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