Rush was on for vinyl at Plymouth Guildhall fair
THE Westcountry Record Fair returned to Plymouth and proved, once again, the city is a hotbed for music fans.
Whatever the genre, from punk to funk, soul to psychedelia, there was someone in the Lower Guildhall seeking it and someone else selling it.
Paul McNamara, from Devonport, was seeking rare and collectible Northern Soul, and found it at the Reborn Records stall, which specialises in a range of classic musical styles including forgotten 1960s greats, some brought back from the USA by business boss Bill Shannon.
"I've been collecting for 25 years," said Mr McNamara, who explores his interest in Northern Soul on his website Torpoint Soul. "I used to be a DJ, all over the country and in Germany, but I just collect now. I've even been to Los Angeles to get rare records.
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"Vinyl gets under your skin," he said. "I used to have thousands of records. I've only got about 200 now, but they're all rare. There are records I'll never sell.
"Today I'm looking for stuff to buy and sell on, stuff that I had before and now want back, and stuff I can trade with people. And I'm also looking for bits for someone else who has given me a list of records he wants."
Mr Shannon, who travels to Plymouth from Dorset for the fairs, said: "I'm known for soul and funk because it's my first love, but it's not all I do. I've also been to the USA looking for records. I went all over the States in the 1980s."
Robin Ash, of Plymouth's Beatnik Bay rare books and records business, wasn't exhibiting this time, but couldn't stay away.
"I'm just here to look around," he said. "I've always got half an eye open, and I'm just looking for something that interests me."
Johnnie Griffiths, who runs Devon's Handsome Dick's Records, brought his usual mix of ultra-rare discs and unusual collectibles.
"I have a UFO album on the Beacon label which is quite nice; that's £120," he said.
Mr Griffiths said such early 1970s prog rock waxings were attracting a lot of interest, from older fans and a new generation.
"There are people that bought it first time around and are starting to get back into it and have a bit of disposable income," he said.
"And there is a lot of indie today which is heavier than what we used to call indie, more like prog, maybe not as experimental, but with that heavy sound.
"Some of the kids are ingesting that heavy sound and maybe then enjoying the older stuff. They are buying the vinyl and listening to it."
The fair also raises cash for St Luke's Hospice, with fair organiser Matt Taylor manning a stall from which all the proceeds go to the Plymouth charity.
"The charity stuff has been going berserk as always," he said. "And, generally, there are interesting bits and bobs here.
"There was a huge rush of people first thing, even a queue right up the stairs. But then, first thing is when the stock is fullest."
The Westcountry Record Fair is due to visit Plymouth again in June, with further stops pencilled in for September and November this year.