The BordererS

The BordererS

 South Australia, AUS
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The BordererS entertain like Freddie Mercury, have the energy of Angus Young and sound a bit like The Proclaimers if Eva Cassidy happened to sing with them. One of the most energetic bands in the world who appeal to all age groups and love to entertain in front of family audiences.

Biography

Scottish / Irish / Australian band The BordererS are the most successful Celtic / Folk / Roots band in Oz, selling over 73,000 CD's. They got together in 1994 and have released 9 albums, 4 EP's & 2 kids albums. 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.

The Borderers became a band by accident when Jim was backpacking in Australia as part of a Round the World trip. He says: "I was just passing through Adelaide to meet a friend when I got invited to a recording studio to hear this band called the Borderers. I loved their sound so much that I eventually co-produced the album, married the lead singer and bought a house in Adelaide".

The BordererS have just performed at Europe's biggest country music festival "The Mirande Festival" in the South of France. It went so well that they've been invited back for a 3 month European tour in 2014, sponsored by Dreamwest Magazine,( a specialist mag devoted to country music )

Youve got so much energy!are the words that are always used to describe the band's live stage show and they also have a unique knack of appealing to all age groups. Invitations are continuously extended to the BordererS from all the major festivals in Australia and Europe such as the Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Woodford, Edinburgh and Womad Festivals in Australia and the UK. This is because of the guaranteed good times they generate. What sets the BordererS apart from other bands is their ability to get the whole audience involved.

........."You must be dead if you're not seen dancing at a BordererS gig".........Jamie McKew - Port Fairy Festival Director

( The biggest Folk / Roots festival in Australia )

The Borderers won the 2009 Independent Music Awards in the USA for Best Gospel song and have just been voted Best Bandand Best Albumof the Year for their new double album "Tales of Love & Loss" at the Fowlers Live Music awards in Australia ( Nov 2012 ).

The BordererS have supported Tom Jones, Donovan & Tom Paxton and have both recorded and played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The band have even been specifically asked to perform for the Australian Prime Minister on two separate occasions.

....... 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.

........."The Scottish rhythm guitarist is so handsome"......... Jim's Mum

Voted Best World Music ActAt the Musicoz Awards, Australia in 2003

Lyrics

The Dark Horse

Written By: James Paterson & Denise Alexander

The Dark Horse

Verse 1

( Jay's Vocal Part )
Well she called me the dark horse cause I wouldn’t say how I felt.

Can’t open up, won’t open up, I’ll keep those thoughts to myself.

And she’s probably right when she says that it’s bad for my health.

But put your money on this dark horse I can change the hand I’ve been dealt.

Verse 2 ( Alex's Vocal Part )
Well he called me an open book cause I like to voice how I feel

I display my emotions, a naked soul lies revealed.

But I need to communicate so please wear your heart on your sleeve.

And don’t be put off cause you know well I’m just being me

( Jay & Alex ) CHORUS

And yes we’ve all known times when the highs aren't high anymore.

And we’ve all known times when you question just how much you’ve grown.

And we’ve all known times like these, like these.

Verse 3

( Jay & Alex ) We’ve experienced troubles but what couple’s not gone through all this?

( Alex ) It’s true that we’re fallible and as people we all make mistakes.

( Jay & Alex ) Well we’ve all got our baggage and problems we have to work through.

( Jay & Alex ) Don’t blame it on somebody else cause it all starts with you.

( Jay & Alex ) CHORUS

And yes we’ve all known times when the highs aren’t high anymore

And we’ve all known times when you question just how much you’ve grown

And we’ve all known times like these.

Like these

Like these

Like these

Sinner & the Saint

Written By: J Paterson / Denise Alexander

Verse 1
I had many questions. Doubts were in my mind. I couldn't find the answers, there was no light to be found. Looking in the wrong place, dark descended over me Dragged me down and I was blinded. there was no light to be seen.

Verse 2
Took to hiding in a bottle, and I leant against the bar. Solving all the problems. All the problems of the world. I was a modern prophet, thought I knew it all. But when I woke up in the mprning, found I didn't know at all.

Chorus:
Save me, I said Save me
Cos I'm a sinner not a saint.

Verse 3
Everybody searching, need a little help. A cross that they can lean on to save them from themselves.

Chorus to finish

Will you love me when I'm fat, bald & ugly?

