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Princess pays homage to music legend Sir Jimmy Shand at Hunstanton

By Lynn News Reporter

The highly-acclaimed show ‘The Jimmy Shand Story’ is coming to the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, on Sunday, March 24.

This show is a celebration of the life and music of the late Sir Jimmy Shand, prolific composer and band leader, an international star and legend of Scottish music.

These tunes continue to feature in the repertoire of most traditional accordionists and dance bands today.

Brandon McPhee bringing Jimmy Shand StoryJohn Baikie
Brandon McPhee bringing Jimmy Shand StoryJohn Baikie

Renowned folk-singer and broadcaster Jimmie MacGregor MBE affirms: “Jimmy Shand’s influence on Scottish accordion music has been greater than any other individual in the history of that instrument. His influence in popularising accordion music reached every corner of the country and further.”

Virtuoso 22-year-old accordion player Brandon McPhee takes centre stage in saluting the life and music of the late Sir Jimmy Shand.

Jimmie MacGregor
Jimmie MacGregor

Jimmie agreed: “There is no better accordion player alive today to portray the Jimmy Shand Story than Brandon McPhee, playing the three row Shand Marino button accordion with skill and virtuosity.

"I worked with Jimmy but I have to say as a player Brandon leaves Jimmy Shand behind – but there is no doubt if it wasn’t for Jimmy, Brandon and people like him wouldn’t be performing today.

“Jimmy Shand I’m sure would be very proud of the show that Brandon is performing in his honour.”

On stage, the music is provided by the Brandon McPhee Scottish Band.

Brandon explains: “We all know his famous tunes, but do we remember the man who did so much for our musical heritage?”

Sir Jimmy Shand pictured left
Sir Jimmy Shand pictured left

Senior Scottish accordion champion Brandon, winner of the highly coveted “Jimmy Shand Shield”, is recognised across Britain and Ireland through his music and the many appearances on stage, radio and television.

In this show, he looks back at the life and music of his idol, playing many of his favourite tunes, such as “Bluebell Polka”, “Whistling Rufus” and “Shufflin Samuel”.

This great selection of music will be complemented by visual images and stories narrated live by Jimmie MacGregor.

Jimmy Shand’s popularity is renowned. Proof of this is reflected in the fact that in his time Jimmy sold millions of records in his 70-year career.

Brandon has a challenge ahead to live up to this but the prodigy from Castletown, Caithness, is well on the way. Brandon has quite a track record already.

He has become well-known across Britain and Ireland with many appearances on stage, radio and TV, hosting his own show on Sky’s ‘Keep It Country’ Channel – ‘The Brandon McPhee Hour’.

To date he has composed and played music for HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at their home in Birkhall, Scotland, and Buckingham Palace.

Brandon is extremely proud that he owns the first Shand Morino of the assembly line “Hohner Morino” Accordion which he tracked down to Belfast, paid £5,000 for and restored to original condition. He will grace the Princess Theatre stage with that very accordion later this month.

The show, given his blessing by Jimmy Shand’s son, Jimmy Jnr, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available from the theatre box office on 01485 532252 or online https://www.princesshunstanton.co.uk or https://thelittleboxoffice.com.


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