From Kelston village fete: a message to any rude boys from Bristol city…

Another couple of rough mixes from da Mighty Beaconaires’ cheery fundraiser for the House of H.I.M at our local Kelston Village Fete on Bank Holiday Monday. The Caribbean food sold out (twice over); the sun shone; money was raised; a good time was had by all.

Thanks again to our guest stars, Graham for the stage, Pauline for the food, Klive and Will for the sound and Paul for the photos.

Message for Rudi:

Ali Tanya Guy and Fellowdread Nyah shared the vocal leads.

Could you be loved:

Monkey Man 

Kelston fete rocks to da Mighty Beaconaires with Fellowdread

Kelston Records provided the music for this year’s epic Kelston Fete 2017. It came in the form of a musical celebration of the legacy to the community of H.I.M Heile Selassie I. The band was da Mighty Beaconaires, with guest stars Pete Judge, Ross Hughes and Fellowdread.

Reflections of an English village fete: dub poet Fellowdread joined da Mighty Beaconaires.  Click below to hear Liquidator with his poem Words.

It was a fundraiser for Fairfield House, the former home of H.I.M, gifted to the City of Bath for care of the elderly. The hope is to raise sufficient funds to create an independent charity which could act as steward for this unique royal and sacred legacy.

da Mighty Beaconaires full lineup takes to the rustic stage at the Kelston Fete

Thanks to Paul Clarke for photos, and to Klive and Will for sound engineering

BOOK NOW – Eyebrow, Kolophon and Kathy Hinde Sat 7 Oct

Kelston Records’ groundbreaking 2017 season closes with two brilliant Bristol duos wrapped up in a visual treat. The bands are Eyebrow, and Kolophon, with visuals by live artist Kathy Hinde.

Eyebrow’s sound is built on the part-improvised, part-planned, looped explorations of drummer Paul Wigens with the wonderfully versatile trumpet player, Pete Judge (of Three Cane Whale and Get the Blessing) “Ambient, minimalist and rich. Wonderful” – AAA Music

Formed this year, Kolophon is the duo of French violinist Agathe Max and  cellist Drew Morgan (of Modulus III). Agathe is dreamy, and Drew is wild. Their growing collaboration is not to be missed.


Kolophon: Agathe Max and Drew Morgan

Spiro and others: Once Upon a Hill 2017

Come join us for Once upon a Hill – an afternoon and evening out on Kelston Roundhill with four fantastic bands, extra acoustic sets, fabulous views and space for reflective time in nature, food and refreshments.

Spiro heads the bill, with Dakhla Brass, and The Nightjar- see description below.

If you want to catch Spiro in 2017 you’d better get yourself over to Kelston Records’ Once upon a Hill event on 5 August. 

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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.