Another in our occasional series looking a little more laterally at the kind of issues we treat on a daily basis.
You might think that starting your own record label is impossible but actually it isn’t. In fact if you look into the history of record labels you will find that there are a number of them that have had varying levels of success since being started independently.
One fantastic testament to the fact that it can be done is Woodworm Records. This record label was started back in 1979 and has been successful ever since. The label itself was started to allow Fairport Convention (a British folk-rock band) to release their album Farewell Farewell. The band took part in a farewell tour during 1979 and this album was a collection of recordings made throughout that time.
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The band were reasonably successful and only split up due to medical advice given to one of the band. Dave Swarbrick (the band’s fiddle player) was given medical advice to stop being in a band in order to aid his health. At the time there was no record label that was willing to release their farewell album so Dave Pegg (bass guitarist) and his wife (Christine) set up Woodworm Records in order to release it.
The Growth of Woodworm Records
Thanks to the success of the Farewell Farewell album, the record label was able to take on new projects and release more albums, for example those by Fairport themeselves and Dave Swarbrick as a solo artist. The record label was forced to take a break during 2004 as Pegg and his wife divorced and the recording studio had to be sold. It was during this time that they set up new label Matty Grooves Records and this continues the work of the original Woodworm Records as well as other ongoing projects.
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