Founded in 2015, Stoney Lane is an inventive, independent artist-led record label, growing out of a whole host of musical inventions, collaborations, experiments, friendships and performances, centered around the city of Birmingham, UK. We focus on distinctive and exciting new music and people that we love, venturing wherever the music takes us – often with jazz at its core, yet crossing the eclectic worlds of improvisation to contemporary classical, electronics to world and roots-inspired music.
Stoney Lane supports and develops exceptional young UK musicians, alongside internationally touring and established artists, whilst releasing only a select number of albums each year as we strive to maintain the artistry, adventure and surprise of our records. We still produce lovely physical releases on both CD and vinyl, from limited edition hand pressings to experimental artwork and original design, alongside properly-nurtured HQ audio.
Already the Stoney Lane catalogue is home to recordings featuring the exceptional and thriving talents of Chris Mapp, Hans Koller, Mike Fletcher, Percy Pursglove and Sara Colman, to young musicians burgeoning from Birmingham and beyond, including Alex Woods, Ben Lee, Jonathan Silk, Mark Pringle, Xhosa Cole and Young Pilgrims, to leading lights Arve Henriksen, John O’Gallagher, Stan Sulzmann, Steve Swallow and the NDR Bigband.
We produce an ongoing live programme of Stoney Lane artists at London's King's Place, and also run the official Cheltenham Jazz Festival record store in a large leaky tent for the six days of the festival each spring. In 2020, we co-produced Around The Houses, an online jazz festival and musicians' fundraiser, with dozens of online performances, podcasts and four new commissions premiered with Jazzwise, bringing tens of thousands of views from over 30 countries worldwide.
(‘Stoney Lane’ was the home of West Bromwich Albion, from 1885 to 1900, a time when they actually won something for a change. Our catalogue numbers follow a similarly misguided path).
Stoney Lane Records’s tracks