Marisa Anderson: London show next week

18 October 2016 // Events //Music

Caught by the River & Upset The Rhythm present Marisa Anderson plus special guest Laura Cannell, Tuesday 25 October, The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1.

In his review of Marisa Anderson’s latest LP, Ian Preece described Into the Light it as…

“A concept album, the soundtrack to an imaginary science-fiction film set in the Sonora desert near the Mexican border – the story of a lost visitor ‘wandering on the shifting borderlines of the desert’, tripping out, I imagine, on various shades of spooky, hostile and perhaps, finally, more welcoming terrain. I wish all science fiction came with guitars like this.”

We’re delighted to be putting on a show with Marisa in London next week. Special guest on the night is Caught by the River favourite Laura Cannell. There are still some tickets left and you can buy them here.

Listen to Into The Light on Spotify

Laura Cannell on Caught by the River

Estuary ’16 – Tales from the Riverbank

9 October 2016 // Events

Here, with our final report from the recent Estuary Festival 2016, is the writer & filmmaker Michael Smith:

I’d never arrived at an art exhibition by boat before … like some dark and doleful take on the Venice Biennale, we left the forlorn Georgian port of Gravesend, famous as the burial site of plague victims and Pocahontas, and crossed the broad, brooding sweep of the Thames, heading for the Estuary Festival at Tilbury on the opposite bank. We alighted at the festival site, the derelict shell of the ferry terminal which had been the first foot on English soil for generations of immigrants, and the landing spot for HMS Windrush; you couldn’t help but imagine what a bleak welcome it must’ve seemed, this stark, Orwellian, brown brick hall, a cavernous Tate Modern without the refurb, on a soggy stretch of haunted marshland peppered by dockside desolation; “One of the dark places of the earth,” as Conrad’s narrator Marlowe recalls in the opening of Heart of Darkness.

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Caught by the River Avon 2016

7 October 2016 // Events

unnamed-2Following the success of last year’s Caught by the River Avon, we are delighted to announce another night of music, spoken word, poetry and cinema in the heart of Bristol’s St Nicholas Market, in collaboration with Richard King and The Letterpress Collective.

Our second annual Bristol event takes place at 7pm on Friday 18 November at Centrespace, Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA. The programme features:

– Music from Laura Cannell, whose new pastoral drone album Simultaneous Flight Music has received rave notices and is nature music at its finest

– A talk from Eleanor Morgan, author of the recently published Gossamer Days: Spiders, Humans and Their Threads, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between spiders and mankind (more…)

A quick word on The Good Life Experience

29 September 2016 // Events


A couple of weeks ago, sipping douglas-fir-rimmed G&Ts, we watched the sun set on yet another festival season.

Pumpkins, apples and mirrorballs adorned the Hawarden Estate. Dogs cocked their heads confusedly at Chris Watson’s dolphin recordings. Stealing Sheep fired confetti cannons into the audience – and the bookshop. (more…)

Estuary ’16 – Tales from the Riverbank

25 September 2016 // Events //On Water


Luke Turner samples some of the delights on offer at Estuary Festival ’16:

From the cocoon of transport the landscape of the Thames Estuary appears in two dimensions. I recently flew down the twin narrowing shorelines on a flight from Germany. As it descended into Gatwick, mudflats and industrial sites sank into the late summer sun below. Southend Pier was a pin stuck out into the grey brown blue water, in which the wakes of ships had made small white tears. Driving along the A13 towards the Estuary Festival a couple of weeks later, everything still existed in two planes, the flatness of the earth punctuated by power station chimneys and pylons, floodgates, piledrivers, the giant cranes of the docks at Tilbury and new super port a little further east. What at first looked like a gently rising hill turned out to be a landfill site, crawled by trucks.

Yet this is not the way to look at the Thames Estuary, for it’s in the macro that it reveals itself as one of the most compelling landscapes in the south of England. It’s not a picturesque place, but it is easily fetishised, for the dereliction, the alien flight of giant ships, the incongruity of horses grazing on a narrow patch of grass by a road along which container trucks thunder from Tilbury docks, all night and every 30 seconds or so. The blackberries there were full and juicy, on bushes flying banners of plastic. I started shoving them into my gob before noticing the slightly sour tint of hydrocarbons. (more…)