Sir Jimmy’s sounds hit the Euro dancefloor

Sir Jimmy Shand
Sir Jimmy Shand

THE sounds of Sir Jimmy Shand have filled dancefloors through the decades – but now a new generation of music fans is getting into the East Wemyss legend.

A west coast of Scotland DJ has brought back to life one of the late Sir Jimmy’s most well known tracks and re-mixed it into a European disco favourite.

‘Shander’, a seven-minute remix of the ‘The Linton Ploughman’, based on ‘The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre’, has topped the download charts in Germany.

Dance DJ guru Stevie Lennon, who curates the Stereofunk Festival in Strathclyde Park, is the man behind the track which has caught the imagination of fans from a different era.

The 33-year-old DJ said: “I’ve been a fan of Jimmy Shand for years and I made the track originally for myself.

“But I saw more than 1000 people doing the Highland fling to it at Stereofunk this year, and that’s when I thought I’d try and get it released.

“When people hear it in the clubs, they stop what they’re doing and start dancing.

“To see it at number one is just phenomenal.

“I expect it to become a big track in Scotland but I’m just delighted with how it’s gone so far.”

Sir Jimmy Shand (pictured), who died in December 2000, aged 92, sold millions of records in a career spanning 70 years, crashing into the UK top 20 with the ‘Bluebell Polka’ in 1955.

Born in East Wemyss in 1908, where a street is named in his memory, Sir Jimmy was the sixth of nine children to Erskine and Mary Shand.

His father and brother both played the melodeon and inspired his interest in music.

After his death, a bronze sculpture was erected in his honour in Auchtermuchty, the village where he had made his home.