Edwyn Collins chats Hooton Tennis Club on BBC 6 Music.


Last week on BBC 6 Music Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell spoke to Radcliffe & Maconie about working with Hooton Tennis Club on their album ‘Big Box of Chocolates.’

The band recorded the record in Helmsdale, Scotland up in Edwyn’s studio.


Hooton Tennis Club are headlining our Friday night party at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club this Friday with The Parrots & The Orielles.

Last few tickets for the show are available to purchase here. 

Diwydiant Sŵn


An abstract abseil down the faces of some of Wales’ most prominent industries, wool, coal, slate and renewable energy, focusing on the sounds of these industries and their possible effects on the melodies, rhythms and vocabulary of music and songs from the surrounding areas. Huw Evans (AKA H Hawkline) weaves a half hour tapestry for the ears combining interviews from those involved with the industries, the sounds of the machines and the workplace, voices from the past and contemporary and old music along with the occasional original piece of instrumental music inspired by the sounds heard on this journey.


Coming Soon to Hebden Bridge – An Afternoon of Poetry & Prose.


While we’re hosting four days of live music at The Trades Club between the 19th & 22nd January this month, our friends at Caught by the River are hosting an afternoon of prose & poetry on the Saturday.

Taking place at Machpelah Mill, Hebden Bridge on Saturday 21st January – this calm afternoon is the perfect antidote to our Friday night party with Hooton Tennis Club, The Parrots & The Orielles.

Tickets are £5 and with seven guests appearing – it’s a bargain.

Tickets are available here.

Check out the details of our four live music nights at the Trades Club here. 

New In The Shop


We have some copies of ‘Tim Book Two – Vinyl Adventures from ‘Istanbul To San Francisco’ now available to purchase in our emporium.

This was one of our favourite reads of 2016 and we’re sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.

In 2012, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two – a tale of Tim’s lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them.

In some ways, the biggest events in Tim’s life happened in the couple of years after he had finished writing his first book rather than in the forty years before. So he had more to say, but instead of another autobiography he chose a different way of telling the story. Tim set himself a quest. He would get in touch with people he admired, and ask them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick. It would also offer a chance to see how record shops were faring in the digital age – one in which vinyl was still a much-treasured format.

Tim assembled his cast of characters, from Iggy Pop to Johnny Marr, David Lynch to Cosey Fanni Tutti. Texts, phone calls, emails and handwritten notes went out. Here is the tender, funny and surprising story of what came back.


We also have a couple of Herb Lester’s Maps back in stock too.

Purchase ‘The Velvet Underground Map of New York.’

Purchase ‘Punk London Map 1975-1978.’

BE perform ‘ONE’ at St.Mary’s Church, Nottingham.


‘BE’ will play their critically acclaimed album ‘ONE’ plus preview new material recorded with the Nottingham honey bees and St. Mary’s Church Choir. The band BE was formed as a collaboration between artist Wolfgang Buttress, musicians-Tony Foster, Kev Bales, Deirdre Bencsik, Camille Buttress, scientist Dr. Martin Bencsik and 40,000 honey bees. Collectively they created a soundscape for the multi award winning sculpture called The Hive that is now sited at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The soundscape was released as One to much critical acclaim on Caught by the Rivers innovative record label Rivertones.

An immersive experience
The sounds and vibrations of over 40,000 honeybees will be streamed live into St. Mary’s Church from a local beehive in Brackenhurst, Nottinghamshire. A state of the art 3D surround sound system has been commissioned for these performances. Visual imagery from the Hive project will be projected onto the musicians and the Church.
Wolfgang is working with renowned perfumiers and candle makers Haeckels to create a installation which will illuminate the performance and fill the space with the smell and essence of the church gardens.

These special ltd edition candles will be available to buy online at and from St. Mary’s Church.

Tickets are available for the sh0ws here.

A Date for your New Calendar


Caught by the River at The Horse Hospital 

Our friends at Caught by the River are hosting a series of events next year in one of the capital’s most interesting arts spaces early next year.

The first evening features:

Kate Carr

– A rare screening of Blackwaterside

– Readings from Caught by the River’s poets in residence Will Burns & Martha Sprackland,
plus special guest Adam O’ Riordan.

– MC John Andrews.

All the information on the line-up can be found here.

Caught by the River DJs will play records on the night and there will be a dedicated bookshop set up inside the venue.

Tickets are £10 in advance and doors open at 7pm.

The Horse Hospital is a three-tiered progressive arts venue in London providing an encompassing umbrella for the related media of art, film, fashion, literature and music. It provides a unique and distinctive arts and artist-led environment in which the arts can flourish for the benefit of local residents, tourists, visitors and practitioners.

The Horse Hospital is at Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD.

For more information about the venue, click here.

Visit the Caught by the River site for everything you need to know.


Hidden Gems: James Hoare on East Village


James Hoare of Ultimate Painting spoke to ‘Raven Sings The Blues’ about his lost gem, the East Village album ‘Drop Out.’

James recalls, “I’d heard of the East Village through a friend, David Feck from Comet Gain, some years back. David strongly recommended I listen to the band and made me a mix tape which I took on holiday to Cornwall and was instantly drawn to, the music perfectly fit the mood, driving in the late summer evenings, melodic guitar lines looping over each other [in] beautiful melodies. I was instantly taken with the band and knew they had something special. It also sounded strangely familiar, like I’d been listening to them for years, yet completely fresh.”


Heavenly reissued this album in 2013 and it’s still just about possible to locate!

The 7″ single ‘Circles’ is available to purchase here.