A Swedish-based musician has launched a search for his Scottish ancestry – and released a song paying tribute to his ancestors.
Ferdinand Snow has recorded ‘My Heart Belongs to Scotland’, taken from his EP ‘Live At A Funeral‘ – the song dedicated to his family to cheer them up during lockdown, as well as a nod to his past.
The singer/songwriter and pianist recently discovered that his great-grandfather George Nicol Reid Caird was a musician for the BBC Variety Orchestra in Glasgow, playing with the likes of Sir Jimmy Shand as well as Dame Vera Lynn and Jimmy Shand – which inspired him to uncover more of his musical background.
“George Nicol Reid Caird was born 1903 in Banchory, near Aberdeen and had to elope with his love, the stunning and adventurous Miss Robb from Aberdeen, and got married in secret in London in 1924,” Snow recounts.
Now on a mission to unlock his Scottish ancestry, Snow has appealed to Scottish music lovers for information on his forbears.
“George worked as a violinist in the BBC Variety Orchestra where he would accompany the stars of the day like Dame Vera Lynn, Jimmy Blair and Jimmy Shand when they performed on the radio and on the popular 50s television show, Jigtime,” he recounts.
“This was a long ago when live music was heard on the air,” he adds. “I would love to find out more about his life as a musician, find pictures of him and records where he participated. If anyone remembers him and has information to share, especially people in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Stonehaven and thereabouts, I´d be eternally grateful”