Independent label: Great Western Records appears to have been the label of a firm called Dema Directions, which was based at 18 West Mall Bristol, City of Bristol, BS8 4BQ.  Dema seems to have been one of those companies which offered facilities through which artists could make records to sell to the people at their gigs, though it may also have issued records itself.  Many of its products were recorded at Mushroom Studios, of Clifton, but some were from elsewhere: the Roy Antony EP, 'Roy Antony Sings' (DM-006), was recorded in the West Midlands, at Lee Sound Studios, Pelsall.  Customers varied from Club / Cabaret acts to brass bands and a banjo player. Sadly there were no dates on the labels of Great Western records, The Roy Antony record has the matrix number LYN-4028 in the run-off, which by comparing it with other Lyntones enables us to place the EP between 1976 and 1977.  DM-009 was another Lyntone product; its matrix number, LYN-4810, pins its year of issue down to 1977.  Great Western EPs and LPs shared the same numerical series, which was DM-000 for the first twenty or so records before it gained a '1' at the start of the number (and in at least one case a '15').  Presumably the 'DM' stands for Dema Music, which was the company's publishing arm.  Some records in that series came out on the Firebrand Record label, which again was owned by Dema Directions; it is possible that Firebrand may have been for Dema's own issues and Great Western for custom recordings, the Firebrands seem more marketable than the Great Westerns.  For the sake of interest the discography below contains both LP and 7" releases; as usual, there are many gaps. Distributed By Great Western Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

76 Keith Monk Music Lets Dance GREAT WESTERN DM 001
76 The Ken Lintern Band First Journey (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 002
76 Lee Wilson My Prayer ('When The Twilight Is Gone') GREAT WESTERN DM 003
76 Chantilly Lace Chantilly Lace (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 004
76 Pebble A Gift With Love GREAT WESTERN DM 005
77 Roy Antony  Roy Antony Sings GREAT WESTERN DM 006
77 Twenty Fingers Twenty Fingers In 'C' (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 007
77 Nelson'S Column Real Live Ale Meets-The Big Band-Live! From Only A Pub In Sutton (Album) FIREBRAND DM 008
77 Weather  House At Pooh Corner GREAT WESTERN DM 009
77 BMG Orchestra Showboat Showboat Vol. 1 (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 010
77 North Winds* North Winds In Concert (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 011
78 The Fred Bloggs Band Seaside FIREBRAND DM 012
78 Skywhale The World At Minds End (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 013
78 Price Handbell Ringers Price Ringers (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 014
78 Independent Folk Independent Folk (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 015
78 Not Traced GREAT WESTERN DM 016
78 William J Bell Banjo Highlights (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 017
78 Not Traced GREAT WESTERN DM 018
78 Not Traced GREAT WESTERN DM 019
78 Jo Chambers Every Woman Will Be Free (Album) FIREBRAND DM 1020
79 Superfly Disco Crazy FIREBRAND DM 1021
79 Patches It's So Easy  FIREBRAND DM 1022
79 Chantilly Lace Chantilly Lace (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 1023
80 George Telford When I Fall In Love  FIREBRAND DM 1024
80 The Chalfonts Take Me Home Country Roads FIREBRAND DM 1025
81 Ritchie Brookes Sound The Bird Dance FIREBRAND DM 1026
81 Patchwork Patchwork (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 1027
82 Michael Kidd Somerset (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 1028
82 Bristol Unicorns Youth Marching Band Bristol Fashion (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 1029
83 Dave Arnold What I've Got In Mind FIREBRAND DM 1530
83 Not Traced GREAT WESTERN DM 1031
83 Not Traced GREAT WESTERN DM 1032
83 Bristol Unicorns Youth Marching Band Live (Album) GREAT WESTERN DM 1033
83 Peter Singh Living Doll GREAT WESTERN GWR PS 1


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