Jimmy Shand & His Scottish Dance Band are synonymous with Scottish dance music and were an institution in Scottish cultural life for decades. As well as recordings by Jimmy himself we also have albums of his music played by other bands, great tributes to the maestro of the button box.
Jimmy Shand was born in 1908, in East Wemyss, Fife, one of 9 children. He started working in the coal mines, but after the General Strike forced him to leav he found work in a music shop. The rest, as they say, is history…BBC appearances, recording deals, a national Top 20 hit with the Bluebell Polka and the long running White Heather Club. He was awarded his MBE for musical services to the nation in 1962.
Although he died in December 2000 his recordings live on and many players around the world have been inspired by his playing, even those too young to have seen him in person. His son Jimmy Shand Jnr carries on the family tradition.