Gas Giants: “defective comet” due to show over Kelston 29 Sept 2016

Kelston Records’ next project is Gas Giants – live at the Old Barn, 29 Sept 2016.

Gas Giants is a project of maverick local genius Will Gregory, performing with multi-instrumentalist Ross Hughes (bass clarinet, saxophones , guitar, bass & keyboards) and Tony Orrell (drums & electronics). Will is best known to the wider music-buying public as the instrumental partner to Alison’s sublime voice in Goldfrapp (official web site; Wikipedia page; Will’s world). Tony also plays in Andy Sheppard’s fab trio the Pushy Doctors, which played The Bell on 31 August.

FWIW here’s a review by Charley Dunlap for Listomaniabath of Gas Giants’ earlier gig in 2013:

The Gas Giants, like a defective comet, turn up every 1, 2 or 3 years, each time looking a bit different. Tonight mastermind Will Gregory and his resident Keith Moon, Tony Orrell, are joined by a guy named Ralph [sic], who is a multi-instrumental wizard. This has changed the nature of the band: it has decreased the number of midi cables by easily more than half and allowed Will to use far fewer sequences. So it was more a live blowing gig than ever, or maybe just a long time, before.

Otherwise, it was a glimpse into the arcane musical musings of Will Gregory’s mind, in which the dark corners are inhabited by Albanian radio stations and Moondog. Fear not, though, the glowing centre is still shining Ennio Morricone. Will played alto sax, sounding ever so much like he was in an 80 year old society band, while Ralph played bass lines on a baritone sax and Tony danced a puppet magically, and silently, over his drum kit.

Traversing through the above inspirations with surreal aplomb, they were vastly entertaining to this obviously sophisticated crowd. Sophistication deserted us, though, when they demanded the audience dance if they were to encore. We danced like escapees from a mental institution until, one by one, we dropped. Then they left, triumphant.

Ralph is Ross of course, and will be newly married.

Gas Giants have not recorded anything since 1990, so this is a big milestone. Hold 29 Sept up at the Old Barn in your diary and come celebrate. Tickets on sale now. (updated)

Three Cane Whale: live at the Old Barn 7 July 2016

Alex Vann, Pete Judge and Paul Bradley set to do the first Kelston Records gig.

Three Cane Whale play the Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill on Thursday 7 July 2016. The live gig will be recorded for Kelston Records, working with Bath Spa University.

UPDATE: #KelstonLaureate Jon Hamp will introduce the band live with new work in a rare public performance. 

Three Cane Whale do some outdoor practice for the Old Barn gig

You can join us that evening for a short walk up Kelston Roundhill, some poetry, an optional meal and refreshments, and the live recording of the performance. by multi-instrumentalists Alex Vann, Pete Judge and Paul Bradley.

Three Cane Whale’s music regularly draws on a love of places and locations. For their second CD the band recorded every track in a different non-studio environment. They band has a broad appeal from Radio 3 across to 6 Music type audiences. Their music rewards a little thoughtful concentration, and should be ideally suited to the “Live at the Old Barn” format. Come and share an evening with them as they connect with and reflect the spirit of Kelston Roundhill.

Tickets are now on sale online. Email if you want to be kept in touch about this and future events.

Kelston Roundhill from Prospect Stile

Kelston Roundhill seen from Prospect Stile. Photo by Tim Graham