First Portloe Music Festival raises £3,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Thursday 5 October 2017

Portloe Music Festival, 17 September 2017

In aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance, John Casson organised a music festival which was held in the beer garden of the Ship Inn, in the lovely fishing village of Portloe on the south Cornwall coast.


Part of the team of volunteers on duty.

The event started at midday, and the weather had fortunately decided to be kind. The sun was shining, and this brought out the village to enjoy the music from the various local Cornish bands that had been booked.

Weazledust rocking the stage

Kicking off the event was Viv Robertson with blues, folk and rock covers. He also told several amusing stories to accompany some pieces he had composed himself.

Viv was followed by Only Moses, a locally based singer-songwriter, who played a great set which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Along with the varied selection of local bands and music genres on offer during the event, there was also an outside gin and Prosecco bar, well stocked with the finest local Cornish gin, all kindly donated by local distilleries. We need to give thanks to Ellis Wharton Wines Ltd, who sourced the gin donations for the bar, and Fever-Tree, who donated the tonic and mixers.

The Pictures setting up with their groupie, the daughter of one of their musicians. 

Those attending were treated to the culinary delights of Philleigh Way Cookery School, who provided a very tasty food box, and to delicious desserts that were handmade by Jenny Casson.

The last two bands to play were The Pictures, who really got the crowd going with their various covers of classic rock and pop hits, and Weazledust, who finished off the evening as the sun set on Portloe.


The village enjoying the sunshine and music in the Ship Inn’s beer garden

It was clear from the enthusiastic feedback that the village thoroughly enjoyed the event, and their generosity, together with that of the bands, the Ship Inn and Ellis Wharton Wines, helped the event raise £3,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Special thanks go to Mark Swannell, the landlord of the Ship Inn, who offered the use of the pub to John, and to St Austell Brewery, for their generous support of and enthusiasm for the festival.