James Shand, 28 January 1908, East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland, d. 23 December 2000, Perth, Scotland. The leading exponent of Scottish country dance music, accordionist and band leader Shands remarkable career stretched over a period of 60 years. Shand was one of nine children of a coal miner, and followed his father down the pit at the age of 14. More importantly, he also learnt how to play melodeon, becoming a fluent exponent of a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional jigs, reels and polkas. Shand left the mining industry following the General Strike of 1926, taking up employment with the Fife Power Company until 1933 when he was hired as an accordion salesman and demonstrator by the J.T. Forbes Music Shop in Dundee. He made his first button accordion recording for Regal Zonophone Records the same year, and shortly afterwards gave his first performance on the wireless. A productive recording relationship with the Beltona label ensued, but it was not until the...