Britain’s oldest boy band emerge from lockdown and hit the road as The Fisherman’s Friends – combined age 401 (and three-quarters) – announce their Unlocked & Unleashed tour for 2021.

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.

“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,” says extravagantly moustachioed MC and bass man Jon Cleave.

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.

This year, despite the best efforts of the global pandemic, the boys have kept fans entertained in 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 performed at screenings of the film at the Wavelength Drive-In Cinema in Watergate Bay.

Next year filming begins 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.

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.

UK DATES 2021 

09        April    Manchester Bridgewater Hall

10        April    Hull City Hall

11        April    Brighton Dome

06        May     Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

09        Sep      Birmingham Symphony Hall

10        Sep      York Barbican

11        Sep      Edinburgh Queens Hall

12        Sep      Sheffield City Hall

23        Sep      Glasgow Royal Concert 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


Tickets go on general sale at 10:00am on Friday 16th October and will be available from

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