Acoustic Links
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Look under RECORD SHOPS/MAIL ORDER for CD distributors. Click MUSIC SHOPS for instruments, instrument makers and musical accessories.


Big Whistle
Phone/Fax (in UK) 0845 612 5522
Phone (outside UK) +44 (0)1282 771068
Specialist online retailer of tin whistles high and low.

Claddagh Records
2 Cecilia Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone 00 353 1 677 0262
Fax 00 353 1 679 3664

CODA Music
12 Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LN
Phone +44 (0)131-622 7246
Fax +44 (0)131-622 7245
Company with four retail outlets in Scotland and a good website. The Edinburgh shop specialises in Scottish Traditional and Folk Music, Roots and World Music.

Copperplate Mail Order
Alan O'Leary
68, Belleville Road, London, SW11 6PP
Phone/Fax 0207 585 0357
Specialists in Irish Music.

Folk Devils
16 Sandgate, Whitby, YO22 4DD
Phone 01947 825285
Excellent stock of traditional music from around the world on CD, DVD and vinyl plus selection of books, DVDs etc.

Folkwit Records
Small-scale independent label and online sales service promoting UK folk-roots and alt country music. Small startup roster, some links and downloads.

Foot Stompin' Records
17 Redford Drive, Edinburgh, EH13 0BL
Phone 0131 441 3135
Fax 0131 441 3189
Specialists in the ‘bright young stars of Scottish traditional music’.

Irish Music Mail
Excellent online store for Irish music with plenty of extras.

Knotted Cord, The
Cooks Lane, O'Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Phone/fax +353 65 6822152
Real and virtual store for traditional Irish, folk and world music. Secure web shopping and great search engine for Irish sessions and festivals.

Little Pot Stove Records
213 Nursery Road, Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 2QU, UK
Folk CDs and vinyl by mail order or from the shop. Buy/exchange service. Selection of folk links on the site.

The Listening Post
The Living Tradition Magazine's mailorder CD service. Reader offers, good info and reviews on a wide range of folk music.

Music By Mail
PO Box 182, Harrogate, N Yorks, HG2 7XD
Phone 01423 888979
Fax 01423 540970
Folk specialists with huge back catalogue of exclusive releases and vinyl.

Music In Scotland
Excellent Scottish music site dedicated to promoting music and musicians with a Celtic connection eg Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, World, French, Spanish, Gaelic ... Gig dates, secure store, links and more.

Music Scotland
6 Argyll Terrace, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PB, Scotland
Phone 00 1688 302 993
Specialist provider carrying titles from all Scottish record companies and many Irish labels.

Musikfolk Limited
PO Box 181, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RE
Phone +44 (0) 1326 318085
Fax +44 (0) 1326 212512
Specialist provider supplying "virtually any CD currently available through normal distribution channels in the UK and Eire including back issues and new releases".

Rocking Chair Mail Order and Distribution (Mrs Casey Music's Online Store)
PO Box 296, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3 XU
Phone (+44) 01629 827013
Fax (+44) 01629 821874
Folk music specialist mail order.

Roots 2 Music
Shop: 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SG
Phone/Fax 0191 230 2500
Mail order: Butts House, Suite 12A, Design Works, William Street, Felling, Gateshead NE10 0JP
Phone +44 (0)191 423 6256
Fax +44 (0)191 422 9549
Folk roots and blues specialists. Mail order and shop.

Scorpion Records
110 Oxford Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 2DN
Phone 01494 436619
Especially good for second-hand and re-issues. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Stern's Distribution
74 Warren Street, London W1P 5PA
Phone 0207 388 5533
Mail order: Phone 0207 387 5550

Topic Records
50 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EF
Phone 0207 263 1240
Fax 0207 281 5671
Major folk artist label. Mail order.

Veteran Records and Mail Order
44 Old Street, Haughley, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3NX
Phone 01449 673695
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Acoustic Music Company (The)
339 St James's Street, Brighton, BN2 1RG
Phone 01273 671841
Specialists in guitars and mandolins from small manufacturers.

