Monday, 2 September 2019

Vic Mars 'Inner Roads and Outer Paths'

Vic Mars - Inner Roads and Outer Paths
Transparent Blue Vinyl
Reverse board cover and printed inner sleeve.
700 hand numbered copies
Download code in sleeve.

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Release 4th Oct.

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Inner Roads and Outer Paths is Herefordshire born Vic Mars’ third release on Clay Pipe Music. It follows last years ‘The Soundtrack To The Hospice’ commissioned by Gideon Coe for BBC 6 Music, and 2015s critically acclaimed ‘The Land and the Garden’.

Inspired by in part by Alfred Watkins words and photographs of Herefordshire, the record also harks back to a period in Vic’s youth spent exploring the abandoned houses and factories on the fringes of his home town; the in-between places where nature either takes back, or loses its grip. On a recent visit home, he found a new road cutting through the fields he had played in as a child, and realised that some of the older pathways and lanes had become lost or overgrown. It is a record of trails, roads and holloways, that lead you out along the river, through ruined arches and over railway lines, past crumbling stately homes and back into the centre of town.

The album was recorded with 1980s style ‘tracker’ software, and a collection of instruments that includes alto recorders, school glockenspiels, a Roland Juno 60 and a Korg Monopoly. He manages to merge the wow and flutter of orchestral sounds from vintage British cinema documentaries, with Freddie Phillips style acoustic guitars and sequenced analogue synths. ‘Inner Roads and Outer Paths’ is a lush beautiful record that magically captures the Hereford landscape of Vic’s youth.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers.
Clear Vinyl LP and illustrated booklet. 
Reverse board cover.
Download code.


Released on the 2nd of August is a repress of Sharron Kraus' long sold out 2015 Clay Pipe LP, which includes the new extra track Gwydion. Friends and enemies; Lovers and Strangers is a collection of songs inspired by the Welsh folk tales of The Mabinogi. The idea for the album was first realised while she was living in rural Mid Wales.

I started off writing the songs as a way of getting to grips with what was happening in the stories” She says, “Trying to understand things that at first seemed confusing to me, and quickly got sucked in to a strange and wonderful world. I fell in love with these stories whilst being mystified by them and the process of wrestling them into song form has been one of the most challenging and rewarding of my song writing projects to date.”

The stories collected in The Four Branches of The Mabinogi were written in the 11th Century but contain themes that remain relevant today: love and hatred; battles for power; loss, displacement and migration of peoples; magic and wonder.

The album is full of beautiful crystal clear melodies that enhance the intrigue of the tales Sharron is telling. Using harp, recorders and bowed dulcimer, as well as guitar and piano the songs manage to capture the atmosphere of the time and take the listener back to the magical places mentioned in the stories.

Sharron Kraus is a UK-based singer, musician and songwriter whose music though informed by the folk traditions of England and Appalachia has its own distinctive voice. Heralded as one of the strongest voices in English contemporary folk. She has recorded a collection of traditional folk songs, Leaves From Off the Tree, with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Philadelphia psych folk band Espers, but the majority of her work is self-authored. Along with Justin Hopper and Belbury Poly she has recently released the critically acclaimed LP ‘Chanctonbury Rings’ on Ghostbox Records.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Colours May Vary /Reservations for Independent Label Market

The exhibition of Clay Pipe artwork at Colours May Vary in Leeds runs until the 1st August. It's a great shop/exhibition space if you like art and design, and well worth a visit.

Prints from the exhibition and small amounts of vinyl are now up on the Colours May Vary webstore, framed prints and Stagdale flexi disks, badges and cassettes are available in store.

It's back in a new place! I'll have pre-release copies of Sharron Kraus' repress of Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers, along with some other rarities if you are coming along and want to reserve something drop me a line.

Monday, 17 June 2019

There will be  an exhibition of Clay Pipe artwork at Colours May Vary in Leeds in July. There will be an opening/launch on the evening of the 5th July. Please come along if you can make it.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019


Stagdale by Frances Castle/The Hardy Tree 
Book, and Badge with Download. 

