Caught by the River

Caught by the River at Port Eliot Festival, July 21 – 24

26th March 2011

pic by Roberta Ridolfi.

This July, Caught By The River are honoured to be asked back for the third year running to the Port Eliot Festival. We’re also dead excited as it’s our best line up by a country mile. The Caught By The River tent will run a morning ‘til last-man-drops events programme over the four days of the festival and – as ever – is positioned in the quarry in front of the boathouse looking out over the glorious Lynher estuary. Each day will effortlessly mix music and talk on the subjects of nature and rock’n’roll. We hope you’re up for joining us.

PS From Friday, each day will start with the Archive Radio Hour. One hour of classic nature based wireless broadcasting, it promises to be the perfect way to ease the way out of your hangover…


Heavenly Jukebox and friends
Music down by the river from early evening – bar opens at 4 and off we go.

7pm – Peter Bruntnell

First coming to public attention with 2005’s “Normal For Bridgewater”, Bruntnell was initially categorized in the “alt-country” bracket, but his restless musical spirit has meant each successive album striking out in new directions. 2009’s “Peter And The Murder Of Crows”, filled with psychedelic drones and mellifluous tunes, was Americana Album Of The Month in MOJO Magazine and one of Q magazine’s Americana Albums Of The Year. His new record, “Black Mountain UFO”, sees Peter making the great pop album he has always threatened to produce.

8.15pm – James Walbourne

9.30pm – Colorama


11am – Spoonful Soundsystem
1pm – Treecreeper
Influenced by “Cities, Woods, Sports, Ornithology and Creedence”, Treecreeper are the perfect band to kick off proceedings.
2pm – Caught By The River On Nature
Introducing this summer’s Caught By The River collection, On Nature, with the people behind the website and the book in conversation with John Niven. Followed by readings from the book.
3pm – England Revisited
Artist Simon English has worked with the English landscape for four decades. Here, he talks about his inspirational mapping project, England Revisited.
5pm – The Undersea World of Jonny Trunk
An hour of sub-aqua sounds, Jonny Trunk dredges the depths of his record collection to create a watery rave right next to the boathouse.

6pm – Willy Vlautin
Music, readings and stories from the authour and musician otherwise known as Richmond Fontaine.
7.30pm – Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
‘The real thing… like harvest itself coming into bloom.’ ARTROCKER magazine.
This most unassuming young husband and wife song-writing partnership, Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, are part of the Heavenly family – they’ll break your heart then help you piece it back together.

8.45 – Caitlin Rose
Caitlin’s heart rending honesty, lyrical prowess and dexterous delivery define her style. Live, she is another experience altogether: witty and deft, The Guardian in the UK recently christened her a “rare and prodigious talent”.
10.15 – The Rockingbirds
A North London sextet who deal as much in country roll and country rock, The Rockingbirds are now rightly hailed alongside the greats of the alt-country revolution.
11.30 – Southern Hospitality
Music from the Durty South… til the small hours.

Music between the bands will be provided by Geoff Travis from the legendary Rough Trade label alongside Heavenly Jukebox and Friends By The River


11am – Spoonful Soundsystem

1pm – Jo Bartlett
You might know Jo as one half of It’s Jo and Danny or as one of the Yellow Moon Band or possibly as one of the founders of the Green Man Festival. Today, Jo goes solo to play acoustic numbers from her songbook.
2pm – Tales From The Typographic Ocean
A discussion on rock’n’roll, the printed word and the counter culture with Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis, legendary PR man Mick Houghton and Andy Childs, former editor of Zigzag magazine. Three influencial figures from pre-punk onwards talk to journalist and broadcaster Emma Warren about the birth of Xerox publishing and fanzine culture’s effect on all aspects of music from Sniffin’ Glue through to Jockey Slut.
3pm – Do It For Your Mum
Roy Wilkinson reads from his forthcoming biography of British Sea Power. With very special guests, including Jock Scott.
5pm – Gaggle
“The most exciting, innovative and genuinely imaginative force in music right now” NME. “Gaggle are sure to draw converts to their burgeoning cult” The Guardian
A twenty-two piece all-female choir? We’ll join their club…

6.30 – The Secret Sisters
Fortified by an airtight familial camaraderie and emboldened with a zeal for country music, Laura and Lydia Rogers formed The Secret Sisters to capture their raw talent in its purest form. Their self-titled debut LP is a guileless, rapturous mixture of roots-ified pop, recorded the same way it would have been in the 1950s. Live, they adhere to the same rules.

8pm – Hannah Peel
At times bewitching, at times laconic, always full of fortitude, Hannah Peel arrives as influenced by the still life gaze of Edward Hopper as the arrangements of Nick Drake, Tom Waits, or the expansive pop of her heroes Sandy Denny, Judee Sill and Joni Mitchell.

9pm – Andrew Weatherall
The man behind Screamadelica and 10,000 lost nights… Our favourite DJ of all time.

11.30pm – British Sea Power
British Sea Power – the UK’s premier rock’n’roll outdoorsmen – triumphantly return to Cornwall to play the Caught By The River tent at Port Eliot for the second time.

12.45am – The Seahawks DJ set.


11am – Jonny Trunk’s Sunday Service
Acid fried religious songs and psychedelic sermons from the man behind the legendary Trunk records.
1pm – Ghosts of Gone Birds
Last year, documentary film maker and Caught By The River contributor Ceri Levy brought the Bird Effect to Port Eliot. This summer, he hosts a discussion on endangered and extinct species as part of an art and activism exhibition put together with BirdLife International. With Mark Cocker, Stephen Moss, Rob Lambert, Errol Fuller and Harriet Mead.
3.30pm – Words Under Water – four anglers swap tales of the ones that got away and some of the ones that didn’t… conversation and readings from Chris Yates, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Jon Berry and John Andrews.
5.30pm – Gravenhurst
… a world created by sound and language, ever-changing and conjured from disparate ingredients. Noticeable influences are the melodic noise of My Bloody Valentine, the lush vocal harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, and a diverse range of guitarists including Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson. This show will be showcase material from his forthcoming fifth album, due later in the year on Warp.

7pm – Sea of Bees
Songs For The Ravens, the debut album by Julie Ann Baenziger (aka Sea of Bees) was released earlier in the year to massive critical acclaim. It’s stoned soul music, beautiful, heartfelt and destined to be in your end of year lists.

8 – 10pm – Jimi Goodwin (Doves man playing records).

Click here for the full festival line up and box office, where weekend and day tickets are now on sale.