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Musicians dig up forgotten tracks in an Oxfam music shop

19th Jan 2018

Belle and Sebastian band members Richard and Chris browse vinyl in an Oxfam shop

Belle and Sebastian have dug out and played their favourite vinyl discoveries on a recent shopping trip to their local Oxfam shop.

You can watch the film here.

In the Oxfam Byres Road music shop in Glasgow, Belle and Sebastian's Richard and Chris say they have been regular customers and donors to the store for years. Chris was on the lookout for 7" singles to play at his regular DJ night, as his collection is currently in storage due to lack of space in his flat.

He said: "I need to think about downsizing my collection a bit, so Oxfam may well be the beneficiary, again!"  

Richard rummaged through the records to find vinyl for his son, having recently bought him a record player. Admitting that he had to explain to him that records weren't downloadable, he said: "You get some amazing records here."

"And the money all goes to fighting poverty," Chris added.

The widely acclaimed indie band join the likes of Loyle Carner, Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Rob Da Bank, who have been filmed trawling Oxfam's record shelves as part of Oxfam Vinyl Players video series.

Oxfam has six specialist music shops, 40 bookshops boasting generous music departments and over 500 of its stores selling second hand music. The money from Oxfam's record sales goes towards its work fighting poverty in the UK and all over the world, but the charity is in urgent need of vinyl donations to keep up with increasing demand. Oxfam is urging the public to have a new years clear out and take their unwanted records to their local Oxfam shop.

£10 spent at an Oxfam shop could buy safe clean water for 10 people in an emergency.

You can watch the Oxfam Vinyl Players series here.

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For more information please contact Dominique Lyons, PR Officer  at Oxfam GB: dlyons1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7909 002 815

Jpegs of the video stills can be downloaded here.

Notes to Editors:

  • Oxfam was the first UK charity to open specialist music shops - the first one was launched in Edinburgh in February 2001. 
  • There are now six Oxfam Music shops, stretching from Scotland to the south coast of England (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Reading, Southampton, Exeter, London Ealing) and around 40 bookshops with big music departments. 
  • 535 Oxfam shops sell music. 400 shops sell vinyl, around 145 shops are responsible for 80% of vinyl sales.
  • The proceeds of sales from Oxfam's Online Shop and high street shops support the charity's work to end the injustice of extreme poverty around the world. £10 spent at an Oxfam shop could buy safe clean water for 10 people in an emergency.
  • In 2017 Four Tet, whose mum volunteers in an Oxfam shop, donated the first 1000 copies of his new album (500 CDs and 500 vinyl) 'New Energy' https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/sourced-by-oxfam/music/four-tet-new-energy-cd-hn501938 
  • Oxfam Online Shop sold nearly 13,000 of music items, worth £129,590 of sales in 2017, which is 46% more than the previous year. Of these items, 69% was vinyl, 25% CDs and the remainder includes sheet music and instruments. 
  • Oxfam shops are calling on the generous British public to donate their unwanted music items. Currently they aren't getting enough donations in to meet the demand from customers. 
  • The largest single vinyl donation was of 4,000 records to an Oxfam shop in Devon in 2008.

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