FRAME-ESQUE FAMILY TREE (pdf)
This site is a record of the sadly now defunct RCE Records label, and its constituent halves: Recordiau Clustcwyr (1974-2006) and Earwax Records (2001-6). Alas, the recordings listed are no-longer commercially available; a tragedy of market forces.
Clustcwyr were founded by Dafydd Morgan in 1974. Based in a barn in
the university town of Lampeter, Wales, they gained a reputation for their
punk output in the late '70s, chic pop-rock in the '80s, sophisticated
grunge-rock in the '90s, and in the '00s progressive folk acts such as
Llefrith and Rhonwen Stephens.
Without the guiding hands of its former owners, Dafydd Morgan and Gorwel Edwards, and with the rise of home production, Clustcwyr's artist-base and releases dried up. A lack of financial support for the experimental Earwax would prove to be an equally fatal treatment, and RCE Records were wound down in March 2006.
The Clustcwyr barn, which remained the property of Morgan until his death in 2004, is now owned by John Craven and Helena Jones, but no details have emerged as to its future. The Science Department studios of Earwax are now sadly derelict, and the musical community it housed have been forced to disperse.
This was a small and insular label, almost to the point of incest, and irritatingly all too few records emerge on the market. But we hope you find the information on this site informative, and wish you all the best should you endeavour to seek out any works in the racks of second hand record shops.