Optimistic and perky indie-pop anthems, drenched in summer sun and road-trips





Album released 28th May 2018

Digital Release on CPR Records



      From its joyous opener “Elegance” right through to the laid back closing track “Love Songs Forever”, Life Imitating Art is an indie-pop masterclass with songs that many bands who’ve been around for years would die for and it’s packed with great harmonies, anthemic choruses and melodies.

Mark O’Brien

Presenter of Monday night rock show on CHBNRadio

       I'm loving the new album by Cornwalls Blue River - Life Imitating Art, built for festival headlines and built for kicking Liam Gallagher up the arse. Gigantic, anthemic guitar pop. Check it out immediately.

Lee Trewhela

Writer & Editor - Cornwall Live/ West Briton / Whats On Cornwall.

      Optimistic and perky indie-pop anthems, drenched in summer sun and road-trips
All in all, this is the kind of album that will crop up in people’s collections in 10-15 years and remind

them of that great summer they had​.​

Roland Monger




​Blue Rivers live schedule stretches throughout the country playing regular venues around Cornwall including this year the ever-growing Looe Festival after previous sets on the BBC stages at both Boardmasters and the Little Orchard Festival.

Then on up to London’s famous Dublin Castle & Fiddlers Elbow in Camden.

The Fiddlers Elbow gig and the journey there was caught on camera by Cornish filmmaker and Friend in the documentary "Cheap Champagne"

Blue River are an indie-pop rock quartet who are taking the burgeoning Cornish indie scene by storm. Featuring the intricate Marc Willoughby on lead guitar with the timeless vocals and rhythm guitar of Perran Nicholls.  Yielding the sticks on drums is Terry McGowan alongside the deep determined bass of Matt Bond, together they form the backbone of the band. 

It all began when Perran at the age of 18 bought himself a cheap guitar from Argos & learnt his first three chords. Joined by his mates and a little common interest, they formed Blue River back in 2007. As the years went by the line-up changed but started to cement itself when Lead guitarist Marc Willoughby and bass player Matt Bond joined Blue River. Finally, the line-up was completed with the addition of Terry McGowan on drums. With a good mix of old school and modern influences from bands such as The Beatles, The Kinks and The Smiths to Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club. Their sound encompasses a love for an ever-evolving music scene.

The years of hard work have paid off as the bands songs get regular airplay through the BBC Introducing slots on both BBC Radio Cornwall & Devon. 

With debut album Anyday Tomorrow paving the way for their future success, Blue River have continued to release hit upon hit by harnessing their signature catchy pop/rock style. This has never been more evident than in their latest Album, Life Imitating Art   released 2018 on the Label CPR Records.

Bringing together solid rhythms, catchy melodies and vocal harmonies the band create a sense of pleasing pop perfection, with the just the right amount of dirtiness to keep you satisfied.

These four showcase that if no man is an island, together Blue River are a whole damn continent.


The Band 

Terry McGowan 




Perran Nicholls


Guitar &

Lead Vocals

Matt Bond


Bass Guitar




Lead Guitar



The Junction, Plymouth (Single Launch Party)

29th June, 2019

Fives, Falmouth

15th June, 2019

Tyacks, Cambourne

24th May. 2019

Old Bakery Studios, Truro

11th May. 2019

The Monarch, London

14th March, 2019

The Monarch, London

1st Febuary, 2019

Lusty Glaze, Newquay

24th January, 2019

Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth

28th December, 2018

Tyacks, Cambourne

7th December, 2018

Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London

6th October 2018

Studio Bar, Penzance

5th October, 2018

St Austell Radio Show

30th September, 2019

Looe Music Festival BBC

23rd September, 2018

Little Big Gig Festival

21st September, 2018

Little Orchard Festival, BBC Introducing

15/16th September 2018

The Monarch, Camden, London

14th September, 2018


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Label: Callumn Pickhaver

07985 469790



Band: Perran Nicholls

07867 429172