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Record Shopping in Scotland

GUEST,Ed Silberman 01 May 14 - 07:07 PM
Megan L 02 May 14 - 02:35 AM
GUEST,kenny 02 May 14 - 04:45 AM
Megan L 02 May 14 - 05:14 AM
Megan L 04 May 14 - 04:09 AM
Jack Campin 04 May 14 - 06:08 AM
GUEST,Calum 04 May 14 - 04:41 PM
GUEST,Jim I 04 May 14 - 05:14 PM
Jack Campin 04 May 14 - 06:02 PM
Big Al Whittle 04 May 14 - 06:28 PM
GUEST,achmelvich 04 May 14 - 08:19 PM
GUEST,Ed Silberman 05 May 14 - 12:05 AM
GUEST 05 May 14 - 12:56 AM
Megan L 05 May 14 - 03:08 AM
Jack Campin 05 May 14 - 04:20 AM
GUEST,Ed Silberman 07 Jun 14 - 01:26 AM
GUEST,kenny 07 Jun 14 - 05:11 AM
Jack Campin 07 Jun 14 - 05:50 AM
akenaton 07 Jun 14 - 08:53 AM
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Subject: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,Ed Silberman
Date: 01 May 14 - 07:07 PM

I'm going to Scotland in June, and I'd like to shop for records while I'm there. Can anyone recommend stores (preferably used)with good folk music sections, cds, lps, and/or 78s? Will be in Edingurgh (more than any where else), Inverness, Portrigh on Skye, and Kirkwall ( i think ) in Orkney. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Megan L
Date: 02 May 14 - 02:35 AM

Ed I cant remember the name but there is a wee record shop tucked away in the corner of the Victorian Market in Inverness. In Kirkwall Grooves on the corner opposite the Hydro electric shop has cd's and lp's I noticed last time I was in though I was in a hurry so couldn't tell you the contents.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 02 May 14 - 04:45 AM

Hi Ed - "Coda" in Edinburgh has a good selection of folk and traditional CDs. It's on "The Mound", I think, but you can get a proper address if you "google " it. As Megan says, there is a shop with a fair selection of CDs in the Victorian market in Inverness. As far as I know ,it's still there. My wife was in Kirkwall 2 days ago and told me the shop there which used to have quite a good selection of stock appeared to be closed, but there may have been a reason for that.
If you're looking specifically for LPs, try some of the many charity shops, "Oxfam" is sometimes quite good, although you could be buying a lot of scratches as well. Make sure you check any discs first.
Best of luck, Kenny


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Megan L
Date: 02 May 14 - 05:14 AM

ah Kenny depending on how long since the previous visit she could have been thinking of kemps which was in bridge street that shop was empty the last day I was in town. Or it could have been the old grooves which was farther along Albert street it is now on the corner just as you turn into bridge street heading towards the harbour. as a side note Kemps like several other shops in Orkney back in the 70's 80's did a bit of this and a bit of that:) it was primarily camping shooting and fishing supplies with a wee bit through the back for music. Another shop like that was on Junction road just across from what is the new bus station it was a grocers called Stewarts but in the back it had a section of Christian and Orkney music.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Megan L
Date: 04 May 14 - 04:09 AM

.Have never been on Skye but a friend mentioned the Skye music shop which is in Portree.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 May 14 - 06:08 AM

You just missed the Gramophone Emporium in St Stephens Street, Edinburgh:

http://www.rare78s.com/about.htm

The best places for second hand recordings in Edinburgh are the Oxfam Music Shop in Raeburn Place, Stockbridge and Vinyl Villains (Elm Row, top of Leith Walk) and Hog's Head (Clerk Street, Newington) - these last two are branches of the same shop. None is a folk specialist but you might get lucky.

The best source in Edinburgh is probably the annual Christian Aid book sale - I got a mountain of world music review copies from that once. But you'll miss it.

http://www.stagw.org.uk/work/christian-aid-sale/
http://www.morningsideunitedchurch.org.uk/news/christian-aid-booksale.html

The St Andrew's and St George's one is bigger, but the Morningside one can be better for audio.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,Calum
Date: 04 May 14 - 04:41 PM

I have never, ever figured out when they're on but there is a market in the Grassmarket occasionally where there is some fantastic second hand vinyl on the go.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,Jim I
Date: 04 May 14 - 05:14 PM

There used to be a good second hand record shop in Elm Row but I haven't been there for a while. Perhaps a resident would have a better idea. Also the OXfam shop on the Bridges, near Causewayside, sometimes has a very good selection; but of course it depends on what comes in. Trouble there is that sometimes they are very expensive. I was keen to get a copy of Leviathan by AL Lloyd a couple of years ago - I won't tell you how much they were charging since this is a family site!


