Well this is it, the new Cargo Studios web site It’s been a long time coming, unfortunately we’ve had some problems with the guy who used to do it, so I must say a big thank you to Claire Kavanagh at Web Monkeys in Bacup for sorting it all out and doing such a brilliant job. You can contact her on 01706 874045.

Chris Connelly has been an invaluable help with everything and he’s also working on a Cargo discography which should be around next year.



Cargo Studios now has a Facebook page if you’d like to visit and add any comments. Chris has added a section which seems to be proving very popular of “  …on this day in the Cargo studio”. Everyday he adds the name of a group or solo artist who recorded in the studio on this day in say 1980 or any year between 1978 and 1985  also adding links to the group, as a lot of them are still around, and links to You Tube.

I’ve added about another 100 band names to the Bands page, I’m sure there’s still some I’ve missed, if I have please let me know.

Just recently I found the original Year Planners from the studio for years 1981, 1982 & 1983. Fascinating stuff just seeing who came in and when. They are under the Photos section, Chris took some Hi Res photos of them so it’s possible to magnify the image making it easy to read. And talking of photos there are new ones from the Skodas, English Electric  & Local Heroes

There’s a fascinating letter which I received from Dave Stowell in Chicago with a first hand experience story of Martin Hannett. You’ll find that under the letters to Cargo section.

The Change have just released a new 7″ vinyl of a recording they did in Cargo in 1979. It’s called “Where Were You” and you can buy it from Vinyl Revival in Manchester. (0161 661 6393)

I finally got round to sorting out the Blue Plaque day which seems along time ago now, it’s under it’s own section of “the Blue Plaque Day”

The old studio which was derelict for many years has been completely rebuilt and refurbished with new gear which is great to see and is now called Voltalab. Marc Lewis is the guy behind it all, give him a ring. (01706 651722)

Watch out for a programme on Sky Arts TV called ‘Anarchy in Manchester’ which show the original So it goes Granada TV  footage of many of the leading punk bands, John was mobile recording engineer and sound producer of these artists. The programme is a 6 part series commencing on Friday October 3rd at 10.30pm

and lastly, about four years ago I rebuilt Cargo Studios in the refurbished attic of my house primarily to mix my own projects, (as these days I don’t require a huge mixing desk, just a MAC and some speakers). In 2011 I released an album by singer song writer Jim Cemlyn Jones, and late last year a solo album by Jim Milne who used to be in the group Tractor. This year there is an album by Sprouthead Uprising scheduled for release . Sprout Head were a side line band for the Suns of Arqa with Mike Ward who is now known as Wadada. I got hold of the original 24 track and 16 track masters had them transferred to digital and have remixed them all. And I have some tracks lined up with singer/songwriter Clare Lock who has written some amazing stuff.

So it’s still pretty full on, drop me a line if you’d like anything added, and I hope you enjoy this new site