The 12th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have named Port Isaacs’s very own Fisherman’s Friends winners of the Good Tradition Award.
The shanty-singing sensations recently received the prestigious gong at the awards ceremony at The Brewery in London, where they were also nominated in the Best Group category.
Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding, who co-hosted the event with West-End star Barbara Dickson, described the Fisherman’s Friends album as “cracking”, adding that is was “full of sea songs sung by blokes who do it for the greatest of all possible reasons: because they love music.”
The group of nine, who performed live during the ceremony, first captured the public’s imagination in 2010 when they made history by releasing the first ever album of traditional folk music to debut in the mainstream Top Ten album charts.
Now with a Radio 2 Award under their belt, it looks like 2011 is going to be another successful year for the gang of old pals from Port Isaac. “It’s all just amazing, really exciting. I can’t quite believe it,” said band member and village potter Billy Hawkins, “it’s a fantastic start to the year.”
With a diary a tour dates – including a couple of shows at the Minack Theatre in May – The Friends have got a busy schedule ahead of them. “”My gentle retirement, playing a lot of golf, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” says Billy, “I have to spend more time practising now!”
With more gigs soon to be announced, as well as the forthcoming release of a documentary charting the highs and lows of the band’s first year in the spotlight, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch The Friends in action.