THE DINGLE Record Shop on Green Street, might be one of the smallest record shops you could find anywhere in the world but it reached a gigantic milestone in last week as it celebrated the one millionth visitor to its website.
The record shop, which has long promoted local, Irish and independent artists, began publishing podcasts of sessions recorded in the shop on its website DingleRecordShop.com back in September 2010. Since then the website and podcasts (SessionsFromTheShop.com) has gained an army of regular listeners around the globe and last week the shop celebrated its one millionth hit on its website just in time to celebrate the third anniversary of the podcast series' launch.
"A long time ago we took part in the Pan Celtic Festival; Alan Stiffel won it and we came second," singer/songwriter, musician and artist Mazz O'Flaherty of the Dingle Record Shop told The Kerryman following the announcement.
"Even though we only had a few words of French and he had only a few words of English we managed to bring him to Dingle to play. When the Pan Celtic came to Dingle a few years ago I just thought, given that the shop is still here and given all the musicians who have passed through here, that I would make my own contribution," Mazz explained. "So I called a few musicians and said we'll arrange a session and we'll do it in the record shop, lasmuigh don doras. It was a Sunday and we were freezing."
"The music was flying that's how the idea came to me; I was outside the door and I thought, maybe I should record a few sessions and that's kind of how it happened."
With the help of some technically minded family and friends SessionsFromTheShop.com (also available at DingleRecordShop.com/podcast) came into being and since its inception a multitude of musicians, performers and singers have graced the shop's door with each session recorded as a podcast which is free to download and listen to online.
Among the performers are Sean Keane, Dolores Keane, Mark Geary, Dervish, Andy Irvine, John Browne, The Lost Brothers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, the late Con Durham, Mick Hanly and Lumiere, the very latest being John Spillane.
"The ethos of Dingle Record Shop is to promote songs and music of local and independent musicians to a worldwide audience through our sessions from the shop," Mazz added.