Written By: Steve Boyd

Verse 1
Come follow me down to the river
See our reflections in the water
Do you see a young man and his darlin' wife
Or an old man and his daughter

Sub chorus
Sour grapes and withered roses
Varicose veins and halitosis
Would you be ashamed to hold my hand?

Chorus
Will you love me when I'm fat, bald and ugly?
Will you still be proud to call me your man?
Will you love me when I"m fat, bald and ugly?
Still be dreamin' of me, and take me as I am?

Verse 2
Old Father Time has played some wicked tricks
As the years go slowly by
He clips your wings and locks you in a cage
Tells you that you've grown too old to fly

Sub chorus

chorus

Love is the Answer

Written By: James Paterson & Denise Alexander

Verse 1
When they say they're giving you democracy
We know it's lies, it's the height of hypocracy
Corporations don't care about the have not's
Ruthless, immoral, it's all about the profits

Verse 2
It's no wonder people are starting to hate us
We plunder countries, invade them like a rapist
Now everyone is suspicious of their neighbours
It must be true cos I read it in the papers

Sub Chorus
But forgiveness is beauty
You know that empires don't last
All this war and destruction
Why can't we learn, can't we learn from the past

Chorus
That Love can bring changes ( woh, oh, oh, oh, oh )
Yes "Love is the answer", it's what we're looking for
When there's violence and hatred ( woh, oh, oh, oh, oh )
Then "Love is the answer", it's what we're looking for

Verse 3
We were told there was weapons of mass destruction
They bombed the place and said they had no option
They use the war to help them win elections
It's time to stand up and give them our objections

Verse 4
Don't you know there's going to be a backlash
What's wrong with talking, does it leave you feeling breathless
Life is sacred can you hear the voice of reason
No more killing in the name of freedom

Sub Chorus
Forgiveness is beauty ( It's the highest form of love )
You know that empires don't last ( They all come crumbling down )
All this war & destruction ( Senseless deaths )
Why can't we learn, can't we learn from the past

Chorus
Love can bring changes ( woh, oh, oh, oh, oh )
Yes "Love is the Answer" it's what we're looking for
When there's violence and hatred ( woh, oh, oh, oh, oh )
Yes "Love is the Answer", it's what we're looking for
Life is so sacred
"Love is the Answer", and what we're looking for
In a world full of hatred
Then "Love is the Answer", and what we're looking for

A Song of Hope ( New Year's Eve in Melbourne )

Written By: James Paterson & Denise Alexander


Verse 1
It was New Year's Eve in Melbourne
And my mind cast's back to the year gone by
And spare a thought for those not with us now
To the hungry souls forgotten
Displaced from homes and still downtrodden
And pray for peace in those nations torn by war

Chorus
Singing la, la, la, la, la, la
Shelter for the homeless, joy for the hopeless tonight
Singing la, la, la, la, la, la
We sing of hope and a happier New Year for all

Middle
The bells are ringing for hope
Ring out for hope
We're singing for hope

Verse 2
Well it's New year's Eve in Melbourne
And I have a dream for the year to come
That poverty is history, hunger a thing of the past
Throw your arms around each other
Show your love for your sister and brother
Under the Southern Cross as we're singing Auld Lang Syne

Chorus
Singing la, la, la, la, la, la
Shelter for the homeless, joy for the hopeless tonight
Singing la, la, la, la, la, la
We sing of hope and a happier New Year for all
This is our Song of Hope and a happier New Year for all

Discography

"Caledonia Man" ( plus Bonus DVD - Celtic Journey ) - 2016
"Tales of Love & Loss" plus "Rise Up!" ( A double album )
" A Time For Change" - 2007
"Grace" - 2005
"Live.......and more!" DVD - 2005
"Inspired!" - 2003
"Ticklish Allsorts 2" - 2nd Kids CD
"The Gathering" - 2001
"Live at The Gov" - 1999
"Ticklish Allsorts" - Kids CD
"Woman" - 1997
"Independent's Day" - 1995
"Amnesty" EP
"Australia's Christmas Day" EP
"Back to Back" EP
"Fate" EP
"The Dark Horse" / "My Mother, My Angel of Love" / "No! We're Not Going Home" have all been big hits on all the country music stations in Australia.

Set List

The BordererS perform all of their own songs although sometimes they throw in up tempo versions of Scottish & Irish traditional songs. The band can play 3 x 45 minute sets but the show is so energetic they prefer to do 2 x 1 hour brackets or one set that lasts an hour and a quarter.