Fisherman’s Friends became the first British band since the Beatles to inspire two feature films.
The Cornish group of marine barracks singers began performing in their hometown of Port Isaac in 1995, before securing a record deal with Universal Music’s Island Records in 2010.
The group – which currently consists of brothers John and Jeremy Brown, John Lethbridge, Jason Nicholas, Toby Lobb, John McDonnell, Jon Cleave and Pete Hicks – were the inspiration for the 2019 film The Fisherman’s Friends, starring Daniel Mays. , James Purefoy and David Hayman.
The film saw cynical London music executive Danny, played by Mays, 44, discover a group of singers from 10 Cornish fishermen during a stag weekend and followed his attempt to make them believe they could achieve a top ten.
The sequel to the film, Fisherman’s Friends: One And All, will be released on August 19 and will see Purefoy, 58, reprise the role of Jim, along with other returning cast members including Maggie Steed, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Jade Anouka. and Hayman, 74.
The second film, which sees the group grappling with their second album following the blast from their Pyramid Stage performance at the Glastonbury Festival, will also feature a slew of new cast members including Richard Harrington as new band member Morgan. and Ramon Tikaram, Joshua McGuire and Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, in her debut role.
On May 48, he also joins Fisherman’s Friends for three songs from the film’s soundtrack album – and the band’s tenth – which will be released alongside the film.
Speaking of the upcoming film, the band’s founder, Cleave, said: “Without sounding too biblical about it, there have been two releases of The Fisherman’s Friends.”
He added, “First when we got caught and got the record deal and all that malarkey, and then once all that initial interest gradually waned, the movie came out and the whole thing started over.
“While it is all very exciting, even for us Cornish gentlemen of a certain age, we hope we have managed to stand firm at the helm, remain true to ourselves and not make us believe we are something we are not …”
Band manager Ian Brown added: “When I was lucky enough to meet the band singing in Port Isaac, I knew there was a larger audience for their music. A Sea Shanty is a pop song that hit the charts before electricity was invented, after all. What we need to do with the drunken sailor is the 18th century Let It Be.
“What no one could predict was how much people would love them as people and their ever-changing history. They are the perfect tonic for our times ”.
The band is poised for further success as Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical will tour the UK from September before expanding to Canada, the US and Australia.
Fisherman’s Friends have already performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Glastonbury festival. They also received the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011.