Donald Davidson


b. 1910    d. 1987

Am oustanding mouth organ player from Aberdeenshire who recorded extensively for the Beltona label between 1929 and 1939.

There is an excellent article on Davidson here:

and more information here:

Born in the Scottish town of Ballater in 1910, Donald Davidson played harmonica from a very early age. By the late 1920s, Davidson was broadcasting regularly on the Aberdeen radio station 2BD and was heard by a talent scout who signed him up for Beltona Records. Over the next decade, he recorded about 40 sides for Beltona, … interestingly, they were performed on a chromatic tremolo harmonica he built himself, something his record company felt obliged to bring to their customers’ attention.

Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling

Monymusk / Deil among the Tailors

Scottish traditional music played on harmonica by Donald Davidson. From 78 rpm disk Beltona 1497 M12490.

Highland Wedding

From 78 rpm disk Beltona 1497 M12498.

Stirling Castle / Soldiers’ Joy

From 78 rpm disk Beltona Beltona 1501 M12495.