The village of Auchtermuchty in Fife has a much-mocked name. It does however have two claims to musical fame. The first is being the adult home of band leader and accordionist Jimmy Shand. He was born in another Fife town East Wemyss, which I blogged about here. In that post you can also find an embedded video of Shand’s most famous tune The Bluebell Polka.
After Jimmy’s death the townsfolk of ‘Muchty, as it is sometimes referred to, erected a statue in his memory.
Though they were born in Leith, Auchtermuchty became a home to The Proclaimers. Their song Sunshine on Leith has been taken up by fans of Hibernian Football Club and is now the club’s (unofficial?) anthem.
Auchtermuchty’s War Memorial is situated in the main street and is a reflective one, with the figure of a soldier in a niche on the western side.
The eastern side is plainer, with the inscribed names.