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Nashville, TN (October 22, 2007) - Compass Records Group is excited to announce the purchase of Tayberry Music, an internet and mail order business specializing in hard to find Celtic and folk CDs, DVDs, sheet music and books. Founded in 1987 by Margaret Tice and her son Frank Tice, Tayberry Music has sourced thousands of copies of eclectic Celtic music and English folk music to a discerning audience for over 20 years, and at one time was the main source of CDs for listeners of NPR’s “Thistle & Shamrock”.

Tayberry Music founder Margaret Tice said about the sale, “I was very pleased when Garry contacted me because we had been looking for someone to take on this business. I know that it’s time for me to pass it on and I can’t think of a better home for Tayberry other than Compass Records.  And I’ve told my customers that this is a happy arrangement for us and we expect the people at Compass will serve them well.”

Compass co-founder Garry West comments: “Celtic music is a highly specialized, niche genre, with a dedicated but discerning upper-demographic customer base.  Tayberry has served these customers extremely well for many years and this acquisition gives us a fantastic additional outlet through which to reach the consumer. This is a tailor-made fit for us given our presence in the Celtic music genre.”

Compass Records Group, co-founded by Garry West and Alison Brown and including Compass Records and Green Linnet, has the largest catalog of front line Celtic music in the world. After purchasing the physical distribution rights of the Green Linnet Records catalog in 2006, the Compass Records Group is now home to many of the biggest names in Celtic music including Lúnasa, Solas, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll and John Doyle.

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