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The Fisherman's Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac on Cornwall's rugged, panoramic north coast, who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years.
Down on the harbour front of the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac, the authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of the Fisherman's Friends. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this ten-man group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.
There's no gang leader, no choir master and no holds barred in the singing of the Fisherman's Friends. And fisherman's friends they truly are - each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.
Kids love it. I went up to one group of teenagers and asked, how come you know all the words, and they said, we've been coming here since we were four!John Lethbridge