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Musician Frank helps restock Oxfam store after records theft
HE IS best known for his successful brand of catchy political folk pop.
Now Hampshire singer-songwriter Frank Turner has shown his generous side by donating records and merchandise to Oxfam Music Southampton weeks after it was targeted by thieves.
Turner, who hails from Meonstoke in the Meon Valley, sent over a selection of his back catalogue, including new album Tape Deck Heart, a signed vinyl copy of Sleep for the Week, Poetry of the Dead, and England Keep my Bones.
The store was also sent albums from band Fighting Fiction, and an extensive amount of Turner’s merchandise, including posters, a scarf, T-shirts, wrist bands, and stickers from his Xtra Mile Recordings label.
As reported, the store launched a Daily Echo-backed campaign for donations after callous thieves fled with thousands of pounds worth of records, cash, and computers.
It led to people donating records in their droves as music fans in the city gave their resounding backing to getting the store back on its feet.
A benefit gig, featuring some of the city’s talented musicians and artists, was held at The Joiners in St Mary Street, with proceeds and record donations going straight to the store.
Turner’s backing is the latest endorsement from musicians from the area.
Last week Alt-J, whose guitarist Joe Newman hails from Southampton and is a former Cantell School pupil, donated a haul of records and CDs to the store to help its drive for donations.
Rob Holt, from Oxfam Music Southampton, thanked Frank Turner for his generosity.
He said: “When someone well known like that donates stuff it is going to get that many more people coming in and donating, which is amazing.
“It’s nice to have positive things happening.
“We have had so much stuff come in since the break-in and we are still getting stuff now.”
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