Friday 10 December 2021

Jimmy Shand: First Beltona Recording Session, 1935


Jimmy Shand: First Beltona Recording Session, 1935

After Jimmy Shand's first foray into recording for Regal Zonophone in London in 1933, his next session was a year and a half later for Beltona Records based in Glasgow. This was the start of an extensive run of Shand records released by the label which went on until 1945, after which he signed to Parlophone Records. In early 1935 Jimmy travelled to an Edinburgh hall, the Kintore Rooms at 74 Queen Street, where Beltona often recorded artists. Twelve tracks were laid down with accompaniment from Margaret Lowe on piano, and all twelve were released and re-released, and some are still being re-released today on CD compilations. I put together this album from various sources, including my own collection and some vinyl re-releases.

1) Irish Jigs-Rory O'More/Dublin Jig/Blackthorn Stick
2) Irish Jigs-Donnybrook Boy/Humours of Donnybrook/Paddy O'Rafferty
3) Circassian Circle-Original/When I Look Back at Bonnie Aberdeen/Kate Dalrymple
4) Eightsome Reel-Mason's Apron/Breakdown/Mrs MacLeod
5) March, Strathspey & Reel-Atholl Highlanders Farewell/MacDuff Castle/Speed the Plough
6) The Thistle Schottische
7) Hornpipes-Arthurs Seat/Eugene Stratton/Banks
8) Slow Air-Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord
9) March, Strathspey & Reel-Balmoral Highlanders/Jessie Smith/Rachel Rae
10) March, Strathspey & Reel-The Burning Sands of Egypt/Stirling Castle/Torryburn Lasses
11) Folk Waltz-Ash Grove/Jenny Jones
12) March, Strathspey & Reel-Miss Elspeth Campbell/Huntly's Farewell/Captain Keillor


Below is pictured Kintore House, where the Kintore Rooms were, where this recording session took place.

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