I recently watched the film Fisherman’s Friends, which is about a group of fishers who sing sea shanties in their spare time.
I won’t give any spoilers away, but it’s very much a “feel good” film, based on a true story.
It also got me thinking about a time I had with a good friend of mine. We were in one of the oldest pubs in Newcastle, a few pre-Covid months ago.
We were sat chatting, when a group of old men put down their pints and started playing folk music in the corner of the pub.
It was a lovely moment of community and culture that has been hard to come by living in a city.
The hustle and bustle of city living doesn’t always allow for intimate moments of community. I fear we are losing touch with that side of our humanity, with the desire to be busy and individuals all the time.
The Fisherman’s Friends touches on these moments of culture and community and it made me question what we are replacing them with:
Clubs? Cocktail bars? Popular chart music?
These things aren’t objectively bad of themselves, but is replacing folk music, community and culture with them a good thing?
Where do you experience community?
P.S I would certainly recommend the film: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648186/. And here is an article about in the Sydney Morning Herald: https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/fisherman-s-friends-the-true-ish-story-of-the-sea-dogs-who-became-a-buoy-band-20191106-p5381c.html