"we're stepping and twirling through the EightsomeReel, the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant while Jimmy Shand and his Band wheeze out of the school gramophone."
Country dancing
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The dances performed by the children at their Galas were usually some form of Scottish folk dancing, inevitably accompanied by the music of Jimmy Shand and his Band. The Fife-born Jimmy Shand (1908-2000) was a prolific recording artist even up to the age of 88, with more than 330 compositions accredited to him. In fact, he recorded more tracks during his time than Elvis Presley and the Beatles combined. He was also a known TV performer, along with other Scottish stars such as host Andy Stewart on the BBC programme The White Heather Club which ran on and off for ten years from 1958. This show has often been cited as an example of the worst of BBC television in its early years. Jimmy Shand wrote the theme tune for the programme, which was also for many years the BBC's entertainment offering on New Year's Eve (or Hogmanay, as Jimmy would have called it).