Shand remix hits no 1 spot in charts

Sir Jimmy Shand would have approved of the remix of his recording which has topped the charts in Germany.

The late Auchtermuchty maestro regularly played the ‘Linton Ploughman,’ which was based on the ‘Muckin O’ George’s Byre.’

The track, which was recorded by Jimmy around 50 years ago and appeared on several albums, was recently remixed by Glasgow DJ Stevie Lennon.

The tune, Shander, was recently number one in Germany’s top 100 download chart, with the DJ hopeful that its success can be repeated elsewhere.

This week, Sir Jimmy’s son, Jimmy, who is still performing Scottish dance music, said the original tune was very popular with country folks.

“The remix has taken the recording to a different generation and dad would have a wry smile if he heard it. I think he would have looked on the new recording as an honour.”

Jimmy Jnr explained that the original, traditional tune was written in the 1920s when it was often performed on melodeons and mouth organs.

Jimmy was approached by Stevie Lennon a couple of months ago to hear the remix and thought it was good.

“The DJ is a Jimmy Shand fan and always plays two or three of my dad’s tracks as part of his programme.”

Four years ago, a remix of Sir Jimmy’s UK top 20 hit, the Bluebell Polka, received media attention when a version featuring the voice of rapper 50 Cents appeared on You Tube, posting some 73,000 hits.


That number, however, was still less than half of the total number of hits on the video sharing channel showing the great Muchty man performing the original.

A Facebook page, ‘Get Shander to No. 1,’ has been set up, aiming to get the remix to the top slot in the UK charts.

Born in East Wemyss 1908, Jimmy Shand’s father and brother were melodeon players.

Initially working in the coal mines, he was drawn to work in the music shop of J. T. Forbes in Dundee in 1932.

It was the proprietor of the music shop who arranged Jimmy’s first recording session and, three years later, he signed his first recording contract.

Medically unfit for active service during the Second World War, he continued to play in a small dance band before forming his own band in 1940.

The family made Auchtermuchty their home, with Jimmy a high-popular figure in the community.

Radio broadcasts helped take record sales into the millions, with Jimmy’s popularity seeing him tour different parts of the world.

He was Knighted in 1999 and, after his death in 2000 at the age of 92, a bronze statue was unveiled in Auchtermuchty.