£9.99 +P&P 

Flexi-disc version SOLD OUT
Stagdale is a graphic short story and three track download EP by Clay Pipe founder Frances Castle and her musical alter ego The Hardy Tree. 
Three tracks of Moog based electronics soundtrack the first part of this 1970s pastoral childhood adventure.
It’s the summer of 1975 and despite the addition of a new housing estate the ancient village of Stagdale remains an insular place, suspicious of change. Nestled into the chalk-scared valley lies Stagdale Manor, home to Lord Ethelbert, a self-proclaimed descendant of a Saxon King. Once grand, the estate is slowly slipping into a state of dilapidation.
Hoping to find a new life for themselves, 12-year-old Kathy and her recently divorced mother rent an old damp cottage from Lord Ethelbert on the outskirts of the village. It’s not long before Kathy befriends local boy Joe who enjoys telling her stories about village life, both past and present. He takes her to the museum and shows her the empty glass case where the Stag Jewel, a Saxon gold amulet in the shape of a deer’s head, used to be displayed. The jewel was thought to have once brought Stagdale prosperity and luck, but according to local legend it was stolen by a German boy who lived in Kathy’s house during World War Two. 

Monday, 21 January 2019

Nightscapes - Second Pressing

Second edtion of D Rothons Nightscapes. 
Dusk blue vinyl, with a different 'abstract' label to the first pressing. 
300 hand numbered copies.

Giclée Fine Art Prints on 320gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl (satin/gloss) paper. 
Instant download of the album.
20 signed and numbered copies. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

D Rothon and Gilroy Mere live.

On Saturday 26th Jan 2019, D.Rothon and Oliver Cherer (Gilroy Mere) will be playing at Reunion, 38 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AH. Vic Mars will be supplying the tunes in between the sets. There will also be a stall selling back catalogue Clay Pipe releases and merch, the above poster is free with entry. Tickets are £5, we have sold out of prebooked allocated tickets, but there will be limited tickets on the door. Any questions email

Thursday, 22 November 2018

D. Rothon - Nightscapes.

  Nightscapes by D. Rothon
Release date: 14th Dec 2018
Available on Spotify and itunes.
Physical formats in the shop:
Hand numbered dusk blue vinyl w/download (500 copies) £16.99 SOLD OUT
Cassette w/download (100 copies) £8  SOLD OUT
 Giclee Art Print w/download (15 copies) £30 SOLD OUT

Cassettes still available at Transmission Records and Normans
Nightscapes recalls the feelings that are triggered and heightened by the dark hours. Recurring dreams, hypnagogic states, and half-sleep visions. The childhood sense of anticipation for the future that strikes in the middle of the night. The bittersweet feeling of waking up from a dream that has transported you back in time…

David Rothon is a musician from south London who has been involved in a variety of musical activities over the years, from garage bands to experimental spoken-word projects. These include a collaboration with Ian Masters (Pale Saints) as Sore & Steal and, more recently, Cloudier Skies with performer/chanteuse Claudia Barton, which was championed by Radio 3’s
Late Junction.

David conjures up the hours between dusk and dawn by deploying a variety of instruments including pedal steel guitar, Mellotron, Omnichord, strings and cor anglais, as well as experimenting with unusual chord changes and voicings. Patching instruments through unexpected effects pedals, and running tracks out to cassette tape and back again, help bring an otherworldly ambience to the record. Parts of the album were semi-improvised, with melody lines developing from take to take, while field recordings and happy accidents led to serendipitous results.

Nightscapes takes you on a nocturnal journey – whether into your emotions and memories, or the sleeping world outside. 

A Suite of gently haunting instrumentals..Hunker down, listen after dark and let it infiltrate your dreams. Shindig
Nightscapes is an otherworldly ambient record... it’s like some distantly remembered TV theme, delivered via cor anglais, guitar and strings. Terrascope