...what is Add a Band?


Add a Band -  song production and instrumentation - bring your music to life!

Recording in a traditional studio can be expensive and daunting. The fees for studio time, an engineer, a producer, musicians and mixing, can really mount up without a clear end in sight.

At Add a Band, we do it all under one roof. We record you playing your song (or send it to us via email), then we produce and record a bespoke accompaniment onto the track from our array of modern and vintage instruments. All played and recorded by us - real instruments, real people. You then receive a full mix of your song, with a band!

Perfect for singer songwriters, our aim is to bring the best out of your music with an innovative yet old-school ethos.  From simple guitar to a full rhythm section backing, we work personally with you to make sure we're bringing the best out of your songs.

We are fully set up at our purpose built recording studio in the beautiful Welsh countryside to discuss your requirements, make coffee, record your part using your own or one of our in-house instruments (acoustic/electric guitars, mandolins, violins, boudoir grand piano among others), then leave us to add the band.

Check out our pricing for more info, listen to some demos, read our testimonials or get in touch to discuss your requirements.


...who is Add a Band?

Add a Band was founded and set up in 2018 by father and son, Tim and Clovis Phillips.

Clovis Phillips is an experienced multi-instrumentalist in many different genres, and provides the guitars, bass, mandolin and drums for Add a Band, as well as the engineering, mixing and coffee making.

Brought up performing in a children's folk group and his parents' ceilidh band but listening to the Beatles and Nirvana, Clovis is used to playing in a huge range of styles.

He is currently a member of Jeb Loy Nichols & the Westwood All-Stars (current album out on Compass), as well as UK zydeco's Joe Le Taxi, a duo with jazz and folk harpist Harriet Earis, 'Celticana' outfit the Poobahs and the indie-funk Sean Gaffney Band. Catch him this summer (2019) touring with Jeb Loy Nichols, the Beth Prior Collective and Corey Ledet (USA). He has also played, toured or recorded with a wide range of artists and bands including Nashville country legend Gail Davies, watermelon serenader Jerry deCicca (Texas, USA), Courtney Granger (USA), Louisiana zydeco's Jeffrey Broussard and Wayne Singleton (USA), UK cajun's Flatville Aces, singer Dai Robs, function band Chop Shop, blues guitarist Wayne Martin and Welsh reggae band Parti Gungrog. He has released two solo EPs and has previously been a tutor for the Rock Project.

Clovis has a first class degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University, and a Masters in Popular Music Research from Goldsmiths College, London.

Tim Phillips, Add A Band, violin maker

Tim Phillips is a violin maker especially renowned in folk circles, with his instruments played by Eliza Carthy, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Nancy Kerr, Sharon Shannon, Ian Telfer (Oysterband) and Ciaran Algar, among hundreds of others.

He is nearing his 500th violin, at which point he will retire to play golf, and try to convince everyone he can that he should play trumpet on their song (useful tip: he shouldn't).

Tim is also a musician and spent many years playing in ceilidh bands, and produced the Tri-Folk series of folk learn-to-playalong CDs..

...where is Add a Band?

Add a Band's purpose built recording facility is based near Newtown, in the picturesque countryside of Powys, Mid Wales with easy access to Shropshire and the borders, under 2 hours' drive from Birmingham and Liverpool.

You can reach us by car, or train to Newtown (direct from Birmingham via Shrewsbury). Further info will be provided after you've booked your session.

Predicted journey times by car:

Bishops Castle: 25 mins
Shrewsbury: 45 mins
Aberystwyth: 45 mins
Hay-on-Wye: 1hr 20
Birmingham: 1hr 40
Liverpool: 1hr 50
Manchester: 2hrs 10 mins

However, if you are emailing your part directly, it is of course not essential to visit us.

Contact us via the get in touch page