Sweden-based singer songwriter, Ferdinand Snow is looking to entirely different climes to release his debut single…Scotland. The weather may sometimes be similar but Snow was brought up in the country and wrote his debut single, My Heart Belongs to Scotland as a sort of ‘pick-me-up’ for his relatives who still live there. However, there is more to Ferdinand’s story and he’s asking the general public to fill in the gaps…
Although Ferdinand’s day job sees him working behind the scenes in the Swedish music industry, he has only recently found out that he is not the first in the family to make music his career. He has learned that his great grandfather, George Nicol Reid Caird, was also a musician, playing in the BBC Variety Orchestra, playing alongside the likes of Dame Vera Lynn, Jimmy Shand and Jimmy Blair. Unfortunately, this is round about all he has learned…but is now counting on the general public, particularly those in Scotland ‘of a certain age’ who may know more:
“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.
They settled in Glasgow where 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 50’s television show, Jigtime. This was long ago when live music was heard on the air. 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”.