Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

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About Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

Based in a small fishing village on the Celtic Sea in North Cornwall, traditional English folk group Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends first began performing portside at dusk (during the summer months) for tourists and locals in 1995. Built on a foundation of maritime history and its rich oral traditions, and specializing in Forebitters, shanteys, and traditional Cornish folk songs, the ten-man group claims no bandleader, rather the spirited army of fisherman, lifeboatmen, coastguards, builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shopkeepers trade off leads, while the remaining vocalists harmonize -- the members have been friends since childhood, and learned to sing together at their local Methodist church. The group, who inked a deal with Universal in the late 2000s, released their eponymous debut album in 2010. ~ James Christopher Monger

Port Isaac, Cornwall, England