Highbury team step out for an evening!

January 30th 8pm.
The wonderful Dark Horse in Moseley and Highbury Studio have spontaneously teamed up to bring The Highbury Sessions to the Dark Horse.
 4 diverse but great artists who all play out but who have all recorded or rehearsed at Highbury. 
 A short set from each artist will be filmed in glorious black and white for later broadcast but as we all know there’s nothing better than being there when it comes to great performances.
 It’s a new idea for the Dark Horse so be our guests and launch your weekend with enough fine new tunes to see you through to Monday morning. 
It starts at 8pm and will be over by 9.30 leaving you plenty of time for further Friday fun about town. 
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Where do some of our guests go when they’re not here?

We’ve started a map showing just some of our guests’ activities this year. Click on a link to see what they’re’ up to. If you’d like to join our happy band of travellers just give us a call on 07772 293325

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Goodness! Nearly Easter

Goodnight Lenin, not content with recording their cracking album here popped in to record 2 covers for a Record Store Day record! They put a teasing trailer up 4 days ago and already 14,000+ views.

Meanwhile in our lock up Boat To Row made a casual film of themselves, we love having them here:

How else can you follow ‘Americana’ and ‘Folk’ but with some ‘Psychedelia’ The Exploding Sound Machine brought their Hammond with Leslie speaker, joss sticks and oil wheels and laid these 3 tracks down. Audio only but worth it.


Just a small selection of the many great artists using the studio. Come and join them.

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A farewell to 2013

We’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists in 2013 – here’s a run-down of our favourites who have either recorded or rehearsed (or often both) at Highbury:


A Suitcase Of Owls

Acoustic Who Band

Alternative Dubstep Orchestra

Andy Roberts

Arabella Sprott


Boat To Row

Chinese Burn Society



Critical Mass

Dangerous Girls

Eat Y’Self Pretty

Elliot Jack

Everett Morton (The Beat)

Female Smell


Freedom Field

Goodnight Lenin


Hannah Brown

Hannah Molloy

Hannah Rosu

Harriet Harkcom

Head Girl

Horse Feathers

I Am Cinema

I O Earth

Jacqueline White

Jimmy Davis

Jo Hamilton

Kindle Theatre Company

Kings Of Spain


Laurie Hornsby

Little Comets

Mark Saunders

Mike Fletcher

Mikhael Mala


Nasty Playground


Our Mutual Friends

Outlines Off

Phil Chapman

Rebel Party Band

Rhino & The Ranters

Samantha Dorrance

Samuel Rogers

Shit Magnet

St. John’s Steel Band

Stone Foundation

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam

Table Scraps

The Amateurs

The Paradimes

The Ravens

The Rimes

The Surprises

The Traps


Vo Fletcher


As you can hear, we’ve recorded a wide variety of genre’s including Blues, Classical, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock and World…

What does 2014 have in store for us?

Bring it on!

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Where is everyone?

What’s been happening lately with our dear Highbury clients?  Well…

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have just released their debut album recorded here at the studio


You can have a listen here:



Goodnight Lenin are just finishing off mixing their album after a brilliant performance  at Moseley Folk Festival


Boat To Row have also been busy with Moseley Folk Festival, Stroud Fringe, Sofar Sounds and a BBC WM 95.6FM session. We’re looking forward to having them back with us to record this weekend.


Little Comets have been away touring the States!


En route from Denver to Portland they stopped off by the side of the road for this lovely  performance of Jennifer 

And they’ve recently featured in an article with Huffington Post! Have a read here:



And our good friends Kodaline are set to embark on a European Tour this Winter!


You can catch them at The Institute on 8th November:


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Highbury Recordings – August

Over the passing month here at Highbury we’ve had a rather eclectic mix of Folk, Neo-Surf, Jazz, Country and Punk bands coming in to record.

We’ve had the pleasure of recording Boat To Row, Table Scraps, Mike Fletcher Trio, Orfila and Female Smell – it’s all sounding great.