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 May 14 - 06:02 PM

The Elm Row one is Vinyl Villains, which I mentioned. The Oxfam shop you're thinking of is in Nicolson Street - the bookshop next to their general shop. Its stock is nowhere near what it used to be; the Stockbridge one is far better, at least 50 times as much stuff.

Another one: Elvis Shakespeare, a book and record shop halfway down Leith Walk.

There is an ENORMOUS second-hand book and CD shop in Carlisle, across the road from the cathedral. Its CDs are mostly classical, the biggest selection I've seen anywhere.

The Oxfam music shop in Byres Road, Glasgow can be pretty good but their stock turns over fast and fluctuates in volume. There is another second-hand record shop a few minutes walk away in Ruthven Lane.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 04 May 14 - 06:28 PM

what sort of records are you looking for?


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,achmelvich
Date: 04 May 14 - 08:19 PM

coda records on the mound. and they do excellent mail order stuff. i salute their indiepackability


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,Ed Silberman
Date: 05 May 14 - 12:05 AM

Thank you all very much. I'll be checking back for more answers in a few days or so.

Big Al --- i'll be looking for Scottish, Irish, and England traditional music ---- song, and storytelling

All --- please don't assume I've aNy familiarity with Scottish localities. I'm a Yank who's never been closer to Scotland than Boston Massachusetts, USA


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 14 - 12:56 AM

Harmonica records (non blues) will likely get priority.

Oh, traditional dance music, fiddle music, pipe music, etc


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Megan L
Date: 05 May 14 - 03:08 AM

Ed Kirkwall is easy think of it as one long shopping street that runs up from the harbour turns right and heads along past the front of the cathedral, Grooves the record shop is just round that turn. P.S. the road does change names a few times but it is easy to follow.

In Inverness although it has lots of shopping areas - plenty of little side streets to explore - it is easy to find the Victorian market if you think of it as having 2 main shopping streets. One runs up from the river starting near the Columba and Palace hotels where the road turns you enter the shopping precinct at the top is the Eastgate Shopping Centre. The second street for the sake of description starts at Falcon Square - cut down Inglis Street then turn left at the end.

To reach the Victorian market as you have turned left stay on that pavement(sidewalk) cross over Union Street and a little farther down on your left you will see the entrance if I remember rightly when you get to the end of the corridor you enter the square turn right mind you it is small enough you can just enjoy wandering round it.

Hope that helps


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Jack Campin
Date: 05 May 14 - 04:20 AM

There have been very few records of Scottish harmonica, and you are rather unlikely to find anything second hand. Try Sleepytoon Records for new stuff. You should drop in to George Current's session at Sandy Bells in Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon (his website has some historical resources about it), and try to track down Donald Black and Eddie Wallace in Glasgow. Perhaps Bryce Johnstone (in Forfar, I think?) - I haven't seen him for years but I think he's still playing.

Kris Drever from Orkney lives in Edinburgh and will probably be able to give you some useful tips if you can find him. He tours a lot.

The places I mentioned are all near the centre of Edinburgh or near Hillhead tube station in Glasgow. The surprising one for an American to navigate is Leith Walk. It's a road about a mile long, but only the centre of the road is called that. Each block of each side of the street has a different name. Leith Street is the short curved bit at the very top. Elm Row is on the east side near the top.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,Ed Silberman
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 01:26 AM

I am leaving for Scotland in the morning, and taking this list with me.
Thank you very much. maybe i'll bump into at one of these stores.
I'll be at he moothie session at Sandy Belles' on Monday.If you're around there drop by and say hello


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 05:11 AM

Hi Ed - please note that the mouth-organ session is on Sunday pm, not Monday - see Jack Campin's post above. Best of luck with your trip, hope you find plenty of music.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 05:50 AM

George also leads a large mouth organs ONLY group every second Monday, also in Bells. Dunno which Monday it is.

I will be in the Dalriada in Portobello on Sunday afternoon and probably in the Captain's Bar in the city centre on Sunday night.


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Subject: RE: Record Shopping in Scotland
From: akenaton
Date: 07 Jun 14 - 08:53 AM

There's a great wee shop in Glasgow....corner of Gt Western Road and Park Road, the guy who runs it is a fount of knowledge....and its all second hand stuff...very cheap...good condition....Ake


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