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A fully-equipped recording studio and rehearsal space in a quiet location two minutes from the centre of Totnes. Backed by the expertise of an experienced sound engineer, videographer, musician and performer. Services include: 


  • Advice, support and mentoring for inexperienced musicians

  • Professional recording 

  • Performance opportunities

  • A dedicated space for solo artists, bands and spoken word performers


Straw Hat Studios is committed to continually investing to improve the space. Recent developments include:

  • Creating the Lantern Box Stage – one of the Totnes Festival’s most intimate venues

  • Fibre optic broadband for live streaming

  • Wireless PA and recording system.


Contact us for more information or to book your studio slot.


“Straw Hat Studios is a very special place, run by a very special individual. Wholeheartedly recommended.”

Jamie Gould, Long For The Coast

What We Offer 



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Straw Hat Studios is situated in South Street, where the town wall divides the road. We offer:


  • Centrally-located, acoustically-treated studio with nearby town centre car parks

  • Ready-to-use space that is well-equipped with PA and instruments

  • Affordable pricing, for ad hoc or regular use

  • PA with FX processing 

  • SM58 Mics, Mic stands and XLR cables 


Audio Recording 

A fully-equipped recording studio with separate studio and control room housing a 32-channel digital mixing desk with state-of-the-art software and high quality microphones. Plus, wireless digital PA and recording system that enables the recording of live performances which can be mixed later in the studio.


Filming & Recording 

  • Studio videos 

  • Location videos 

  • Specialist videos 

  • Live-streaming


Instruments available for hire: 

  • Drums 

  • Electric Guitar 

  • Bass Guitar

  • Roland Piano

  • Acoustic Guitar 

  • Cahon 


Other facilities 

  • Fibre optic broadband

  • Toilet 

  • Tea and coffee making facilities

  • Studio lighting 


Please note

We do not have amplifiers or provide drumsticks as most musicians prefer to bring their own equipment.


Adrian Birtwell is an experienced singer-songwriter and performer. He created Straw Hat Studios to give artists like him a place to rehearse, record and refine their talents in the heart of Totnes. Uniquely, Adrian brings his skills as a former mentor for business start-ups to the Straw Hat Studios offer. This means, for less experienced artists, he can act as an adviser, coach and mentor… helping them to move from novice to accomplished performer with his characteristic blend of encouragement, warmth and gentle humour. Alongside providing a place to rehearse and record, Adrian can help you to become performance-ready, as well as creating opportunities for you to perform in front of a live audience.


He works with singers, bands, musicians and spoken word performers. Adrian is particularly keen to encourage young talent and innovators and invites you to contact him to discuss your performance ideas.

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Mathew Rochford ,
Abrasive Trees 

"Adrian’s studio is a great place to rehearse and he’s a top bloke!”

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Jamies Gold,
Long for the Coast 

“Straw Hat Studios has been the perfect place for me to write and practice my set this year. It’s an excellent studio with a really cosy feel, an environment that has helped me to take my songwriting and performing to the next level. Adrian Birtwell is the force of nature who has created the space from scratch. He really does have a heart of gold and has been extremely kind and supportive to me and my friends, always interested in what I’m up to. He’s even picked me up on multiple occasions when I’ve needed a lift with heavy gear.”

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Josie Bannon 

"I recorded one of my songs at straw hat studio. It was an enjoyable experience, Adrien has created a great space for the studio which catputures a lovely sound. Adrian himself is very patient with the process of recording and has lots of good ideas to feed the creative process. I would definitely recommend the studio to anyone looking to record their music." 


We'd love to hear from you


Studio G The Lion Brewery 

South Street 

Totnes TQ9 5DZ

Please Text   07785 391006

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