Jimmy Blue was born near Glasgow, but moved to Perthshire in 1949. Since starting to play the accordion at the tender age of sixteen, Jimmy became one of the best-known Scottish instrumentalists in the world.
Jimmy Blue and his Scottish Dance Band - When the legendary Ian Powrie decided to emigrate to Australia in 1966, his accordionist Jimmy Blue picked up leadership of the band. Ian was replaced by a young fiddler called Ron Kerr and eventually another accordionist was included, Davie Stewart. Along with Pam Borough, Dave Barclay and Arthur Easson, this formed a formidable six-piece. Jimmy Blue's Welcome to Scotland was released in 1969 and was the first LP made by the new band.
The band was closely associated with Andy Stwart for over a decade, having accompanied Andy on tours through many countries of the world, on countless TV shows and on a long line of British summer seasons and one-nighters.