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).

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)