THE FISHWIVES Choir, who came together after most had lost a husband or father fishing, will release their first single on Monday – including solo vocals from Newlyn singer Hannah Pascoe.
The Fishwives, drawn from fishing communities all over the country, are raising money for The Fishermen’s Mission, which supported so many of them in difficult times.
They approached accomplished soloist Hannah, who comes from an established fishing family, to add her voice to the choir.
And the CD single – featuring recordings of classic fishing tune When The Boat Comes In and hymn Eternal Father – comes out on Monday.
The group were featured on BBC Breakfast last week and appeared in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday as part of a whirlwind of media and public attention.
Hannah, who is better known in Cornwall for her operatic work, had a solo version of her vocals recorded when the group was in the studio and that has been used in the final cut along with solos by two other members of the Fishwives.
She said: “The guy who arranged the music asked me to record a solo but I didn’t expect them to use it so I’m really pleased.”
The forming of the choir has also created some strong bonds between the different women involved, and on Monday Hannah will be joined at Newlyn Fish Festival by two other Fishwives.
Hannah said: “Sue Hendriks and Jennie Ansell are a mother and daughter from Perranporth. They are coming down to Newlyn to help me sell the single on Monday to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission.”
The Fishwives are fishing’s version of the Military Wives Choir, which was created in 2010 for Gareth Malone’s BBC programme The Choir, incorporating the wives and girlfriends of men serving in Afghanistan.
Their song, Wherever You Are, was Christmas number one in 2011 and they went on to perform at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.
The Fishwives may not hit those heady heights but they have received a huge amount of position attention and Hannah hopes it will continue.
She said: “Jane Dolby who organised the Fishwives said on the TV that we are going to record an album so I hope to be involved in that and I hope there will be other concerts and get togethers. I’d definitely like to be involved.
“I am hoping to incorporate the songs and selling the single in my concerts in Cornwall.”
'When the Boat Comes In/Eternal Father’ is released on iTunes on August 24. Visit fishwiveschoir.co.uk. Order the CD version from fishermensmission.org.uk