Andy Perkins Traditional Instruments
The Banjo Works, Unit 18, Faversham Industrial Estate, Graveney Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8UJ
Phone 01795 590374/533864
UK's largest selection of new, used and vintage banjos plus mandolin family, ukeleles etc.

Beverley Music Centre
14 Norwood, Beverley, HU17 9EZ
Phone 01482 881584
Fax 01482 867653

Dave Mann Music
123/5 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FQ
Phone 0115 947 6911
Fax 0115 947 3179
Acoustic music outlet, specialising in stringed instruments plus all accessories and lots of folk music books relating to the instruments sold.

Fretted Folk Musical Instruments
Family-run company in the Highlands of Scotland manufacturing handcrafted, high quality string instruments ranging from the mandolin to the mandocello.

Goodacre Pipes
Maker of a unique range of Scottish and English bagpipes.

Hobgoblin Music
9 regional UK shops and 1 in US
Folk music specialist distributors and mail order. Check the website to find a branch near you.

John Marlow Stringed Instruments
Phone 01924 456058
Handcrafted stringed instruments and repairs.
3 East View, Moorside, Cleckheaton, West Yorks, BD19 6LD
Phone 01274 876388
Fax 01274 865208
Traditional music book publishers, suppliers, mail order.

Westfield Villa, Belgrave Mount, Wakefield WF1 3SB
Phone/Fax 01924 361550
Close-miking systems for all acoustic instruments. Used by professionals worldwide.

Music Magic
Musical instrument maker: dulcimers, psaltries, lyres, drums, harps etc. Celebrity customers including Peter Gabriel.

Music Room (The)
Head Office: 35 Bradford Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorks,
BD19 3JN
Phone 01274 879768
Worldwide mail order phone +44 (0)1274 852020
Fax 01274 852280
Britain's centre of excellence for traditional musical instruments. Worldwide mail order. Secure shopping on website. Shops also in Nottingham and Oxford.

Shop: 8 Ladywood Road, Leeds LS8 2QF
Phone 0113 265 8585
Fax 0113 293 3011
Wide range of fine hand-made instruments including guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, citterns, dulcimers, banjos, harps. Custom designs and repairs.

Paul Hathway: Handcrafted musical instruments
Catalogue from: 47 Langley Drive, Wanstead, London E11 2LN (send SAE)
Phone 0208 530 4317
Fax 0208 925 9879
Mandolas, mandolins, octave mandolas, mandocellos, bouzoukis, guitars, citterns, dulcimers.

Personalized Guitar Straps
Embroidered, affordable, cool and professional looking. A unique gift for that special guitar player.

Strings By Mail
Catalogue from: Highly Strung (FR), PO Box 90, Wantage, Oxon OX12 9YT
Phone 01235 762000
Fax 01235 770156
Guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin strings. Best prices for D'Addario, Fender, Martin, Earthwood and many more. Fast, reliable service.

Thomas Buchanan: Handcrafted Folk Instruments
Inverness-based instrument builder of harps, dulcimers, acoustic guitars and hurdy gurdys for musicians all over Scotland and beyond.

Thrift Music
41 Hadleigh Road, Frinton On Sea, Essex CO13 9HQ
Phone 01255 679232. Email
Essex-based specialists in new and used folk instruments. Mail order service.

Tim Phillips Violins
Shop: The Mill, Mochdre, Newtown, Powys SY16 4JL
Phone 01686 624536
Maker of unique and original stringed instruments (Infidels, Revolins, 5 String Instruments, Octave Violins etc) as played by many folk including Eliza Carthy.

Turner Violins
1 Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA
Phone 0121 772 7708
1-5 Lily Grove, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1QL
Phone 0115 943 0333
39 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BT
Phone 0113 244 6133
Violins, violas, cellos, double basses, bows - probably the largest selection of fine folk fiddles in Europe.

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