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Maiden voyage to Looe for Cornwall’s favourite shanty singers

Looe beach will be awash with shanty-singing fishermen in September as the Fisherman’s Friends are confirmed for the main stage at Looe Music Festival 2016.

They’ve performed at Glastonbury and the Royal Albert Hall but this will be their first appearance at Looe. They’re no strangers to outdoor performances though, as they regularly sing on the beach in Port Isaac throughout the summer months. For the past 15 years tourists and locals have gathered each Friday night at The Platt to hear the group perform their incredibly rousing and joyful repertoire of sea shanties and folk songs.

And fishy friends they truly are – each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboat-men and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.