Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Jimmy Shand: First Recording Session, London 1933

Jimmy Shand's first recording session was in 1933 with the Regal Zonophone company. His employer, Dundee music shop owner Charles Forbes, had agreed to underwrite the costs - unknown to Jimmy - and so the session took place in the Abbey Road studios in London. There was a pianist available, but on some tracks Jimmy asked if he could record unaccompanied. Two records were eventually issued, MR 1387 and MR 1388.

1) CAR2411 Bottom of the Punchbowl/My Love She's But a Lassie Yet/Fair Maid of Perth
2) CAR2412 Atholl Highlanders/Rakes of Kildare/Teviot Bridge
3) CAR2414 Londonderry Hornpipe/High Level Hornpipe

Presumably matrix no. CAR2413 was The Druken Piper/Laird o' Drumblair/Deil Amang the Tailors - mentioned in Shand's biography by David Phillips (Dundee 1976); alas, I have not got a copy of that track.


Other collections of Scottish 78rpm records:
Will Powrie, Scottish Melodeon from 78 rpm Recordings
Donald Davidson: Scottish Mouth Organ Classics
William Hannah: Scottish Melodeon 78s


  1. What a pleasant surprise to stumble across this new posting. Hopefully it is the start of something.

    1. My comment I sent yesterday went through with no problems if knowing that is any help to you.

  2. Testing, testing. I've had reports that people could not comment on this, so I'm trying it out myself...

  3. A real Golden Oldie! Thank you.

  4. Hey Nigel,

    Thanks for the JS sides. Note that he isn't playing that big red 3 row Hohner B/C/C# he was later famous for on these sides, but rather a mere 2 row B/C, like all the Irish fellows wail away on now, according to the redoubtable Stephen Chambers in his great posting on the history of Irish Button Boxes.

    Interesting that JS plays a G# instead of G in the Atholl H-Landers.

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  6. Thank you so much. Being spanish, fiddler and interested in scottish music, your post have of an invaluable value to me; Nothing in my homeland is available but modern & commercial stuff. I indeed treasure all the albums from past fiddlers and regret deeply your issues with copyright.
    All the best,