Mu­si­cian Shand’s great-grand­son set to fol­low his foot­steps

The Herald - - NEWS - JACK MCGRE­GOR

THE great-grand­son of Scot­tish mu­si­cal leg­end Sir Jimmy Shand is fol­low­ing in his mu­si­cal foot­steps.

Lewis No­ble, 15, from Kin­ross, will per­form in front of record la­bel moguls and 1,000 con­cert-go­ers tonight in the Sound­waves com­pe­ti­tion at the O2 ABC in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

It is a ma­jor boost to the ca­reer of the young­ster, who per­formed at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe when he was only 13 and has played the Rewind Fes­ti­val at Scone Palace.

His fa­ther Graeme ad­mit­ted his son “gets his mu­si­cal tal­ents from the Shand side of the fam­ily”.

Lewis’s ac­cor­dian play­ing great-grand­fa­ther was a favourite of the­atre au­di­ences and tele­vi­sion shows for decades un­til his death in 2000 aged 92.

More than 330 com­po­si­tions are cred­ited to Sir Jimmy, who was born in East We­myss, Fife. He recorded more tracks than the Bea­tles and Elvis Pres­ley com­bined.

Mr No­ble added: “It is strik­ing how sim­i­lar Lewis’s gen­eral de­meanour is to that of his great-grand­fa­ther.

“Lewis is very quiet and unas­sum­ing. How­ever, he pos­sesses an ef­fort­less, nat­u­ral abil­ity to play his cho­sen in­stru­ment and seems to be able to cap­ti­vate an au­di­ence with ease.”

Lewis added: “I’m look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing and play­ing with a pro­fes­sional back­ing band, which in­cludes my orig­i­nal gui­tar teacher Steve Mur­phy, Will Shiels on drums and Ross Mil­lar on bass gui­tar.

“I will be play­ing two of my own com­po­si­tions plus a well-known blues in­stru­men­tal piece.”

The teenager, who can also play the pi­ano, en­joys play­ing rock, jazz funk and free-style gui­tar im­pro­vi­sa­tions, as well as blues.

The Sound­waves com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning for four years in Scot­land, see­ing many suc­cess sto­ries and boost­ing mu­sic ca­reers for un­signed acts.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Sam Lav­ery, who fin­ished sixth in the most re­cent se­ries of The X Fac­tor, while Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal­ist Ella Shaw is sup­port­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Sound­waves is a fes­ti­val­style show for 12 Scot­tish acts, from gui­tarists and acous­tic artists, to as­pir­ing pop stars and rock bands.

They are com­pet­ing for record­ing ses­sions, ra­dio air­play and the chance to be signed to man­age­ment and record­ing com­pa­nies.

The win­ning act will re­ceive a prize pack­age that in­cludes a full day’s record­ing at a pro­fes­sional stu­dio, as well as ra­dio air­time and press cov­er­age.

JIMMY SHAND: More tracks than Bea­tles and Pres­ley.

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