A Llanelli music store is set to close after more than 15 years of trading in the town. Cadno Music Cymru in John Street has attracted famous faces as well as regular customers through its doors. The store is closing permanently at the end of July, once its retirement sale is over.
Alun Rees, 65, of Loughor, owner of Cadno Music, said: “I feel both worried and impatient. I’ve been there for about 15 years, it’s the love of a lifetime. There were some very funny moments. We opened in January 2007 and had a small place in Stepney Place and in August 2008 we moved to John Street where we are now. We wanted to have a music school and it’s a very successful music school and we’re looking for someone to buy it.”
He added: “We have interested parties at music school but not necessarily at the store. We’ve done a lot of gigs with young local bands over the years – we’ve done a Llanelli Battle of the Bands. The last day for the store is July 31, hope school will continue after that.
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News of the closure was greeted with sadness by local musicians and music lovers – saying they were sad to see yet another music store bite the dust.
Swansea guitarist Tom Evans said: “It’s really emotional to see him go. There were quite a few music shops in South Wales – there are hardly any left. They are a lifesaver for musicians because as places to buy gear you could meet other musicians and they were a key part of the local music scene.
“Cadno Music was one of those great places because you could play a few chords and come away discovering a new band or meeting someone to play with. The guy who ran the shop was amazingly helpful. ‘just don’t get the same kind of equipment shopping experience online.’
Alun, who began his professional career at 16 at Duport Steel as an apprentice electrician, following its closure in 1980 followed his passion for music and became a guitarist. He said: “Trading was extremely good when I started but with the internet and the pandemic it has eaten away at the business. Many people tend to buy online rather than going to their commercial music store, leading to many closing down.
“When I started, there were a lot more stores than today. There used to be in Swansea, they closed in Haverfordwest.
Alun added, “In 2007 we had Kerry Kelli who was on tour in Alice Cooper who came and did a workshop for us. They took us to college and he played School’s Out, it’s on YouTube now. Nige Rockett of heavy metal band Onslaught and Stuart Cable of Stereophonics also appeared.
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Alun, from North Gower and married to Michele, 61, said his son Jonathan, 28, and daughter Neesha, 32, had their own careers and were unable to support the store.
“I have a recording studio at home, I have ideas of what I’ve wanted to do over the years,” he said. “Obviously I also do a lot of photography – I have things to do after I retire. We have a grandson and I want to take him to rugby and football.