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.