SINGING ON THE PLATT, PORT ISAAC
The "Platt", or harbour in Port Isaac is where the Fisherman's Friends story really began....
In 1991, after a few self-conscious singing practices in John Brown's front room (and a few more lubricated practices in the Golden Lion!), the FFs took their shanty songs out for all to see and hear as they stood at the top of the Platt and sang to ever-growing audiences. The idea was to sing a few songs, shake a collection bucket and raise some money for local charities.
What started out as a bit of fun on a Friday night soon became a must-see event for locals and holiday makers alike, a highlight on their calendars and a sociable way to end the week with a song or two.
Gradually the crowds began to increase, as news of the Platt sessions spread and almost 30 years later the Fisherman's Friends still sing during the summer months. The performances are still free and still on the Platt, a beautiful setting for an evening of shanties and songs of the sea, and the boys still collect for a chosen charity each evening.
To date the boys have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities such as the Fisherman's Mission, Macmillan Cancer Support, Little Harbour Children's Hospice, Local Schools and smaller charities and causes. In 2016 the band raised enough to buy 2 of the defibrillators in the village, one of which is located near Jon Cleave's shop (just in case people get too excited when they meet him and grab a selfie photograph!).
We'll be singing again on the Platt in 2017, but with the temperamental weather, high tides and other commitments, we won't be singing every week. The best way to keep up to date with when we are singing is to 'follow us' on Twitter or 'like us' on Facebook and we'll let everyone know when we do. We'll also try our best to put announcements on the website as well.
We tend to start the Platt Sessions around Whitsun Bank Holiday (end of May) and finish at the end of August.
We cannot sing every week, so please don't be upset if we're not able to perform while you are in or around Port Isaac, or if we have to cancel at late notice.
As much as we love singing on the Platt, we have to keep the safety of ourselves and the audience in mind at all times, water and the electrical equipment we use don't mix well so rain or the sea will stop play every time.
WE COLLECT FOR CHARITY SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY
BRING WARM CLOTHING
IT WILL GET BUSY ON THE PLATT VERY EARLY
IT IS A FREE CONCERT
SMILES & POSITIVE ATTITUDES ARE PRICELESS