Thursday, 21 January 2021

Clay Pipe Music - Ten Year Anniversary


In celebration of 10 years of Clay Pipe Music, we are re-issuing the first two releases on the label. The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath by The Hardy Tree, and 'Thalassing' by Michael Tanner and Kerrie Robinson. 

700 hand numbered copies of each on coloured  vinyl.

Reverse board sleeve, with Bandcamp download code.

Out of Stock in the Clay Pipe Shop.

Available through these record shops:

Transmission - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing.

Monorail - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing 

Resident - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing 

Rough Trade - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

Normans - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

Bleep - The Hardy Tree - Thalassing

 I’m not sure exactly what my plans for Clay Pipe were were in October 2010 when I finished recording The Hardy Tree’s 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' and decided to self-release it on CD. I hand printed the cover in blue, using a miniature Japanese screen printing machine called a 'Print Gocco' and I catalogued it 'Clay Pipe 001', so perhaps I was more optimistic about starting a label than I remember? It got picked up by Jarvis Cocker and played on his ‘Sunday Service’ show, the first pressing of 100 sold out, so I quickly pressed up 100 more, this time in Yellow Ochre. A president was set.

I discovered Michael Tanners music on MySpace, and we agreed that I would put out Thalassing which he had just completed with Kerrie Robinson. It came out mid January 2011, and with a second release  Clay Pipe was suddenly a proper label. This time I created the CD cover from scratch, Gocco printing onto 5”x 5” pieces of card and binding them together with cloth tape.

Neither of these albums have been available in physical form since, I’ve adapted the artwork and they have both been remastered for vinyl by Antony Ryan.

The Hardy Tree – The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath.

The music on 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was inspired by Frances' local London neighbourhood, a soundtrack to the past beneath the pavements, its early grass covered hills, Victorian heyday, and 20th century sprawl. Recorded at home in an attic room over a year, she patched and stitched together an orchestral jigsaw puzzle of sounds that hint at audio memories, ghost orchestras, cinema organs, folk song, and static and crackle.


'Thalassing' is a self titled LP by duo Michael Tanner and Kerrie Robinson.

Michael has made music under many guises Plinth, Cloisters and The A.Lords to name but a few as well as recording and playing live with Mark Fry and Sharron Kraus. As Plinth he created 'Music for Smalls Lighthouse' also released on Clay Pipe Music. Kerrie J Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist based in the remote west Highlands of Scotland. Originally from Dorset, she cut her musical teeth working in record shops and playing in bands, including Red Peal, Betika, and Sancho. Her current solo work fuses field recordings with improvisation, sound design and electronics.

Thalassing was recorded live in one night alongside a screening of Robert J. Flaherty's 'Man Of Aran' (1934).


The Original CDs Original hand printed CDs.

Monday, 11 January 2021

David Boulters - Yarmouth

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the second pressing of David Boulter's Yarmouth, I was hoping to have copies by mid-January, but due to pressing delays this is looking unlikely. Please keep checking back here or follow me on social media for further news.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020


Thanks to everyone who has supported Clay Pipe during this very strange year. It seems like many people have found some sort of solace in music, and it has been great to see this years releases go into second and third pressings and make lots of end of year lists. We have some great music planned for 2021 starting with Clay Pipes 10 year celebration, and the re-press on vinyl of the first two CDs we put out, The Hardy Tree's 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' and Michael Tanner and Kerrie Robinson's 'Thalassing'.

There are still a few copies of the second pressing of Gilroy Meres 'Over the Tracks' in the shop.

There are also copies of the third pressing of Jon Brooks 'How to Get to Spring'.

You can pre-order the second pressing of David Boulters 'Yarmouth' - we are expecting to have copies in January.

The second pressing of Gilroy Mere's 'Adlestrop' is sold out in the shop, but Juno and Bleep still have it in stock.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Jon Brooks - How to Get to Spring. Prints, Cards and Cups.


 Jon Brooks - How to Get to Spring
Third Pressing with new cover variant on pale blue vinyl.
300 hand numbered copies.
Exclusive to Clay Pipe and Transmission.

Transmission Records in Margate have made Jon Brooks - How to Get to Spring, their record of the year.
We’ve been huge supporters of Clay Pipe Music since we opened the shop in 2015. One of our favorite labels that consistently releases both beautiful sounding and looking releases, and from the moment we first heard the latest Jon Brooks release in April we knew it was a contender for our ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2020. It’s a beautiful piece of music, an organic electronic meditation on the changing of the seasons that is full of hopefulness and warmth, it’s melodies weaving in and out of tracks like sunlight peeking through a cloudy morning. This record has given us a tremendous amount of joy this year (and if we ever needed that it was in 2020) and we are thrilled to be able to bring you an exclusive repress featuring not only brand new cover art but also on an exclusive colour. This edition is a hand-numbered edition of 300 and comes complete with a download card.
A3 Giclee Print of David Boulters Yarmouth.
Edition of 25 signed and numbered copies.
On Hahnemühle German Etching paper. 

A3 Risograph print of the Tawney Owl on the back of Jon Brooks Shapwick.
30 Signed and numbered copies. 

A3 Giclee print of Gilroy Mere's - Adlestrop (Chocolate Livery)
Edition of 20 signed and numbered copies.
On Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl paper.
(Please note this has a silk texture)
 £30 + P&P

 A3 Giclee print of Gilroy Mere's - Adlestrop (Red Livery)
Edition of 20 signed and numbered copies.
On Hahnemühle German Etching paper. 

