Since his teens growing up in Co. Cork, Ireland, Ray Wingnut has been an avid fan of all types of contemporary music, especially music made by artists from his native Ireland. Consequently Ray Wingnut's destiny seemed set from the beginning - that he would end up working, in some capacity, with Irish-made music. However in what capacity precisely was the mystery. Five years ago that mystery was solved when the Galway based music fan was making one of his regular crate digging visits to his favorite hometown independent music store - Bell, Book, and Candle in the heart of the historic city where, along with selling books and candles, since the early 90's owner Paul Deacy has been selling albums and CDs with a focus on releases from the neighboring, musically rich West Of Ireland.
Ray recalls how he was hanging out, talking music and the failing music retail business - something that took a double wallop in Ireland where the financial crisis around the world was felt twice as severely in the post Celtic Tiger, economic collapse of the Emerald Isle. But while others saw despair, the innovative mind of Wingnut saw opportunity; an opportunity to push homegrown Irish music at a retail level - at a time when music shops around the country were closing at an even more rapid rate than their counterparts in the States or even over in nearby England.