A record performance

Record Store Day official cartoon by James Whitworth
Record Store Day official cartoon by James Whitworth

Sheffield ukulele band The Everly Pregnant Brothers have sold out performances at the City Hall and Lyceum Theatre. At the last Tramlines Festival, they entertained crowds from the roof of the Fat Cat pub.

Here’s another addition to their CV - serenading the queue outside Record Collector in Broomhill on Saturday.

James Whitworth

James Whitworth

They will be showing their support for the seventh World Record Store Day, which highlights the value of independent outlets, especially in the face of internet and supermarket competition.

The Fulwood Road shop, run by Barry Everard since 1978, has stood solidly as an outpost catering for eclectic musical tastes.

It will be among shops across the country where bands will perform to demonstrate their backing for keeping music available on the high street.

The Everly Pregnant Brothers are due to pop up at around 10am. Another Sheffield band, The Wild Sons Of Gentlemen, are due about 11am, London band Elephants and Castles at noon, and highly-touted Doncaster duo Rita Payne at 1pm.

For the one day, over 700 different limited edition and collectable titles will be available on vinyl records, including artists such as Richard Hawley, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. Last year, by the 8am opening, a queue of hundreds had gathered in Broomhill, some from as far afield as Leicester and Grimsby.

There’s another spin-off this year. Record Collector will host an exhibition of cartoons by Sheffield-based James Whitworth, whose work appears in The Star and Private Eye.

The six cartoons celebrate the Sheffield music scene and feature the likes of Richard Hawley, Martin Simpson, Reverend and the Makers, Record Collector itself and independent record stores in general.

One of the cartoons has been chosen to represent all record shops in the UK on the official Record Store Day 2014 poster.

“I wanted to celebrate the importance of the independent store as well as Yorkshire’s musical landscape,” said James, son of the late Sheffield cartoonist Ralph Whitworth.

“I have been a customer of Record Collector since 1981 when I bought a Bow Wow Wow single and a Simon and Garfunkel album - nothing if not eclectic - and continue to be a loyal supporter of the shop, much to the detriment of my bank account.”

Record Collector has featured in numerous lists of top record shops. It was chosen by Graham Jones, author of “Last Shop Standing”, as one of the top five in the UK.

Long-term customer and supporter Jarvis Cocker picked the shop as the location for a ten minute interview with Channel 4 News, broadcast live from the shop on Record Store Day, and Richard Hawley and Martin Simpson organised a surprise gig to celebrate Record Collector’s 33 1/3 anniversary.