Japansese style Clay Pipe beer cup.
These hand thrown Japanese beer cups are a collaboration between Yoshi at NyankoPots and Frances at Clay Pipe. Each one is a limited one-of-a kind piece, the cups were designed and glazed by Yoshi and the pipe decoration was hand-painted by Frances.  Each cup holds half a pint of beer and comes with a traditional Japanese style dimpled back for easy handling. They are dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.

Friday, 30 October 2020

David Boulter - Yarmouth. Pre-order Second Presssing.


David Boulter - Yarmouth.

Second 'sunset' pressing on sea blue vinyl.

300 hand numbered copies.


*expected to ship end of Feb

Thanks to everyone who ordered the first pressing, and helped it sell out so quickly. There are still a few cassettes available at Bleep, Normans and Monorail.

It is now available to stream and download from all your favourite digital platforms.

Monday, 5 October 2020

David Boulter - Yarmouth

 David Boulter - Yarmouth

700 hand numbered copies on sunshine yellow vinyl.

LP - Sold Out

Cassettes - still available in some shops.

Digital and streaming available from 30th Oct 2020.

Read an interview with David on Concrete Islands

David Boulter is a founding member of Tindersticks, he has made over 20 studio albums and film soundtracks with the band. Nottingham born, but based in Prague since 1998, under his own name he has worked on music for many films. These include an eight-part serial Pustina/Wasteland for HBO Europe, the American movie Five Nights In Maine and recently two documentaries with Turkish/Belgian director Volkan Uce. Yarmouth is his first solo LP.

The inspiration for Yarmouth came when David arrived a day early for a show at the Arts Centre in Norwich, and made an impromptu visit by train to the seaside town where had spent his childhood holidays.

In a year when most of us have been unable to travel, Yarmouth offers an escape to summers past. It recalls the saturated colours of a John Hinde postcard in musical form. With a sound palette based around an old 1970’s Lowrey organ, flutes, violin, vintage tape echo and a Premiere vibraphone, it captures a dreamy side of Yarmouth. Sun-drenched childhood memories, long shadows on the sand, the sound of seagulls and waves breaking on the shore. The magic of the fair - the entrance guarded by a huge mechanical giant, club in hand, while the roller coaster rattles overhead on a backboard of painted mountains peaks. As the sun goes down, noise drifts out from the amusement arcades, and neon flickers on Marine Parade, lighting up the fountains in candy floss colours.

As I stepped off the train, the weight of time passed hit me. I was overwhelmed by a sense of sadness and loss. As I walked along the streets, looking for Trudy’s, I didn’t expect her, but I did find the house. Slowly, as I recognised buildings, streets, memories. I began to smile. I hadn’t lost anything. Great Yarmouth had changed. So had I. But the warmth of those sunny childhood summers was still there.” David Boulter 2020




Thursday, 6 August 2020

Represses of Gilroy Mere's 'Adlestrop' and 'Over the Tracks'.


Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop
Second Pressing in chocolate and cream livery.
 500 hand numbered copies with download code.
 Comes with cut-out station by Gary Willis. 



Gilroy Mere - Over the Tracks
Flexi-disk/Download EP and booklet with cut out model station by Gary Willis.
Transparent Flexi with red print.(photo shows first pressing in red)
300 copies.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop

Gilroy Mere - Adlestrop
Pre-Orders from 3rd July 2020.
Release date 24th July 2020.
 600 hand numbered copies with download code.
150 cassettes with download code.

Vinyl version comes with cut-out station by Gary Willis. 

Repress due in September.

Clay Pipe is very happy to bring you Gilroy Mere’s third record on the label, Adlestrop is  inspired by the remains of the rural railway stations, that were closed in the wake of the 1963 Beeching Report.

This record started with Edward Thomas’s poem Adlestrop and a chance visit to the village that it takes its title from. I wanted to see the station, but found it was no longer there, all that remains is the old platform sign Adlestrop, now part of a local bus shelter. However as I walked around the village I was struck that; “all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire” were still singing away - like ghosts from Thomas’ verse.

Visiting Adlestrop spurred me to get hold of a copy of the Beeching Report which, in Appendix 2, lists all the services and stations recommended for closure in the 1960s. The names read like an epic British poem, from halts to branch-line stops and stations and singular terminals for public schools, mines, ferries and even an asylum. There’s Ravenscar where a resort was planned but got no further in its construction than the station, and a hotel - the grid marked out for the roads never laid. Bethesda, a short branch line from Bangor up towards Snowdonia, was used for slate and passengers and is now just a quiet green valley, Christ’s Hospital on the old Cranleigh Line, opened with seven platforms to cope with the daily flood of pupils attending the famous school nearby which never came as it was a boarding school. Many of the stations have vanished, with just fields and car parks left in their place, some are repurposed as houses, or shops, or abandoned as artefacts of a lone-gone industrial past.

Armed with a digital recorder, and with a copy of Beechings Report as my guidebook I made notes and recordings on my travels around the country, and used them as the starting point for a set of pieces that try to capture the fading layers of history, in the areas where the stations had once stood making sure each track retains something of the real place within them. Back in my studio I reacted, improvised, and crafted musical responses to each station, trying to capture the ghosts and former lives of the stations and their imprint on the present.”
Gilroy Mere is Oliver Cherer who trading as Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs as well as his own name has meandered his way through the backwaters of left of centre English folk, ambient and electronic music, issuing numerous albums of original music to much critical acclaim via highly regarded boutique labels such as Static Caravan, Second Language, Deep Distance, Polytechnic Youth, and Awkward Formats.