Mark Remes of A Remus Sound, 177a Barton Street, introduces his music shop.
An experienced musician himself, the interview begins with Mark playing one of the many acoustic guitars sold in his shop. As well as guitars, Mark sells many other stringed instruments including mandolins, ukeleles, banjos and ouds (a pear-shaped acoustic stringed instrument used in North African and Middle Eastern music).
In his time, Mark has even had famous musicians such as Rick Astley and Jet Harris visit his shop.
Mark goes on to tell us about the history of the building, the various businesses that it has housed, and the house next door that used to be a cake shop.
Finally, he reflects on how the area has changed in the years that they have traded on Barton Street. When they started the shop there 22 years ago, he says, the street was “a hive of activity”, but around 1989 a lot of the traders moved away to Bristol Road, hence why there are “now there are a lot more houses”.