This is Omri at Folkies Music, the instrument shop he runs in Kilburn. It's a wonderful place, stuffed full of instruments; it's a repair shop too and sells some second-hand vinyl (not mainly folk, in spite of the shop's name, and very much of my era).
I came across it by chance. One of those serendipitous discoveries that come with walking round London.
Folkies dates back to 2008. It's close to Kilburn tube station, where Kilburn High Road becomes the splendidly named Shoot Up Hill. There's building work underway, but I'm told that the shop's future here is not in doubt (for the moment at least)
The shop developed from the wonderfully named Accordions of London, the signage of which is still prominent - what a throwback to an earlier era!
And the shop - along with its accordions - features prominently in this affectionate film (made by Mark James and dating from 2012) about Kilburn High Road.
There is a real charm and magic about the place - and the instruments make it so entrancing. A bit like fish markets, you can't go wrong visually in a musical instrument shop.
Do, please, take a look! And here's the Folkies site: https://folkiesmusic.co.uk/
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