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Jimmy Shand - Bluebell Polka
Jimmy Shand - Bluebell Polka
Published: 2013/08/12
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♫ JIMMY SHAND
♫ JIMMY SHAND'S PARTY ♫
Published: 2013/07/04
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Jimmy Shand - Virginia Reel
Jimmy Shand - Virginia Reel
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Gay Gordons
Jimmy Shand - Gay Gordons
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Military Two Step
Jimmy Shand - Military Two Step
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand and His Band - Bluebell Polka (1955)
Jimmy Shand and His Band - Bluebell Polka (1955)
Published: 2011/08/10
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The Alexander Brothers   Jimmy Shand The Legend
The Alexander Brothers Jimmy Shand The Legend
Published: 2013/11/24
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JIMMY SHAND   THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
JIMMY SHAND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
Published: 2013/12/11
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Jimmy Shands Party
Jimmy Shands Party
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: peacefulIrene
Jimmy Shand - The Dark Island
Jimmy Shand - The Dark Island
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: sartanadolf
Jimmy Shand Tribute at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2008
Jimmy Shand Tribute at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2008
Published: 2011/10/03
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White Heather Club   Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue   Westering Home
White Heather Club Jimmy Shand & Bill McCue Westering Home
Published: 2011/07/03
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Jimmy Shand - Strip the Willow
Jimmy Shand - Strip the Willow
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand & His Band - The Call Of The Pipes
Jimmy Shand & His Band - The Call Of The Pipes
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: theflipsidedkid
Jimmy Shand - La-Va
Jimmy Shand - La-Va
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
EIGHTSOME REEL - JIMMY SHAND & HIS BAND
EIGHTSOME REEL - JIMMY SHAND & HIS BAND
Published: 2010/04/21
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78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Irish Jig Selection (1956)
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand & Band - Irish Jig Selection (1956)
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: John Walker
Sir Jimmy Shand Auction - STV News Report
Sir Jimmy Shand Auction - STV News Report
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: Amy Dunsmuir
Rothesay Country Dance - Jimmy Shand and his band - 1951
Rothesay Country Dance - Jimmy Shand and his band - 1951
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: Jan van den Belt
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  Marching With Jimmy Shand
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - Marching With Jimmy Shand
Published: 2015/10/19
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Jimmy Shand - Swedish Masquerade
Jimmy Shand - Swedish Masquerade
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Fiddle Solo
Jimmy Shand - Fiddle Solo
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - St Bernard
Jimmy Shand - St Bernard's Waltz
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Waltz Country Dance
Jimmy Shand - Waltz Country Dance
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand - Golden Wedding Two Step
Jimmy Shand - Golden Wedding Two Step
Published: 2013/08/12
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Jimmy Shand and Phil Cunningham - Bluebell polka
Jimmy Shand and Phil Cunningham - Bluebell polka
Published: 2009/10/23
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Jimmy Shand - The Grand March
Jimmy Shand - The Grand March
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Melodeon Solo
Jimmy Shand - Melodeon Solo
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  Gay Gordons
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - Gay Gordons
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
The Victory Waltz Jimmy Shand
The Victory Waltz Jimmy Shand
Published: 2013/01/23
Channel: peacefulIrene
Jimmy Shand - Pride of Erin Waltz
Jimmy Shand - Pride of Erin Waltz
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
J  Johnstone - A tribute to Jimmy Shand -  Auchtermuchty gala March
J Johnstone - A tribute to Jimmy Shand - Auchtermuchty gala March
Published: 2014/12/28
Channel: Avino
Jimmy Shand - Mississippi Dip
Jimmy Shand - Mississippi Dip
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
The Alexander Brothers "Jimmy Shand The Legend"
The Alexander Brothers "Jimmy Shand The Legend"
Published: 2012/03/08
Channel: TheDonMon17
Jimmy Shand - Duke of Perth
Jimmy Shand - Duke of Perth
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: JimmyShandVEVO
Jimmy Shand - Para Handy [1961]
Jimmy Shand - Para Handy [1961]
Published: 2015/07/26
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78 RPM - Jimmy Shand And His Band - The New Rigged Ship (Jig)
78 RPM - Jimmy Shand And His Band - The New Rigged Ship (Jig)
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: John Walker
The Jimmy Shand Waltz
The Jimmy Shand Waltz
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: MELODEONMAN52
Sir Jimmy Shand & John Macdonald
Sir Jimmy Shand & John Macdonald
Published: 2008/01/28
Channel: John Macdonald
Jimmy Shand - The household brigade - 1953
Jimmy Shand - The household brigade - 1953
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Jan van den Belt
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band -  The Black Dance   Reel
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - The Black Dance Reel
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Grant Stott - That
Grant Stott - That's Fife ft. Jimmy Shand - Forth Awards 2012
Published: 2012/11/12
Channel: Forth 1
Jimmy Shand and His Band - Dancer
Jimmy Shand and His Band - Dancer's Delight EP - The Dashing White Sergeant
Published: 2010/03/27
Channel: DeusIra3
Jimmy Shand And His Scottish Dance Band -  Gaelic Waltz Selection
Jimmy Shand And His Scottish Dance Band - Gaelic Waltz Selection
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
Jimmy Shand - Argyll
Jimmy Shand - Argyll's Fancy Scottish Jig
Published: 2014/10/13
Channel: Brimenting
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - The Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
Jimmy Shand and his Scottish Dance Band - The Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Jan B kvalheim
AGNES WALTZ (Hannah)_JIMMY SHAND AND HIS BAND
AGNES WALTZ (Hannah)_JIMMY SHAND AND HIS BAND
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: JUNE PALASALA
THE BLUEBELL POLKA  JIMMY SHAND
THE BLUEBELL POLKA JIMMY SHAND
Published: 2014/05/06
Channel: Ian Anderson
Brandon McPhee & Mick Foster
Brandon McPhee & Mick Foster
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: DAVID HULL PROMOTIONS
The Linton Ploughman Jimmy Shand and his Band
The Linton Ploughman Jimmy Shand and his Band
Published: 2013/01/22
Channel: peacefulIrene
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Statue of Jimmy Shand, by David Annand, in Auchtermuchty

