Caught by the River

Port Eliot – full daily programme 2014

10th July 2014


Two weeks today the gates of Port Eliot will open and we’ll be in the thick of it all once again. And if the festival’s ambrosial Cornish surroundings aren’t enough then check out the jam-packed programme of fun we at Caught by the River have in store. Friends, influencers, geniuses and plenty of good times, from sound art installations to book signings and our very own book and record store courtesy of Drift, it’s all been meticulously crafted to reflect our wide-ranging passions; like the site’s come alive.

You can keep up-to-date with all our Port Eliot happenings on Twitter @tweetbytheriver.

Hope to see you there!


3.00 – DJ Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker
This year marks Stephen’s fourth year as our resident Port Eliot DJ. Delighted to have him open the festival for us again.
4.00 – The Antidote Hour: Caught by the River’s Mathew Clayton talks with David Chatton Barker and Ian Humberstone of Folklore Tapes.
Cassette-based cult dedicated to unearthing Great Britain’s folkloric heritage via “divinatory research, abstracted musical reinterpretations and experimental visuals.” They will be installed in our area all weekend.
5.00 – Roy Wilkinson’s Music & Nature Quiz
Featuring musical accompaniment from the marimba duo Malleticious.
6 – 10 – Curated by The Drift Record Shop, Totnes
Featuring live music from
The R.G .Morrison
Lux Harmonium
Matthew & Me
Bizarre Rituals x Drift Record Shop – Audio Visual Show

Heavenly Jukebox DJs in the bar


Matt Sewell and artist-in-residence Pete Fowler painting classes beside the boathouse

11.00 – Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker
12.30 – Seahawks
1.30 – James Endeacott: The Fat White Duke. Bon Viveur and music industry legend who once broke down in tears after dropping Pete Doherty off at rehab with a tracksuit he’d just bought him from Primark, talks with Roy Wilkinson.
2.30 – Kurt Jackson. To quote Robert Macfarlane “the bristling of landscape is Kurt Jackson’s subject as an artist, and his brilliance as an artist lies in the success with which he represents his subject”. Kurt will be in conversation with Emma Warren.

Dee, Tim colour - c Claire Spottiswoode

3.30 – Tim Dee reading from his latest book, Four Fields.


4.30 – Gruff Rhys talks with John Andrews about his recent American Interior project. Gruff returns at 10pm with a live set.
6.00 – Love L.U.V
Garage pop stomp from London.
7.00 – Jeb Loy Nichols. Our resident jukebox selector with a set of blue eyed country soul.


8.30 – The Rails
10.00 – Gruff Rhys

Heavenly Jukebox DJs in the bar


Matt Sewell and artist-in-residence Pete Fowler: painting classes beside the boathouse

11.00 – Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker
11.30 – The Kane Players
12.45 – The Antidote Hour John Andrews (of Arcadia) in conversation with the some of this sites favourite contributors:
Malcolm Anderson (Drove Cottage)
Neil Sentance (Water and Sky)
Melissa Harrison (Clay and At Hawthorn Time)
2.00 – Rob St. John (live)
3.00 – My Old Man live – Ted Kessler talks with musician, songwriter and author Ben Watt about his book Romany and Tom.

Viv Albertine 1 (Credit - Carolina Ambida)Viv Albertine by Carolina Ambida

4.00 – Viv Albertine (in conversation with Emma Warren)
Viv will be discussing her book Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music,Music, Boys, Boys,Boys
5.00 – Michael Smith and Andrew Weatherall – Unreal City live
7.00 – Ultramarine
8.30 – All We Are
9.15 – DJ Don Letts


11.00 – DJ Andrew Weatherall

1am – Pete Wiggs and Rob Leggatt play records in the bar


Matt Sewell and arist-in-residence Pete Fowler painting classes beside the boathouse

11.00 – Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker
11.30 – The Kane Players
12.45 – My Old Man live – Ted Kessler talks with Lord Peregrine Eliot
2.00 – Patrick Barkham . Guardian natural history writer reading from his latest book, Badgerlands.


2.45 – Richard Benson Author of The Farm reading from his monumental new book, The Valley.
3.45 – Will Atkins talks with Tim Dee about his book The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature
4.45 – A Field Recording Panel, chaired by the British Library’s wildlife sounds curator Cheryl Tipp
with guests
Rob St. John
Ceri Levy
Chris Watson
Prof. Trevor Cox
6.00 – Chris Watson Presents: Inside The Circle Of Fire
7.30 – Matthew & Me
9.00 – Jimi Goodwin. Singer from Doves with his great new band playing songs from the recently released Heavenly Recordings LP, Odludek.

And after all that we’ll be throwing a closing night party in the bar with guest DJs including Jeb Loy Nichols and The Heavenly Jukebox. It’s gonna bea lot of fun.

Day and weekend tickets for the festival are on sale here.