“The original buoy band”, Fisherman’s Friends, have today announced a new movie, Fisherman’s Friends: One and All. Following hot on the heels of their 2019 cinema debut, the film will be released in cinemas on August 19th, with a new soundtrack album hitting the stores on the same day packed full of traditional sea shanties (plus one or two originals).
Says John Cleeve, a founding member of Cornwall’s best-known sea shanties group, “Without sounding too biblical about it there have been two comings of The Fisherman’s Friends. First when we got discovered and got the recording contract and all that, and that gradually over the years faded, then when the movie came out and we got a taste of it all over again. But through all that excitement we’ve managed to keep hold of ourselves and realise we’re popular because we are what we are, not because of anything we might think we are afterwards.”
The new movie picks up 12 months after the original, as the band deals with difficult-second-album syndrome, finding new band members, and an increasingly woke world. Struggling with the pitfalls and temptations of new-found fame, the film will climax with a triumphant performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage. It features much of the same cast, including James Purefoy, Maggie Steed, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Jade Anouka and David Hayman, plus a debut screen performance from Irish singer-songwriter, Imelda May.
As if two movies and 10 albums in little over a decade were not enough, Fisherman’s Friends the Musical is about to head out on a nationwide tour, having also recently opened in Canada. If you thought the sea shanty craze was a thing of past pandemics, you probably thought wrong. Don’t count your herrings before they’ve been batched.
The new movie, Fisherman’s Friends: One and All, opens in cinemas across the country on August 19th. For more information on Fisherman’s Friends: the Musical, click here.