Kelston Records brings live gig recordings of highly gifted and original musicians for people who are moved by themes of community, place, landscape and the environment. We put on live gigs at the Old Barn on Kelston Roundhill, which we record for release digitally, on CD and vinyl.
What bugs us is the state of the human relationship with the environment. Science offers stark and unpalatable lectures about climate change, pollution and species extinction. Mainstream politics and cultures haven’t yet changed hearts and minds enough to make us address these existential issues.
Musicians can help. We need more environmental protest songs. Kelston Records works with artists and musicians to tell stories about community, place and environment in their own unique and inspiring ways. To flourish, we have to understand and accept what faces us, to change hearts, minds and everyday lifestyles, and to evolve how we understand ourselves and our communities within nature and place.
Kelston Records is a limited company intended to have an increasingly collective dimension for participating artists. If it works the intention is that it can become an artists’ co-operative in five years’ time.
Kelston Records is a collaboration between William Heath and Klaus Boecker of Kelston Tump LLP (which owns the iconic Kelston Roundhill near Bath), musician Steve Henwood who books artists for The Bell Inn (co-op) and the Bath Fringe Festival, and technical director Johnny Barden (head of technical services at Bath Spa University). The technical back end, digital distribution and online services are provided by the state 51 Conspiracy.
The project is inspired by environmental humanities and creative enterprise work at Bath Spa University. Special thanks are due to Owain Jones; Professor of Environmental Humanities and to Andrew Hugill, Professor of Music and Director of the Centre for Creative Computing at the liberal arts university. Kelston Records is designed to accommodate formal learning objectives for Bath Spa masters’ students. The founding project work has been undertaken by Camila Suarez. Design is by Monica Romero.