Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:00

Fisherman’s Friends are top catch at Eden’s eighth annual World Pasty Championships

Celebrated shanty singers and soon-to-be film legends Fisherman’s Friends top the bill at the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships on Saturday March 2.

The group of friends from Port Isaac head a stellar line-up including Cornwall-based funnyman Steve Heller, acclaimed five-piece The Kingstons, all-female folk band The Trees, one-man blues band Thomas Ford, and Launceston’s finest The Countrymen.

The Fisherman’s Friends appearance at the annual celebration of Cornwall’s favourite food comes shortly before the film version of their amazing story – also called Fisherman’s Friends – hits big screens on March 15.

The Kingstons are a five-piece contemporary band based in West Devon with a fresh, unique sound and a passion for ska, reggae and a sprinkle of dub. They have supported The Wailers, The Beat, The Neville Staple Band, Bad Manners, Laid Blak, Chainska Brassika, Sonic Boom and Land of the Giants to date.

The Trees are a four-part-harmony-driven folk and country band from Plymouth with a varied repertoire, weaving a gorgeous tapestry of harmony and melody which underpins their songcraft. They draw inspiration from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, Lucius and Johnny Cash.

Thomas Ford’s self-penned songs are rooted in delta blues tradition. For several years, he has been playing sold out shows at some of Europe's biggest and best known blues, jazz and roots music festivals, having established a large following in the UK.

Championships favourities The Countrymen return with their harmony vocal and guitar group The Countrymen perform in a relaxed and light-hearted presentation style that takes the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as original material.

Young singer-songwriter Genevieve Miles plays acoustic guitar. Her energetic style and expressive, witty lyrics have proven to have wide appeal. In the past two years Genevieve has played numerous festivals where her sense of fun and ability to connect with and involve her audiences, have made her a big hit.

Comedian Steve Heller runs the Cornish News website and Facebook group and is known for his Cornish-themed rap parody videos.

Steve won a film award at the Porthleven Film and Food Festival in 2014 for his comedy cartoon ‘Fly Cornwall’ and has performed a Cornish News Live show at the Kernow in the City Festival in London.

Imogen Penny, Eden Programme Lead, said: “We’re really pleased to bring such a fun and varied line-up to the 2019 World Pasty Championships. It’s fabulous to be welcoming Fisherman’s Friends back to Eden just before their amazing story hits the big screen.”
Competitors in the World Pasty Championships can take part in the returning amateur, professional, junior and company categories and the day will culminate with a new Pasty Ambassador being honored at the Closing Ceremony.

For the second year running, the championships will be the finale of Cornish Pasty Week, starting on Sunday, February 24.

Cornish Pasty Week will also feature a challenge to find the world’s fastest crimper, drawing competitors from any bakery producing genuine, certified, Cornish pasties. Heats will take place during the week, with the grand finale scheduled on the main stage at the World Pasty Championships.

Entries are currently open for the eighth annual World Pasty Championships, now firmly established as one of the greatest celebrations of Cornwall’s culinary gift to the world.

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