To Ron from Jimmy

Shand Book Ron Signature

In our discussion on Ron Gonnella the other day, Jane MacMorran mused over whether Ron had been a musical friend of the accordionist Jimmy Shand. Jane had heard that as a child Ron would climb on stage at local dances where Shand was performing and play along on his fiddle. I promised to look at David Phillip’s biography of Jimmy to see if there is any reference to this. Imagine my surprise and delight when I opened by copy of the book purchased in an Edinburgh second-hand shop some years ago. I had forgotten that I had bought Ron’s personal copy, signed and dated (August 1976), which had been presented to him by Jimmy Shand! It carries the dedication: To Ron, Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part, Happy to Meet Again, Jimmy Shand.