Friday, 4 July 2014

London Independent Label Market

I shall be selling some Clay Pipe wares at the Independent Label Market at Spitalfields London, on Saturday 12 July. I've been kindly asked to share the WIAIWYA stall, I should have some rarities and handmade download code cards of previous releases. The London Brewers market is taking place at the same time so it looks to be a good day out.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Tyneham House 3rd Edition Now Available

£15 + P&P
If you wish to order more than one copy please contact me first.

The pastoral, wistful yet ineffably disquieting music of Tyneham House is made by artists who wish to remain anonymous here, save for their eponymous title. The musicians are happy, however, to let it be known that these recordings have been around for some years (many of them complied from old cassettes) and that they take inspiration from the 1960s/’70s/’80s work of the Children’s Film Foundation – a body who really ought to have made a film about this mysterious West Country curio. At least now we have its endlessly poignant soundtrack.

The small village of Tyneham, on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset, was once a thriving little community – that is until the British Government requisitioned it for training manoeuvres and other ‘strategic purposes’ in the run up to WWII. This was supposed to be a temporary measure, but the area remained in military possession long after hostilities had ceased, causing distress among former inhabitants, many of whom were farmed out to prefabs in nearby Wareham and Swanage.

Tyneham was characterised by its red telephone box, a tiny parade of shops – Post Office Row – and a grand country pile which stood about half a mile away from the village: Tyneham House. The army removed the building’s oak panelling and ornate decorative details and promptly set about using it for target practice. So great was the shame expressed locally about the damage inflicted upon one of Dorset’s grandest houses that the powers that be decided to grow a copse around the remains of the structure to give the impression that it was no longer there. Despite this, a substantial part of the structure remains intact, including its Saxon hall.

Land access around Tyneham was opened up in the 1970s, but admission to the house remains strictly verboten. Those who’ve been found around the premises, especially anyone wielding a camera, have felt the full weight of military trespass law. Tyneham today is regarded as a nature reserve by some – as a national embarrassment by others. It’s still a political hot potato, in Dorset at least.

Tracklisting (CD) :

• A Chalk Horse
• Rookery Wood
• Coppice Walk
• Binoculars
• Bletchingley
• Post Office Row
• The Crows Circle
• Winter Carriage
• The Ragged Cat
• I Shall Not Cross The Sleeping Hill
• The Porch Room
• Saxon Chapel
• Last Village Before The Sea
• Lit Room At Midnight

Tracklisting (Cassette) :

A: A School Holiday, 1977
B: May Day, 1981

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Plinth Gigs

An expanded Plinth line up will be playing Dalston's Cafe Oto, on Saturday 28th June, you can buy tickets HERE They are also playing a free gig at the Leigh On Sea Folk Festival the following day. I am hoping to have pre-release copies of Tyneham House available for sale at these events.

There is also an earlier date at Colchester Arts Club on the 18th June more info HERE

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Tyneham House 3rd Edition

A new 3rd edition of Tyneham House is on its way. This will be similar to the previous editions in a brown card Gocco printed box with CD, cassette and booklet. It will be limited to 100 copies.
Keep your eye on this website/facebook/twitter or sign up to the mailing list for further info.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Risograph Prints

Two, and three colour prints based on designs from Clay Pipe Music's LP and CD covers. These are A3 size Risograph prints printed at Dalstons Ditto Press.

£20 each + P&P

 The Hardy Tree 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath'
£20 + P&P 
Jon Brooks 'Shapwick'
£20 + P&P

Plinth  'Music for Smalls Lighthouse'
£20 + P&P

Jetsam and Gareth E. Rees 'A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes'
£20 + P&P 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas Social

If you are in London on the 21st of December please come along to the Heavenly Social Christmas Market. I will have a stall selling Clay Pipe goodies including four new Risograph prints featuring the artwork of past Clay Pipe releases, and download cards of sold out Clay Pipe releases including Jon Brooks Shapwick.  I'll be sharing my stall with Glen from Second Language, so there will be a great selection of CDs and Records to choose from. Heavenly bands playing down stairs, winter ales, mulled wine etc.

