The 10 friends from a small Cornish fishing village became one of Universal Music’s biggest selling new acts of the year. Following the phenomenal success of their first album, Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, have won the ‘Good Tradition’ Award at this year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards in London.
Brought to the attention of Universal Music by record producer Rupert Christie, who spotted them whilst on a holiday in Port Isaac performing in the local pub, the label signed them for a whopping £1 million in March of last year.
A month later their debut album was released and became the third highest selling album on the Universal Music roster for 2010. They will release their next single, a double ‘A’ Side of the famous Young’s song 'When The Boat Comes In' and 'What Will We Do With A Drunken Sailor" in April and will be performing at various festivals this summer ahead of a nationwide tour later this year.
Their success is evident as this year their story is to be made into a movie by the world famous Ealing Studios and they have recently been signed as the ‘all-singing’ faces of a new TV advertising campaign for Young’s Breaded range - the first ad will be directed by twice Oscar nominated Peter CattaneoIt - a phenomenal success story for the group who are or have been fishermen, lifeboat men and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.
With some great characters and stunning tunes, they’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel.
In this video, these 10 fisherman from Cornwall talk about music and their new found fame:
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