A good book for chord system instruction for all keyboard players - Chord Piano is Fun by T.K. Gopforth

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Music video for 'Virginia Reel' by Sir. Jimmy Shand. ( and Scottish band ) playing a medley of three tunes for dancing.


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Comment by Daniel Kott on December 5, 2014 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the info. Two of my MECATX musicians are of Scottish heritage. One is Murray, and the other is Lauder ( play a good accordion - he is our lead musician and is featured in many of our Youtube videos ) We all attended the gathering of the Clans in Salado last month. My grandmother was an Irish immigrant ( Ennis ) 

Comment by Bill Palmer on December 5, 2014 at 10:34am

Thanks for making the corrections.

Comment by Bill Palmer on December 5, 2014 at 10:34am

My first wife was a certificated Royal Scottish Country Dance Instructor for 25 years. She received her 25th year certificate 2 weeks before she passed away in 2011. Her RSCDS dance demo team performed at the Texas Folklife Festival for 15 years or so. We became closely acquainted with most of the Scottish musicians. Alasdair Fraser and Muriel Johnstone Zobel stayed at our house several times when they were performing in Houston. They both knew "Sir Jimmy" quite well. The accordion in the photo is actually a hybrid. It's diatonic on the right side and has a Stradella bass system on the left. It was recently sold for a small fortune!

Comment by Daniel Kott on December 5, 2014 at 7:36am

I guess that should be ( and ) He had a band. I have some of his bands records. I also have several records of Scottish county dances that accompany the sheet music tune books and dance notation. When I ran the IFCC folk culture center in San Antonio for about 10 year. The Scottish society used put center annually for their ball. Also just attended the gathering of the clans in Salado. Have never heard him referred to as a Sir in the USA, but will change it to be correct.

Comment by Bill Palmer on December 5, 2014 at 1:10am

Jimmy Shand is NOT a Scottish band. He is a Scottish accordionist. He should be referred to as Sir Jimmy Shand, because he was knighted by Her Majesty before his death in 2000. He is the elderly gentleman playing the red three-row diatonic Hohner accordion.


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