Links to the artists here:

Boat To Row

Table Scraps

Mike Fletcher Trio


Female Smell

Despite our excitement, we’ll have to wait until they release their recordings before we can share them with you here!

Meanwhile, John’s been off having fun tour managing Seasick Steve with John Paul Jones joining Steve for the last three festivals.

And Rob’s been getting excited over The Surprises reunion gig at The Hare & Hounds – 5th September, for those with a penchant for 1970′s music history.

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Mixing it up at Highbury

Over the last few months at Highbury we’ve had the joy of making an
album for a young man from West Bromwich, Mikhael Mala.

By young we mean 15!

Mikhael has performed for World renowned figures & some of his stunning performances were held at the Wembley Arena, O2 Arena, LG Arena and the Liverpool Echo Arena.

He’s a cracking vocalist and came to us with a clear idea of what he
wanted to do.

We just helped him turn his idea into reality, finding the right
session musicians, backing vocalists and such.

We’re talking Irish flute, Welsh harp and all sorts of interesting stuff.

Here’s the first track from his album – see what we mean by ‘mixing it up’?

Bon voyage Mikhael, enjoy the journey.

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Highbury Works Outing

Perhaps to our shame we’d not come across ‘Gigjunkies’ before but are certainly glad we have now as they documented a top night that we had last friday.

We managed to catch a triple friends-of-Highbury performance evening where we saw Kodaline doing an extremely stripped down acoustic busk in the lounge of The Hare & Hounds at 7.30.

Kodaline at The Hare & Hounds.

Kodaline at The Hare & Hounds. Photography by Counteract Magazine.

Taking Kodaline with us, we got up to The Old Rep in town to catch all of Goodnight Lenin’s performance.

Goodnight Lenin at The Old Rep Theatre. Photography by Ian Dunn

We then all came back to the upstairs of the Hare & Hounds to catch a stunning set from Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, with ADO and Goodnight Lenin both finishing recording albums at Highbury in the last couple of weeks, and with Kodaline who did a little recording here which can be heard on their Love Like This EP on SoundCloud. Kodaline are currently sat at #22 with Love Like This in the UK Singles Chart.

Alternative Dubstep Orchestra at The Hare & Hounds. Photography by Ian Dunn

Alternative Dubstep Orchestra at The Hare & Hounds. Photography by Ian Dunn

By the end of the night we were lost in musical bliss. We didn’t quite know how to write about such a great evening but to our delight, GigJunkie nailed 2 out of the 3, reviewing both ADO and Goodnight Lenin. Check the reviews here thanks to the Gigjunkie team – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves…

Alternative Dubstep Orchestra:

Goodnight Lenin:

And a fine review of Kodaline’s performance from one of our favourite online magazines Counteract:


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Prince & 3rd Eye Girl cover Jo Hamilton’s Liathach in their live set

The wonderful Jo Hamilton, who often rehearses here at Highbury, released her first album Gown in 2009.

We were amazed and delighted to hear that Prince and his new all-girl backing band 3rd Eye Girl are performing an instrumental cover of Liathach from Gown on his current live tour in the U.S with Prince playing piano!

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Here’s the original video

We hear that Prince is set to tour some small venues in the U.K. later this year. Fingers crossed we might to get to hear his cover for ourselves!

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Table Scraps

Exciting news from Birmingham duo Table Scraps consisting of Scott Vincent Abbott (singing and guitar abuse) and Poppy Twist (who you’ll remember from Poppy & The Jezebels) who have recently released their EP on cassette.

Recorded on our Tascam tape machine with Rob Peters, the three-track tape consists of What You Don’t Allow, In The Ground Sinking Ship.

The limited edition of 200 tapes makes owning one quite a privilege, with codes included for exclusive digital downloads.

We’re still enjoying listening to it two months on after recording: https://soundcloud.com/table-scraps-1

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