We here at Caught By The River are hugely excited to be on board for this year’s Port Eliot Festival (July 24th – 26th). Action takes place in a tent by a quarry by an estuary in the most beautiful festival setting in the world, deep in the Port Eliot estate in St Germans in Cornwall. Over the weekend, the tent will feature readings, live music, DJs and sound installations – hopefully creating the perfect environment to kick back and float away. For a few hours… or maybe even a few days…
FRIDAY 24th (evening only)
Dancin’ Shoes – the Heavenly Jukebox and friends playing good time soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
The Heavenly Jukebox plus live music from
1pm THE LOOSE SALUTE
The ‘sound of sunshine’ from Heavenly recording artistes. The perfect way to start proceedings.
2.30pm JOHN HEAD
A rare treat – a solo performance by John Head from Shack (and The Strands and before that The Pale Fountains). A real big fave of ours. Great songwriter and amazing guitar player. Check this version of (the highly appropriate) ‘Cornish Town’.
4pm KATHYRN WILLIAMS
A solo performance from Mercury nominated singer Kathryn, who cites her influences as including Nina Simone, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Simon And Garfunkel and Velvet Underground. Listen to Kathyrn here.
WILL HODGKINSON reading from his new book THE BALLAD OF BRITAIN. From Spring to Autumn in 2008, Will Hodgkinson travelled around Britain making field recordings. The idea of the journey was to update the work of the great US folklorist Alan Lomax and capture the spirit of the land and its people through songs and stories. For this talk he will document the journey with a weather map, a few anecdotes, some thoughts on the nature of folk music and, with any luck, a spot of singing from some of the people he met along the way.
JON SAVAGE & BOB STANLEY IN CONVERSATION
Two of ‘pops’ hippest fan-boys (punk rock historian Jon Savage and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley) discuss the themes from their respective books ‘Teenage’ (out now) and the forthcoming ‘Do You Believe in Magic? – The Story of Pop’ (due next year).
SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY
Pete Reilly from the SOUL JAZZ SOUNDSYSTEM plus The Heavenly Jukebox and Romeo from The Magic Numbers.
At midnight, the film WINGED MIGRATION will be shown projected onto the quarry wall behind our tent with the added bonus of BRITISH SEA POWER providing their own unique soundtrack, live. Watch the trailer here – turn the sound off and use your imagination.
11am CAUGHT BY THE RIVER ‘NATURE DISCO’ WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS WATSON
Britain’s premier nature sound recordist (and founder member of Cabaret Voltaire) plays a unique set of recordings of rivers from around the world.
Followed by readings from the book CAUGHT BY THE RIVER – A COLLECTION OF WORDS ON WATER.
Our friends John Andrews, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Kathryn Williams, John Niven, Chris Watson and Kurt Jackson read from their contributions to our book.
At 4pm, we will bid you farewell with a performance from the legendary Fence Records’ artist KING CREOSOTE.