“Hope you like our new direction”

Thanks to Billie and Steve at Bristol City FM for having us on the show Saturday 29 April. Having met for the first time in the car park beforehand the two very fine drummers Matt Brown from Modulus iii and Tony Orrell from The Gas Giants squeezed into Steve’s studio with some kit and did a quick jam together live on air.

Newly met drummer pals Matt Brown and Tony Orrell jam at Bristol City FM – note how carefully they listen to each other.

You can hear Matt drumming behind Drew Morgan (synth, cello) and Dan Moore (synth, Rhodes) with Modulus iii Saturday 6 May – tickets here. Tony Orrell plays with Will Gregory and Ross Hughes as The Gas Giants 20 May.

Bristol City FM has catchup of the interview here – click on the 1100 29 Apr show; start 11 mins in.

Upcoming Kelston events

Upcoming events:

  • BOOK NOW 6 May Modulus iii recording live, with support from Athnea. Modulus iii is a sizzling synths, Rhodes and drums spontaneous composition trio: tickets here
  • 20 May The Gas Giants live, with excellent support, live at the Old Barn. The Gas Giants is a project of Will Gregory (Goldfrapp); this will be their first recording since 1990: tickets here
  • More Old Barn dates to follow.

Later in the year (Aug Bank Holiday Monday 28) at the Kelston Village Fete we’re putting on a musical celebration of the legacy of H.I.M Haile Selassie. H.I.M lived at 2 Kelston Road for six years, and left Fairfield House to the Corporation of Bath. See Jon Hamp’s new poem H.I.M in Kelston here

The legacy of H.I.M means Kelston can today celebrate a special link to Ethiopia and Rastafari. 

BBC Radio 3 reviews “a fantastic release” – Three Cane Whale live at the Old Barn

Great to hear Verity Sharp and Andrew MacGregor talking about our new release Three Cane Whale – live at the Old Barn on BBC Radio3 Record Review today.  Tune in at 2:34:50 (available until 7 May 2017). They liked it.

Three Cane Whale – live at the Old Barn featured on BBC Radio 3 Record Review 8 April – hear the review here

We’ve always liked the show. It’s not just that Record Review is so discerning; it opens up everyone’s understanding of music and performance by using language in a surprising and eye-opening way which appeals to all the family and all ages.

Today’s guest Verity Sharp is an exemplary curator of global music who has always had a special feel for the best of the Bristol and west country scene. So to hear her call this “a fantastic release” means everything to Pete, Alex and Paul in the band, to our Bath Spa Uni technical team Jonny Barden and Richard Woods, to our curators Steve and Craig and our Kelston Laureate Jon Hamp.

Andrew MacGregor said Kelston Records sounded like a folk equivalent of Champs Hill. We’ll take any praise, but our idea of “location based music” extends a lot wider than folk. The next recordings – The Defective Comet, Modulus III and Gas Giants – will make that pretty clear.

Three Cane Whale – live at the Old Barn is available in the Kelston Records online store, also via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Jon Hamp – the Kelston Laureate – reads his trilogy of poems about past lives on the Roundhill with backing from Three Cane Whale.

Kelston Village Fete celebrates the legacy to Bath of H.I.M Monday 28 Aug

In August Kelston Records will present a special one-off live ska and reggae celebration of the legacy to Bath of H.I.M Haile Selassie. It takes place on the late Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, as part of the Kelston Village Fete.

H.I.M Haile Selassie I lived at 2 Kelston Road, Bath during his exile 1936-1941.

Also known as Jah Ras Teferi, H.I.M lived for six years at 2 Kelston Road Bath, and left his house to the Corporation of Bath for the care of the elderly. It is now a day care centre and meeting place for Ethiopian Orthodox, Rastafari and civic Bath culture with a garden, gallery and regular Rastafari Sabbath celebrations.

The Bank Holiday lineup with be da Mighty Beaconnaires, with da Rooterz reggae choir (as featured on BBC Bristol) and DJ playing mellow classic reggae and ska. Da Mighty Beaconnaires is a pro-am south Somerset reggae covers band, with an evolving lineup. Lead singer is Guy Ogilvy (The Johnsons) draws on the spirit of Toots, Jimmy Cliffe, Desmond Dekker and other major reggae stars. Da Mighty Beaconnires were originally formed to help save Lamyatt village hall (which was indeed saved). They have since headlined the Bruton dub festival.

The Kelston Village fete raises funds for Kelston village hall and church, and other village projects. The fete will this year feature a Caribbean food stall, and a stall raising funds and providing information about Fairfield House and H.I.M’s time at 2 Kelston Road. Entry £2.

May 6: Modulus III live at the Old Barn

Those who like their music safe and predictable look away now: this is not for you.

Modulus III play the Old Barn on Kelston Roundhill on 6 May

Kelston Records is delighted to announce the first recording of its 2017 season will be a live performance by Modulus III, the surreal improvisation trio of Dan Moore (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers) Drew Morgan (cello, synthesizers) and Matt Brown (drums, percussion). Optional dress code: 1970s German footie gear (match this is you can).

Modulus III will be supported by Athea, a new project by guitarist Paul Bradley (of Three Cane Whale) with percussionist Emma Holbrook.

Tickets £14 on sale here.