ONE OF the finest purveyors of sea songs and sea shanties in the world, Kimber's Men, are appearing on The Platt in Port Isaac Harbour along with Fishermen's Friends on Friday, July 27, in the evening.
There is a 'hat' collection and all proceeds go to charities.
Following successful tours last year which brought them enthusiastic audiences locally at Wadebridge, Mylor and the Falmouth Festival of the Sea, which they missed this year due to other commitments, audiences everywhere, and this includes Fishermen's Friends, are still raving over the harmonies of Kimber's Men.
This year they have already topped the bill at Teignmouth Folk Festival and Perranporth Festival of the Sea where they raised a storm in both concerts. They are bound for 12 festivals again this summer where they are headlining in Holland, Ireland, Denmark and Arbroath. They will be back at the prestigious Shrewsbury Folk Festival again in August. After they finish at Port Isaac they are heading for Beer in South Devon for a concert in the Dolphin.
The group has been rehearsing a lot of new material for their latest (sixth) CD which will be available at this concert.
Founder member Joe Stead is almost a legend in his own right and is a friend of Pete Seeger, the legendary American singer who wrote such classics as Where Have All The Flowers Gone and If I Had A Hammer.
Joe has performed twice in concert in America with Pete for the Delaware River Valley Project.
These days fans are travelling over 200 miles to see Kimber's Men perform – so don't be surprised to find yourself sitting next to someone who has travelled from the other end of the country.
Recently featured in the BBC Two and BBC Four productions of Sea Songs, their albums can be found in all the best garden centres and gift shops of Kent and Essex, not to mention your local Tesco supermarket. They also have a 50-minute DVD for sale which features them Singing Up A Storm in concert with Show of Hands.