becoming in-demand stars at festivals and concerts all across the country.
Among their many highlights, Fisherman’s Friends starred in an advert for Young’s Seafood and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011, sang at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and played Glastonbury on several occasions. The group have also released four more albums: 2013’s One And All, 2015’s Proper Job, 2018’s Sole Mates and 2019’s Keep Hauling.
Although the line-up has changed over the past decade, Fisherman’s Friends continue to perform for enthusiastic fans in the UK and abroad. The group’s current members include lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown, writer and shopkeeper Jon Cleave, smallholder and engineer John “Lefty” Lethbridge, builder John McDonnell, Padstow fisherman Jason Nicholas, filmmaker Toby Lobb and former ambulance driver Pete Hicks.
During the lockdown in early 2020, Fisherman’s Friends posted weekly songs and poems on their YouTube series Mares Tales & Mackerel Scales. Over the summer, they played shows at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre and during screenings of the Fisherman’s Friends film at a drive-in in Watergate Bay. In addition, a sequel – Fisherman’s Friends 2: Bound For South Australia – was confirmed to begin filming in 2021 that will revisit the gang’s journey Down Under while they struggled to put their second album together.
In October 2020, Fisherman’s Friends announced their Unlocked & Unleashed tour for 2021.
Fisherman's Friends are taking their Unlocked & Unleashed tour across the country from 9 April – 4 December 2021.
Fisherman's Friends 2021 UK tour will travel to the following cities:
Tickets for the Fisherman's Friends 2021 UK tour Unlocked & Unleashed go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 16 October 2020.