Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hardy Tree Prints

Available in the Clay Pipe shop is a Giclee print of The Hardy Trees 'Through Passages of Time' cover. Printed with archive quality inks on 310 mg Hahnemühle German Etching paper. It comes in an edition of 20, and is numbered and signed. 41cm x 30½cm (12"x16")

Thursday, 18 May 2017


For a week this summer (7/7/17) wiaiwya  will be releasing a 77 minute long song every day from 7 different artists to benefit Médecins Sans Frontières - the plan is to raise £7777. The Hardy Tree has contributed a 77 minute track to the project. Releases will be available as very limited CDs (49 copies) or as downloads and posters. The release schedule is staggered, if you want to pre-order all 7 CDs, downloads or posters you can do that now. 10 copies of The Hardy Tree CD will be available to pre-order on the 16/06/17, with the remaining CDs, downloads and posters being available from the 13/07/17. 

"77 was an excuse to play around and try some new things out. An exercise in not being too precious, to drop the concepts and just experiment. ‘Sketches in D minor’  follows one chord progression taking its starting point as a sequenced Moog, it speeds up and slows down, it grows and changes, string machines, Mellotron sounds, vibes and glockenspiel’s weave in and out.  I played with some new equipment, I learned some stuff, and I hope along with all the trial and error have managed to create something appealing "

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Through Passages of Time Repress

The first pressing of The Hardy Tree - Through Passages of Time is sold out. There will however be a second pressing this time on transparent yellow vinyl, it is available to pre-order now and will ship on the 3rd of February 2017. Download/stream through :itunes/bandcamp/spotify/greedbag etc

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Hardy Tree – Through Passages of Time

The Hardy Tree
Through Passages of Time
 Release date 2nd Dec 2016
Thanks to everyone who bought a copy, if you missed out I will be doing 
a re-press - please sign up to the mailing list, I will try and put pre-orders up ASAP.
If you are London based I will be selling my last few copies at the Social Christmas Market on the 17th December. Email me if you are coming and would like to reserve a copy.

500 hand numbered copies on blue vinyl, reverse board cover with download code.

Advance copies available at the Independent Label Market on 26th Nov. If you are going and would like to reserve a copy drop me a line here

If you would like to be reminded on the 2nd please sign up to the mailing list.

The Hardy Tree is the musical project of Clay Pipe Music's owner Frances Castle, her first LP ' The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was the initial release on the label over five years ago.

Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist. Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the ship breakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor designed church at Horselydown. Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off Kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron - capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs. This is a plaint to an older stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten. Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.

 Looking Down on London
The Culvert
The Peerless Pool
St John Horsleydown
Newport Market

Baltic Wharf
Pepy’s Walk
Sandbridge Court
Sluice House Tavern

Penny’s Folly
Near Windmill Bridge
Harringay House
Cut Throat Lane