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176. Donald Strachan

February 6th, 2011  |  Published in Backers

I was keen to help fund this project due to my lifelong love of all genres of music. I spent many wonderful hours working in record shops (Stirling and Edinburgh) during the 1970’s and have always enjoyed spending hours browsing racks even if these are now more likely to contain CDs. Since retiring from teaching I have been supporting a couple of ex-students who have battled on to establish a community internet radio station in Berwickshire

This has led to me present a monthly show where I review (mainly) local events of the month gone by and link these to a showcase of eclectic tracks – in the months ahead I look forward to including more new and unsigned acts. Long may the independent spirit – be it non-corporate music shops or non-syndicated radio – continue to inspire a love of music.

The first and last records I bought:
First: 1969 – Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – ‘Soundtrack’ – third album release on John Peel’s Dandelion label.
Last: 2010 – Theoretical Girl – ‘Divided’ – special release of 250 to mark the first anniversary of original CD release – on Scottish label Soft Power Vinyl.

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Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

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High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.