Britain’s 'oldest boy band' emerge from lockdown and hit the road as The Fisherman’s Friends – combined age 401 (and three-quarters) will be heading out on their Unlocked & Unleashed tour this year, with further rescheduled dates in March 2022.

Due to demand, the band have announced three new shows at Bath Forum on March 4, Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre on March 5 and Sunderland Fire Station on March 9 2022.

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 40 years they have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea.

MC and bass man Jon Cleave said: "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."

Starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton and Noel Clarke with cameo appearances from the group whose voices also appear on the soundtrack, Fisherman’s Friends took $10 million at the box office and saw the boys perform at the 2019 Cannes film festival as well as sell out another UK tour.

The boys kept fans entertained during lockdown posting weekly songs and poems on their YouTube series 'Mares Tales & Mackerel Scales.'

They also played sell out summer shows at Cornwall’s iconic Minack Theatre and various festivals as well as performing at screenings of the film at the Wavelength Drive-In Cinema in Watergate Bay.

This year filming started on Fisherman’s Friends 2 as the boys return to the studio to record a new album, the follow up to the hit soundtrack album Keep Hauling that is well on its way to Gold sales.

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Cornwall’s best-known musical export, a decade ago The Fisherman’s Friends 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 ever traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album.

Since then they’ve sang at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, played Glastonbury festival and 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 continued to play to tens of thousands of fans at home and abroad.

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; film maker Toby Lobb and the new boy, former ambulance driver Pete Hicks.

UK Dates - 2021

09-Sep: Birmingham Symphony Hall

10-Sep: York Barbican

11-Sep: Edinburgh Queens Hall

12-Sep: Sheffield City Hall

24-Sep: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

25-Sep: Oxford New Theatre

26-Sep: Torquay Princess Theatre

07-Oct: London Palladium

08-Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange

09-Oct: Ipswich Regent

10-Oct: Portsmouth Guildhall

04-Nov: Cheltenham Town Hall

05-Nov: Southend Cliffs Pavilion

06-Nov: Leicester De Montfort Hall

07-Nov: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

02-Dec: Cardiff St David's Hall

03-Dec: Northampton Derngate

04-Dec: Plymouth Pavilions


03-Feb: Hull City Hall - *rescheduled*

04-Feb: Manchester Bridgewater Hall - *rescheduled*

05-Feb: Brighton Dome - *rescheduled*

03-Mar: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall - *rescheduled*

04-Mar: Bath Forum - *new date*

05-Mar: Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre - *new date*

09-Mar: Sunderland Fire Station - *new date*

10-Apr: Glasgow Fruitmarket - *rescheduled*

Tickets for the new dates in Bath and Llandudno go on sale at 10:00am on Friday September 3, tickets for Sunderland go on sale 10:00am Friday September 17.

Tickets for the rest of the tour are on sale now.

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