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May 10, 2021

Waxing lyrical over albums

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Matthew Bowden, aka The Vinyl Junkie, with one of the 30,000 records up for sale at his recent annual record fair at Ewingsdale Hall. Photo Jeff ‘offmyfacebook’ Dawson.

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There’s a whole lotta revival going on over vinyl record albums.

Byron Shire record collector and dealer Matthew Bowden, fresh from a successful record fair at Ewingsdale hall over Easter, says he’s noticed a definite new interest in vinyl records, which were a big part of modern musical culture for decades till CDs took over.

‘Over 500 people turned up at Ewingsdale Hall and I sold quite a few records, I hope it can become a regular event as there’s quite an interest out there,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘I’ve noticed the resurgence in vinyl seems to be growing bigger recently, lots of people are getting into it, not just older people who enjoy the hi-fi quality of vinyl with a good stereo, but it’s good to see younger people also very interested in it,’ he said.

Matt says he’s ‘dedicated to keeping the wonderful joy of vinyl alive in Australia’ and last year he brought over 30,000 records into Australia from his buying trips in the US.

The collection covers just about every genre from pop, soul, funk blues and disco to punk, reggae and rock. He travels thousands of kilometres each year to attend regular record fairs in most Australian capital cities and has a regular stall at Byron Bay market.

Matt’s website Australian Record Fair lists all record fairs in Australia. This week he travels to Sydney for the Glebe Record Fair on April 21.

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