JIMMY SHAND and his Strict Tempo Band

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Having enjoyed the previously posted collection of Jimmy Shand recordings immensely, I was happy to come across this LP which I had forgotten was in my collection. Being a little Shand crazy lately, I decided to transfer and post it as a companion to the "King of the Melodeon Men".
The LP was produced for the North American market, and received the following notice in the July 1, 1957 issue of Billboard:

One of Scotland's most popular bands makes it's North American debut in this Capitol of the World album. Shand's jaunty accordion solo work and "strict tempo" are showcased on a group of lively Scottish country dance tunes: Merrily Dance (sic) the Quaker's Wife," "Primrose Polka," etc. Authentic Celtic wax for the specialty market.

Includes jacket and label scans.


1. My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
2. Birks Of Invermay
3. St. Bernard Waltz
4. Teviot Brig (Jig)
5. De'il Amang The Tailors
6. Lord Hume's Reel
7. Primrose Polka
8. The Cumberland Reel
9. The Duke Of Perth (Broon's Reel)
10. The Glasgow Highlanders (Strathspey)
11. The Gordon Waltz
12. Merrily Danced The Quaker's Wife (Jig)

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JIMMY SHAND The King of the Melodeon Men

Monday, October 17, 2011

I have long enjoyed the vintage recordings of the great Scottish accordionist Jimmy Shand (1908-2000) and was thrilled to locate this 1994 collection of some of his classic 78's. Shand's name is synonymous with the Scottish Country Dance movement, and no doubt dancers have comprised the majority of his record buyers through the years. Nonetheless, I find his recordings, especially his earlier ones, to be fantastic listening.
The present compilation contains 21 tracks spanning the years 1934-1954, including 3 of his earliest for Regal-Zonophone, the remainder originally released on the Parlophone label.
Shand's career is well documented, a nice bio can be read here.
The folder contains all 21 tracks on mp3, as well as a text file with complete tune lists, release number and year for each track.


1. Set of Reels - The Punch Bowl/My Love She's But Lassie Yet/Fair Maid of Perth
2. The Drunken Piper/The Laird of Drumblair/De'il Amang The Tailors
3. The Machine Without Horses/My Wife's A Wanton Wee Thing/Glendaruel Highlanders
4. La Russe - La Russe/The Punch Bowl/Cairdin 'Ot
5. Scottish Waltz - Jock O' Hazeldean/We'd Better Bide A Wee/My Nannie's Awa'/Auld Scotch Song
6. Hornpipes - Dundee Horpipe/Millicent's Favourite
7. Eightsome Reel - The De'il Amang The Tailors/Staten Island/Speed The Plough/The Wind That Shakes The Barley/Mrs. McLeod
8. Bluebell Polka
9. Dundee Reel - Bonnie Dundee/Rock And Wee Pickle Tow/Atholl Gathering
10. Merrily Danced The Quaker's Wife - Merrily Danc'd The Quaker's Wife/Dumfries House/Bonnie Doon
11. Miss Betty Fitchet's Wedding
12. The New Rigged Ship/Off She Goes/Kinloch of Kinloch
13. The Queen Mary Waltz
14. La Valeta
15. The Londonderry & High Level Hornpipes
16. Primrose Polka
17. Petronella
18. The Duke of Perth (Broon's Reel) - Duke Of Perth/This Is No My Ain Lassie/The Wandering Drummer
19. Reel of 51st Division - The Drunken Piper/Bonnie Ann
20. Inverness Gathering/Braes Of Tullymet/Kitty High
21. The Agnes Waltz

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I have presented many vintage albums of great Canadian country music here at the Scratchy Attic, but none gives me as much pleasure to share as these two 1960's LPs by a great band from my hometown of Chatham, Ontario, Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills. Growing up in a "country music family", I often heard my grandparents speak fondly of this band, proudly proclaiming they were "as good as anything out of Nashville". I believe my grandmother even sang a number with the boys on an occasion or two. Many years later I was privileged enough to get to share the stage a few times with the group's steel guitarist, the late Max Dauphin.
Francis and his outfit cut two albums in 1963 and 1964, for the Arc and Canatal labels, respectively. The notes to the Arc LP state "As soon as Arc Records heard Ray Francis and The Whippoorwills they immediately recognized that here was one of the most professional sounding country bands in the land." I can only wholeheartedly agree with that statement; I feel that the album is one of the real gems in Arc's early catalog. At a time when Canadian recordings tended to be of the "one microphone in a room" variety, the Whippoorwills albums sound balanced and cohesive, unlike many other "local" albums of this period, which while quaint, are often decidedly amateurish. The Whippoorwills were really more a regional than a local band, with some very impressive connections and credentials, as outlined in the articles at the following link to the Chatham Music Archives.
As of 2009, Ray Francis was still active as a musician, and in 2007, the local Chatham newspaper ran a story on his career with the Whippoorwills. A scan of that article is included along with the original LP jackets and labels, and of course the contents of the LPs are downloadeable as mp3s below.
The fact that the Chatham area was home to such a great traditional Country band back in the day makes me very proud to be carrying on the tradition of this kind of singing and playing in the present. Kudos to Ray Francis, John Tengelis, Ray Dauphin, Max Dauphin and Bill Taylor for leaving a great legacy!


1. Crying In The Deep Blue Sea
2. I've Got A Right To Know
3. A House With Everything But Love
4. I'll Kiss The Past Goodbye
5. The Same Old Me
6. All Over Again
7. Toujour Moi
8. I Can't Run Away From Myself
9. Three Hearts In A Tangle
10. Anymore
11. A Dimes Worth Of Dreams
12. Carribean
13. Honey Lovin'
14. When Two Worlds Collide
15. Lost In The Islands
16. A Wound Time Can't Erase
17. Ridin' High
18. Little Darlin'
19. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
20. Dead End Twist
21. What Would You Do
22. South Of The Border
23. Tears Broke Out On Me
24. Tears Will Fall

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