Defective Comet: more a case of “a star is born”

Tony Orrell and Ross Hughes played a blinder of a gig at the Old Barn Thursday 29 Sept. Playing as The Defective Comet (in the enforced absence of Gas Giants’ founder Will Gregory) they held a packed barn spellbound with their full, driving virtuosity.


Tony Orrell and Ross Hughes got carried away and did a compelling super-long 90 minute set; barely anyone blinked.

Don’t bother Googling The Defective Comet. Gas Giants are in some sort of online stealth mode but finding this lot on the net is like looking for a black hole. But don’t miss their sound and style; it’s seriously addictive. We’ll try to bring you more.

Change in line-up for tomorrow: it’s The Defective Comet

We’re sorry to say that Will Gregory is unwell and unable to play tomorrow. This is a great disappointment for the band (who had a terrific rehearsal together last Sunday and were excited about the gig) and for all of us who were looking forward to hearing Will.

Having spoken to some attendees and to other band members and explored the options, we’ve decided to continue with a modified event tomorrow night.

The other two Gas Giants – multi-instrumentalist Ross Hughes (bass clarinet, guitar, keyboards, flute) and drummer Tony Orrell have a ready prepared set as a duo, and will be recording as The Defective Comet. Tony will also do a set of his legendary disco drumming.

Guest DJ Tony Thorpe is all lined up to start at 1830, the bar will be open and BBQ fired up.

We fully understand if any Will Gregory fans want to cancel, and we will refund any ticket cost if you don’t want to come. But we hope you do – for a great evening and also to sign his giant get well soon card. Once he’s recovered we’ll try to rebook Gas Giants for spring 2017.

Timing & details for Gas Giants live at the Old Barn Th 29 Sept

You can still buy tickets here. 

Rendezvous in The Old Crown Inn, Kelston c 1800 for 15-min walk up to the Old Barn c 1830 with the landlady Becci. Or make your own way – directions here.

Sunset is 1842: bring torch is a good idea.

NB the Old Barn is on a working farm: usual hazards incl uneven surfaces, brambles, barbed wire, nettles. Walking shoes > high heels.

DJ Tony Thorpe, cash bar & BBQ start from 1830.

First set 2000; 2nd set 2100; close 2200 (all times approx).

See Bath Chronicle preview


Tickets now selling for Gas Giants on 29 Sept

Tickets for Gas Giants live at the Old Barn – 29 Sept 2016 [link]

Directions [link]

Timings: guests welcome from 1830. Cash bar, barbeque, guest DJ Tony Thorpe. Gas Giants first set 2000 approx, second set 2100 approx, close 2200 approx. Sundown is 1845 approx, so torches may be advisable.

We could arrange a “walking bus” 1900 approx from the Old Crown pub in Kelston which is right by a bus stop. Contact us if you’re interested.


Extra – Moody DJ tribute to H.I.M’s Kelston time on 29 Sept

Guest DJ before and after the Gas Giants’ sets on 29 Sept will be “Moody Boy” Tony Thorpe. Tony promises a set inspired by Gas Giants’ rare 1990 CD, by the Kelston landscape and the rich history of nearby Fairfield house, former temporary home of H.I.M Heile Selassie.

The Emperor regularly walked the two miles to the centre of Bath during his six-year stay at 2 Kelston Road. Did this icon of Rastafarianism also walk the rather shorter distance to Kelston Roundhill? Surely.

Tickets for Gas Giants are on sale now. 


Moody Boy Tony Thorpe taking inspiration on a recent visit to Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road, Bath (former home of H.I.M Heile Selassie).