Saturday 15 July – Spindle Ensemble

Join us for perfect mid-July evening up on Kelston Roundhill with the beautiful, contemporary sound of the critically acclaimed up-and-coming Spindle Ensemble.

Fresh local beer, cider, soup, organic cheeses made on the farm. Kids come free. Parking available, or walk up from our friendly local the Old Crown in Kelston (bus route #37: Bath to Bristol via Bitton & Hanham).

Big three Kelston events coming up for the diary

Three excellent events to book into your diaries at Kelston: two up at the Old Barn and one at the foot of the hill in the village itself.

Here’s the location. Now bring the music: Sat 15 July and again Sat 5 August (June 2017 photo from his balloon by Darwin Peltan)

Spindle Ensemble – live at the Old Barn Sat 15 July (Facebook event details here). This outstanding lyrical quartet features Harriet Riley on marimba & vibraphone, Caelia Lunniss on violin, Jo Silverston on cello and musical saw and Daniel Inzani on keyboards. It plays original, modern semi-classical compositions of filmic breadth and aural beauty.

“Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch” – Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction); “They crafted beautifully layered landscapes of sound with enormous empathy for each other’s playing” – Stage Talk Magazine

Expect a beautiful, intimate evening up on the hill with fresh local beer, cider and organic cheeses. Kids welcome for free. Doors open 1830. Walking train from The Old Crown pub in Kelston 1900.

Once upon a hill 1400-late Sat 5 Aug: epic day to night event at the Old Barn and over Kelston Roundhill with fantastic lineup of artists including:

  • Spiro “the power they summon up live makes them a must-see experience” Tim Cumming, Songlines.
  • Dakhla Brass  “unique: jazz punk Balkan brass Bach band…amazing” Jamie Cullum
  • The Nightjar “Gorgeous” BBC R3 Late Junction; “Ghostly, psychedelic and utterly addictive” Boiler Room

and other surprise configurations. This is a full August treat and a day to remember.

Directions here, or walk up from the Old Crown pub in Kelston. Copious local food and drink available on site throughout. Contact us if you want to camp over.

…then down at the foot of the hill:

Kelston Village Fete 1400-1700 Bank Holiday Mon 28 Aug with da Mighty Beaconaires. This year the cheerful classic village fete includes a celebration of the legacy to Bath of H.I.M Heile Selassie I. There’s Caribbean food and music by da Mighty Beaconaires a south Somerset reggae band, backed by the Rooterz. Ample parking, family-friendly, lots of other activities. Fete entrance £2 (children free); Facebook page here. Come prepared for Bank Holiday weather. No booking needed.


Beyond The Defective Comet lie The Gas Giants

Last year we tried to put on The Gas Giants, only to be deprived of their legendary founder at the last minute by medical emergency (happily resolved). The show went on and result was a new band: The Defective Comet, with Tony Orrell on drums percussion and loops and Ross Hughes on too many instruments to name, but most memorably bass clarinet, flute and slide guitar.

Tony Orrell (left) and Ross Hughes in orbit at the Old Barn last year.

It was a memorable, stellar evening. Here’s what photographer and music fan Ragnumpiza just wrote in:

The gig really was astounding. Being a massive dub fan I’ve listened to a lot of different styles of jazz cross/ dub but never heard anything like this before… just superb!…most memorable music night of last year!

We have good news. Tony Orrell and Ross Hughes are back at the Old Barn on 20 May. And they’re back as part of the full lineup including Will Gregory. It will be the first proper recording of The Gas Giants since 1990. Bring your defibrillators.

Limited tickets available: book now

Modulus III: live at the Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill

Modulus III is a beautiful balance of three intense musicians. Their gig of live spontaneous composition at the Old Barn on 6 May made for a compelling evening.

Modulus III take a post-soundcheck stroll on Kelston Roundhill on 6 May. 

Drew Morgan is is an avant-garde classically trained experimental cellist, also playing synths. On drums Matt Brown gives shape to the emerging improvisations, trying out a few cuts before settling in to a constantly shifting structure. Dan Moore plays keyboards. When he sketches out a choice riff on his Rhodes piano you first wonder how he can repeat it so precisely, but before long he’s messing with your head, breaking it up with variations that shouldn’t work but do. He’s hard-wired to a listener’s hedonic hotspots, the pleasure centres that create a craving for more of the same reward.

Any of the three can take the lead in bringing the performance on; they all lead, solo and provide continuity. It’s a band that likes to surprise its audience, and which responds to a setting and an audience that surprises them.

  • You can buy Modulus III’s first album at Friendly Records in Bristol. Watch out for their forthcoming second album Modulus III: live at the Old Barn released later this year by Kelston Records.
  • Next up: The Gas Giants, live at the Old Barn 20 May: tickets here

Athea’s first performance: live at the Old Barn 6 May 2017

Emma Holbrook (drums) and Paul Bradley (guitar, vocal) perform as Athea

The Old Barn audience gave a very warm response to the first ever performance by Athea. Paul Bradley’s deft, experimental guitar work meshed perfectly with Emma Holbrook’s subtle drums and percussion in a seamless, intensely atmospheric 45-minute set.