Sir James Shand MBE (28 January 1908 – 23 December 2000) was a Scottish musician who played traditional Scottish dance music on the accordion. His signature tune was "The Bluebell Polka".

Life and career[edit]

James Shand was born in East Wemyss in Fife, son of a farm ploughman turned miner and one of nine children. The family soon moved to the burgh of Auchtermuchty. The town now boasts a larger than life-sized sculpture of Shand. His father was a skilled melodeon player. Jimmy started with the mouth organ and soon played the fiddle. At the age of 14 he had to leave school and go down the mines. He played at social events and competitions. His enthusiasm for motor-bikes turned into an advantage when he played for events all round Fife. In 1926 he did benefit gigs for striking miners and was consequently prevented from returning to colliery work. One day Jimmy and a friend were admiring the instruments in the window of a music shop in Dundee. His friend said: "It wouldn't cost you to try one," so Jimmy walked in and strapped on an accordion. The owner, Charles Forbes, heard Jimmy and immediately offered him a job as travelling salesman and debt-collector. He soon acquired a van and drove all over the north of Scotland. He switched to the British chromatic button accordion, an instrument he stuck with for the rest of his life.

Being a keen motorcyclist, Shand was also an enthusiastic supporter and spectator at the annual Isle of Man TT races. Jimmy also sponsored a motorcycle road racer from Errol, Perthshire called Jack Gow, a multiple Scottish Motorcycle Racing champion and later a motorcycle dealer in Dundee. Jack Gow was the son of Andy Gow who drove the bus which transported the Shand tour. Shand's interest in motorcycles began when a boyfriend of his sister had problems with his bike, which had broken down. Shand repaired it and was allowed to use it.

He failed an audition for the BBC because he kept time with his foot. At a time when gramophones were very much luxury items he made two records for the Regal Zonophone label in 1933. His career took off when he switched to making 78s for the Beltona label (1935–1940). Most of the Beltona recordings were solo, but he experimented with small bands. This boosted sales. He appeared in a promo film shown in cinemas. While the image showed his fingers moving in a blur, Jimmy was disappointed to hear the sound track playing a slow air. He was prevented from joining the RAF by a digestive disorder, and spent the war years in the Fire Service. On New Year's Day morning in 1945 he made his first broadcast with "Jimmy Shand and his Band". This was the first of many such BBC radio and television appearances.

Works[edit]

Soon after the war he became a full-time musician and adopted a punishing life-style later adopted by rock bands. He would play Inverness one night, London the next night and still drive the van back, at breakneck speed, to bed in Dundee. He took his trademark bald head, Buddy Holly spectacles and full kilted regalia, Scottish reels, jigs and strathspeys to Australia, New Zealand and North America, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Now on the EMI/ Parlophone label, he released one single per month in the mid fifties, including his only top 20 hit in the UK Singles Chart – "The Bluebell Polka" (1955).[1] It was produced by George Martin, who was later to work with the Beatles. He was awarded an MBE in 1962. This period is remembered affectionately by Richard Thompson, who played Shand tunes on his Henry the Human Fly and Strict Tempo! albums. Thompson's Scottish father had been a keen Shand collector. In 1991, Thompson paid tribute to Shand with an original song, "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands", from his 1991 album Rumor and Sigh.

Call me precious I don't mind
78s are hard to find
You just can't get the shellac since the war
This one's the Beltona brand
Finest label in the land
They don't make them like that any more.

from "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands"

In 1972, Shand went into semi-retirement. From then he played only small venues in out-of-the-way places for a reduced fee. He was made a freeman of Auchtermuchty in 1974, North East Fife in 1980 and Fife in 1998. He became Sir Jimmy Shand in 1999. His portrait is in the Scottish National Gallery, close to Niel Gow. In 1983 he released a retrospective album with the cheeky title The First 50 Years.[1] At the age of 88 he recorded an album and video with his son, Dancing with the Shands.

More than 330 compositions are credited to Jimmy Shand. He recorded more tracks than the Beatles and Elvis Presley combined. In 1985, British Rail named a locomotive Jimmy Shand. He was dissatisfied with the chromatic button-key accordions available on the market in the 1940s so he designed his own one. The Hohner company manufactured the "Shand Morino" until the 1970s. He is the only artist worldwide to have his name used by the Hohner company as a model name for a musical instrument. There is a biography The Jimmy Shand Story: The King of Scottish Dance Music by Ian Cameron (2001). A number of his older recordings have been re-released by Beltona Records.

Since the 1950s the crowd at Dunfermline Athletic F.C. have left the ground after the game to the sound of Shand's "The Bluebell Polka".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 493. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  • Howard, Rob (2003) An A to Z of the Accordion and related instruments Stockport:Robaccord Publications ISBN 0-9546711-0-4, p. 98

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