First review: “integrity looms large”

Nice first review of Three Cane Whale: live at the Old Barn in Dave Franklin’s blog Dancing about Architecture:

Although a live album, in keeping with the world they inhabit, only a wave of polite applause at the appropriate juncture indicates this is anything other than a studio recording thanks, in no small part, to the trio’s ability to recreate their sound flawlessly. The spoken word pieces set to minimal accompaniment remind us of the purpose of early music, if it wasn’t devotional in nature then it was to drive a narrative, the tales and news of the day and hearing Jon Hamp’s delivery it is difficult not to picture a captivated audience in long forgotten inn or travellers sharing stories around a campfire.

This is music as a primal whisper, a not often heard sound which is usually lost, drowned out by the noise and ambition of this face paced world. As I said before, when trying to find the words to adequately describe their album Palimpsest, their music talks in an ancient language, one that the head may sometimes struggle with but the heart and soul is fluent in.

Dave tends to write what he likes (which is not to say he likes everything, as his blog makes very clear). So it’s easy to imagine that artists (and record labels) are generally pleased to see his reviews. But what’s really valuable in a review is when it takes you inside something you thought you knew and helps you see it in  different and deeper way. His blog is well worth following.

Timings and directions for The Bookshop Band & special friends: live at the Old Barn 20 Oct 2016

It’s autumn. High above the Old Barn thrushes, especially redwing, are arriving from Iceland, Norway and Siberia, passing over at night sharing their distinctive “Tweet of the day”. 

It’s a MIGRATION-themed special from The Bookshop Band and their special guests Emma Hooper and Jack Wolf. And the Wetland and Wildlife Trust are using this special occasion to launch their lavish new crowdfunded edition of Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose.

Tickets still on sale here.

Directions are here.

Approximate timings:

  • 1400-1800 Set up
  • 1812 Sunset
  • 1830 Guests arrive; bar open; hot meals served
  • 1945-2030 First set
  • 2100-2145 Second set

Bookshop Band live at the Old Barn – with special friends – Th 20 October

Kelston Records’ third and final live event of 2016 brings you The Bookshop Band & fab friends. The literature lovers have squeezed in a stop on their autumn national tour to play live at the Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill on Thursday, 20th October.

Beth Porter and Ben Please will be joined for this night only by the brilliant musician and novelist Emma Hooper, bestselling author William Fiennes and the award winning Jack Wolf.

It’s past Harvest Festival, getting on for Halowe’en, so we’ll be lighting the candles and the woodburners. The concert will be recorded for an album to be released by Kelston Records in the new year.

Fresh local food, beer and cider available on the night (cash only). Tickets £10 in advance (plus booking fee); £14 on the night.

“Really fabulous new music…just delightful” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“I was enchanted and enthralled by The Bookshop Band. What a great, clever, literate musical night.” Ian Rankin

Three Cane Whale London launch gig: Kelston Records now open for business

The wonderful Three Cane Whale played the Green Note in Camden last night. They let Kelston Records use the occasion as the launch event for our newly arrived first CD Three Cane Whale live at the Old Barn.


KR001: Three Cane Whale live at the Old Barn. Recorded on Kelston Roundhill 7 July 2016; launched in London 3 Oct. 

Physical sales will be available at Three Cane Whale’s gigs; the hometown Bristol launch of the new live album is 16 October at the Folk House (tickets). You can also purchase CDs at Kelston Records’ new online store here and various retail outlets.

Downloads: the album is also available on

and other download platforms: just search for “Kelston Records” or “Three Cane Whale” and look for “Live at the Old Barn”. Some services offer partial preview of the tracks. Downloading is more convenient and arguably more environment-friendly, but many people still prefer a physical product which can be signed, gifted etc. We’d be happy to offer a vinyl version if there’s sufficient demand; this may require pre-ordering, and has a longer lead time (three months).

Up next is something Three Cane Whale’s hardcore folk following may not have been expecting: a dreamy Brixton psychedelic remix of their track Brute Angels. We love it. We hope it will bring Three Cane Whale to new audiences. It’s addictive. We’re just getting it mastered so it doesn’t blow up your speakers. Stay in touch.


Poor photo of an excellent gig at the lovely Green Note folk cafe in Camden. Top beer, food, and great sounds in an intimate space. 


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.