THE respected independent Irish record store Wingnut is to open a branch in Limerick.
The Galway based store has an outlet in Waterford and is now set to expand into Limerick, opening in Moviedrome on Henry Street next week.
The news has been greeted with excitement in the local music scene as, Beats Working on Fox’s Bow aside - who concentrate more on the dance and electronic market - the city does not have a specialised outlet that sells Irish independent records.
Set up in Galway by Ray Cuddihy, Wingnut are an independent record retailer and distributor who use a “shop-share” model with existing independent businesses to offset the devastating effects of the recession on record shops and make their business viable.
Paul Flynn, who runs Moviedrome - now entering their 17th year in business - said he was “delighted” to welcome Wingnut into his store.
“I am delighted to have this in the shop and we have already had people in looking for stuff,” said Paul.
“There will be about 200 items, all Irish. It is going to be a stand of all Irish vinyl, tape and CD. Anything that is self-produced and self-released.
“One of my customers suggested it to me and I said no problem, I think it will help with extra footfall through the door, and a lot of these guys will be pleasantly surprised about everything else we do here,” he added.
Ciarán Ryan, an independent radio producer based in Limerick who also runs Out On A Limb - home to Windings and other local acts - says Wingnut setting up shop here is “brilliant news”.
“On a personal level I am happy that I can go and buy records and go into Moviedrome at the same time, but from a label perspective it is great,” he said.
“It is good to have a place that is specialising in Irish independent releases. Everyone talks about the death of record stores but in this regard it is different, it is almost like a rebirth,” he added.