21st Dec
The Social
5 Little Portland St
London W1W 7JD

12-5.30pm Free Entry

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Jetsam and Gareth E. Rees 'A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes'


CD in Risograph printed, handmade cover.
200 numbered copies.

Download available at: 

Walthamstow-based group Jetsam are an eclectic contemporary ensemble who create and perform original and commissioned works as well as contemporary repertoire. 
In 2012 they teamed up with author Gareth E. Rees for a collaborative project inspired by his blog The Marshman Chronicles and, in particular, his short story ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’. 
In Rees’s work, the Lea Marshes are a fragmented world which disrupt the walker’s sense of linear time. The landscape is an unsettling mix of ancient wetland, overgrown Victorian ruins, wild flower meadows, pylons, railway sidings and reservoirs. Kestrels hover over grazing rare breed cattle. Shopping trolleys are sucked into the river bank. A heron stands in a flooded World War II bomb crater. All of this framed by London’s skyscraper skyline and the stadia of the Olympic Park. This inner city wilderness tells a story about London’s past, but it also suggests a future after mankind has gone, when wild nature bursts through the cracks in the city to reclaim it as their own.

In a ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’. Jetsam’s atmospheric orchestration, and Rees’s spoken word take you on a journey through this troubled dreamscape. 
The album has been beautifully recorded at the Music Studios of The University of Hudderfield, it will be limited to 200 numbered copies in a Risograph printed handmade CD case designed by illustrator Frances Castle.

Gareths E. Rees' book Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London, will be published by Hackney-based Influx Press in November.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Plinths 'Music For Smalls Lighthouse'


Plinths 'Music for Smalls Lighthouse' is now available in the shop.

£14.99 + P&P  BUY

Plinth's, Michael Tanner is a musician from Dorset who has recorded under a myriad collection of names and guises these include Cloisters, Taskerlands, Thalassing, part of the duo The A Lords - on Mark Fry's 'I Lived in Trees', and with Irish improvisers the United Bible Studies.
Music For Smalls Lighthouse was initially released in 2010 as a very limited edition CD by Second Language, since then it has been unavailable on a physical format. The album has been specially re-mastered for vinyl by ISAN's Antony Ryan and features completely new artwork by Frances Castle, including an illustrated booklet that tells the story of Smalls Lighthouse. Limited to 500 hand numbered copies it includes a download of the LP and the bonus mini album 'Flotsam' that was included in the original release.
Smalls Lighthouse, is located approximately 20 miles west of St Davids Peninsula in Pembrokeshire Wales . Engineered by a violin-maker and standing on flat rocks battered by the sea, the original lighthouse resembled a squat hut on giant stilts. In the year 1800 two men Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffin, well known locally for their drunken spats and quarrels, boarded a fishing-vessel to spend six months together as lighthouse keepers on Smalls Rock. During this time Griffith was killed in an accident and Howell was left alone to fend for himself struggling to stay sane in the isolation of the lighthouse. The music on this record soundtracks the events that took place with beautiful and often gruesome clarity.

Music For Smalls Lighthouse fosters a subliminal mixture of arcane atmospherics and mournful chamber music....Tanner seals six exquisitely evocative pieces together into one bleakly alluring whole... DOA

Music For Smalls Lighthouse is a quite remarkable record...feels like a slice of Britain has been carved and pressed to vinyl for the listener to enjoy at will… Fluid Radio

We’ll likely never see a glut of similar albums, because they are so difficult to do well, without theatrics or pretense.  But when they are done well, as is the case here, they stick in the mind like cherished guests in a cozy house.  It’s not only their stories that we want to remember, but the ways in which they were told.  A Closer Listen (Richard Allen)