Friday, 28 February 2020

Connahs Quay Record Fair

Ready to go in the morning (sat.29th Feb)...join us for our first RECORD FAIR of the year!!!
Please note as previously mentioned our shop will not be open on FAIR day but back to usual hours Wednesday.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Record Fair this Saturday 29th Feb.

Our first Record Fair of the year is this coming Saturday 29th February at CONNAHS QUAY Civic Hall. FREE ENTRY with over 30 stalls,onsite cafe,cheap car park adjacent to venue, easily reached by rail with train station in Shotton just a short walk away.
The Fair runs from 10am till 4pm, let the crate digging commence.
* please note our Record shop will be closed on the 29th but usual hours throughout this week.

Saturday, 15 February 2020


Our good friends HEARTBEAT WUNDERBAR have now been added to our live music line up for Record Store Day on Saturday 18th April. A band of energy,passion,melodies and driving beats. They join Alison Cotton and The Fellowship of  the Hallucinatory Voyagers who ate already booked for the day...should be great.

Sunday, 9 February 2020


RECAP  - On a mission for 2020 to re-visit 12 locations/shops/stores where i purchased vinyl but no longer exist as a record shop,seemed like an interesting exercise to do to mark 50 years of personal collecting, obviously tinged with some sadness as i will be be visiting shops that now exist as something else.There will no particular order or preference and not chronilogical in terms of vinyl release dates.As previously mentioned it maybe of no interest to anyone else (or it maybe), but i am really enjoying the step back in time.

GRAVY TRAIN - 61 Mill Lane, Liscard,Wallasey
This was a small shop with some great stock on the edge of the town, going back in time this was one of the many interesting record shops to visit on the Wirral.
Eno-Another Green World (1975), already owning his first two albums this 3rd outing saw a shift to something different, less rock and more ambient and was for me my favourite of the three. From dropping the 'needle' track 1 side 1 'Sky Saw' i was hooked.'Another Green World' also features contributions from John Cale,Robert,Fripp,Paul Rudolph.Hard to believe its nearly 45 years old,the following Ambient Eno albums
would set the bar for this genre....


In catch up mode as this was posted out on Facebook last Month, we will post out this and Februarys immediately to get us back on track.

VIRGIN RECORD SHOP- 90 Bold Street, Liverpool.
This was only the 2nd Virgin shop in the UK back in the early 70s, so different from later stores.Floor cushions,dim lighting,strange intoxicating smells, a teenager this was cool place to be.
Faust-The Faust Tapes (1973) was my introduction to Krautrock, the mesmerising artwork kept me transfixed all the way home on the train. This mighty Germanic mash up, was an eye opener...still up there with my favourite albums of all time. Caught them live at the Stadium,Liverpool the year after,sure it involved a pneumatic drill and a slab of concrete .


For those who dont use Facebook we are now going to post out these nostalgia trips here as well.
With the dawn of a new decade came the sudden realisation that it is 50 years since my first vinyl buy back in the Summer of 1970,Where did half a century go! Anyway this got me to thinking of a mission for the coming year - revisting some of the locations of
record shops where i purchased my original LP, the only thing is the shops i will be visiting no longer exist as a record shop.Sounds abit crazy, must be an age thing but the nostalgia kicked in and seemed like a fun thing to do to mark 50 years and is already proving to be a very
interesting and enjoyable task.Despite the demise of these Record shops they were all very important to shaping of my personal record collection and though no longer present in a physical form they are engraved in my memory, just a quick glance in and the reimagination of the racks, counter and staff at the time becomes a clear image, their existance is very much appreciated. There will no particular order or preference and not chronilogical in terms of vinyl release dates. It of course maybe of no interest to anyone else (or it maybe), but if you have any memories of any on the list feel free to comment. Aiming on posting out pics/details about 12 in 2020.
First TRIP to follow soon

Thursday, 6 February 2020


In addition to the excellent cosmic / trippy Sendelica side project THE FELLOWSHIP OF HALLUCINATORY VOYAGERS, we are over the moon to let you know about ALISON COTTON who will be performing on the day....

Alison Cotton will be travelling to Mold to play for us on Record Store Day at the Daniel
Owen Community Centre on Saturday 18th April , this should be something really special.
Alison is an accomplished classically trained viola player based in London. In addition to her recent solo work, she is one half of The Left Outsides and has spent the last two decades performing in bands and contributing her viola playing to many contemporary drone, folk and experimental records.As well as the viola, she uses an array of other instruments (her voice, harmonium, percussion, recorder, Omnichord, shruti box and piano) to create long, haunting
instrumental pieces. Many of her compositions are created for, and named after spaces, whether real or fictional. In 2017, she composed and performed the soundtrack to artist Jessye Curtis’ film, ’36 Dramatic Situations’. Last year, Alison was commissioned by BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe to create a soundtrack to the Muriel Spark ghost story ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’.
*We will post out information soon on how you can see Alison plus The Fellowship of the Hallucinatory Voyagers for FREE on the day, there will be limited spaces due to the size of the venue so be sure to let us know if you wish to be there once full details are released.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Countdown to our first Record Fair of 2020

Just under 4 weeks to go until our first Record Fair of the year and we cant wait!
We kick off , as is now tradition, at Connahs Quay Civic Hall on Saturday 29th February. So much interest from dealers so expect full house over over 30 stalls on the day. We continue to provide FREE ENTRY to all our events for 2020. There will also be a lunchtime cafe onsite, nearby parking adjacent to the venue and Train station a short walk away.
This is just one of the Fairs we have planned this year across 6 venues, for more information visit our Website RECORD FAIRS page where you will find all you need .