Fishwives' Choir charity fishing song soars to iTunes top spot
A CHARITY fishing song soared to No 1 on iTunes at the weekend.
The Fishwives' Choir, which raises money for the Fishermen's Mission, released its single When The Boat Comes In/Eternal Father on Saturday.
After going straight in at No 2 on the music site's UK Vocal Chart it sneaked into pole position on Saturday evening, retaining its place into Sunday over the bank holiday weekend.
The maritime melody was nestled alongside the likes of Etta James and Frank Sinatra and was released after the choir, started by Jane Dolby after she lost her husband at sea, saw its popularity grow.
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Hannah Pascoe, from an established fishing family, sings in the group and was elated by the CD's success.
"It was really exciting to see it go to No 1," she said. "I'm quite overwhelmed and chuffed to see it up there – I didn't expect it go to No 1."
She was joined by fellow members Jennie Ansell and Sue Hendriks at the Newlyn Fish Festival earlier this week as they sold the single on the Fishermen's Mission stand. She mentioned how everyone in the choir – whose members span the UK – had been messaging one another with congratulations.
"We sold over 100 I think," she added. "We have all been chatting on Facebook - it's great."
The Newlyn singer, who sings a solo on the single, hopes its placement on iTunes will lead to more opportunities for the choir to perform at events.
She added she would like to see regional branches formed in addition to the main collective as everyone lives so far away.
"It would be great if we could do more festivals," she said, "and I would love to do things locally and a Cornish Fishwives."
The charity single is available from iTunes and on the Fishermen's Mission website for £3.50.