Through 27 years of continuous touring and word of mouth, Scottish / Irish / Australian band The BordererS have become the most successful & entertaining Celtic / Rock / Roots band in Australia! Even Tom Jones and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard have booked the band.
The BordererS got together in 1994 when Jim met Alex in an Adelaide recording studio when he was halfway through his round the world backpacking trip. He never knew then that he would marry the singer, have a daughter, and then continue the World tour as a musician with a family.
“Where do you get your energy from?” are the words most commonly used to describe the band's live stage show, and entertaining all age groups and getting the whole audience involved sets the BordererS apart from other bands.
"You must be dead if you're not seen dancing at a BordererS gig" -.Jamie McKew - Port Fairy Festival Director .
Social justice and performing charity shows are a big priority for the BordererS, especially after losing their 18 year old son to suicide. The Wesley Mission TV show has even asked them perform at the Sydney Opera House 3 times.
The BordererS are also becoming well known in the USA & Europe and have performed at the InterCeltique Festival in Lorient, France where 750,000 people attended this festival, the Skagen Festival in Denmark, the Singapore Arts Festival, plus the Americana Festival in Nashville etc…
The band have also recorded and played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Festival Theatre in South Australia, plus were the headline act at Federation Square in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve 2009
Lead singer, Alex, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Australia in 1987, whilst Jim was born in Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in Australia on Christmas Eve 1993.
Jim has worked professionally in the performing arts since 1979 as a producer, manager, writer and performer. He started out as a performer in Scotland during the era of Punk Rock and started promoting large events from the age of 17. He then moved to London in 1986 where he worked in major recording studios as a producer with many renowned recording artists. This led to a move to Norway and Sweden to work in ABBA’s recording studio ( Polar ) with Roxette.
Jim’s career then took him to the USA where he worked with David J Holman (Grease & Olivia Newton John) and as the musical director at a summer camp in Maine, New England.
He then came back to Scotland to work for the Scottish Youth Theatre before heading overseas to collaborate with Indian musicians in Bollywood and to eventually settle in Adelaide forming The Borderers with Alex.
The Borderers have been voted Best World Music act at the Musicoz Awards, and were winners of the Best Gospel song at the Independent Music Awards in the USA. They have also just been voted S.A.'s Best Band and their double album "Tales of Love & Loss" was the winner of the Best Album of the Year in 2015
“I have a feeling The BordererS are best heard live surrounded by people singing along and waving their hands in happy unison” - The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia