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Outlet Records Going Under

belfast 07 Feb 05 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,abtruse 06 Feb 05 - 02:19 PM
Amos 12 Mar 04 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,Ballyholme 12 Mar 04 - 04:15 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 12 Mar 04 - 04:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Outlet Records Going Under
From: belfast
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 10:48 AM

Rumours of the impending demise of Outlet seem to have been premature. You can order some of there stuff here Sounds Irish


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Subject: RE: Outlet Records Going Under
From: GUEST,abtruse
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 02:19 PM

hi, i know this thread is really old.. but i was wondering if anyone would know the chances of getting a copy of a cd than barnbrack made whilst signed to outlet. Are there still copies of all outlet's cds somewhere or are they all lost due to the liquidation ?


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Subject: RE: Outlet Records Going Under
From: Amos
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 04:17 PM

Seems to be right here.

An excerpt:

AST-ditch legal moves were being made today in an attempt to save the revered Outlet record label from going under.



But it is almost certain that the recording and distribution company set up by Billy McBurney in Belfast's Smithfield nearly 40 years ago will go into voluntary liquidation.



"It has been a torrid last couple of years," said Mr McBurney, the man who helped further the career of Ulster artists like the late David McWilliams of Days of Pearly Spencer fame.



"I take pride in the fact that I gave homebred artists respectability with their own home-based labels Outlet and Homespun, first of all in Smithfield and then at the present studios in Gordon Street behind St Anne's Cathedral.



"But it's over, an era is ending. The record business is a different world today than when I set out as one of the two pioneering studios in Belfast.



"The first studio was at the rear of the old St Mary's Hall in Bank Street before we put up a designer studio in Smithfield and formed Outlet in 1968."



It was a dispute with Ronnie Drew's Dubliners early last year over mastertapes and royalties that led to an out of court settlement in favour of the southern folk group in the region of £900,000 which finally crippled Outlet, which distributes records and CDs all over Ireland and in America.


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Subject: RE: Outlet Records Going Under
From: GUEST,Ballyholme
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 04:15 PM

From the Belfast Telegraph:

LAST-ditch legal moves were being made today in an attempt to save the revered Outlet record label from going under.

But it is almost certain that the recording and distribution company set up by Billy McBurney in Belfast's Smithfield nearly 40 years ago will go into voluntary liquidation.

"It has been a torrid last couple of years," said Mr McBurney, the man who helped further the career of Ulster artists like the late David McWilliams of Days of Pearly Spencer fame.

"I take pride in the fact that I gave homebred artists respectability with their own home-based labels Outlet and Homespun, first of all in Smithfield and then at the present studios in Gordon Street behind St Anne's Cathedral.

"But it's over, an era is ending. The record business is a different world today than when I set out as one of the two pioneering studios in Belfast.

"The first studio was at the rear of the old St Mary's Hall in Bank Street before we put up a designer studio in Smithfield and formed Outlet in 1968."

It was a dispute with Ronnie Drew's Dubliners early last year over mastertapes and royalties that led to an out of court settlement in favour of the southern folk group in the region of £900,000 which finally crippled Outlet, which distributes records and CDs all over Ireland and in America.

Mr McBurney (73), retired from direct control of the company two years ago, making way for his son-in-law Canice McGarry to take charge, but the veteran has been involved in negotiations to find a way out of the present financial problems.

"There have been too many imponderables," he said. "Canice and the staff of 11 will now lose their jobs."

Even the Pope cut a disc for Outlet. His visit to Ireland was recorded by a team of sound men who followed him everywhere.

The LP was masterminded by the late studio engineer Cel Fay who moved to Outlet after playing with Phil Coulter and his Gleemen.

Later His Holiness was presented with a Gold Disc.

Cel reckoned the best Outlet recording was Working for the Government by McWilliams, but the most successful was Barnbrack's Belfast which still sells all over the world.


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Subject: RE: Outlet Records Going Under
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 04:09 PM

Can you do us a blue clickie or paste in the text or something? I'd like to read the story but the site (at least on that link) just tells me it "cannot be retrieved". Really sorry to hear the news -


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Subject: Outlet Records Going Under
From: GUEST,Ballyholme
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 03:14 PM

Seems like the Belfast record company Outlet might be going under. They recorded many Irish traditional musicians including Sean Maguire and the late Tom McHale. Read the story at

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=500539


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