Chieftain for the Day

The Bundanoon Highland Gathering is extremely proud, honoured and delighted to announce that for their 40th Anniversary Celebrations the Chieftain of the Day will be  Mr. Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes, a name that is revered the music business, he is the well-known Scottish-born Australian rock singer-songwriter. His career both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel has made him one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists of all time.

Wild-child, rock star, soul man, statesman – Jimmy Barnes has covered some ground to become an Australian icon.

You can’t talk Australian music without mentioning Jimmy Barnes.

As front-man for the legendary Cold Chisel, he tore through the Australian music scene in the 70s and 80s, then went on to do the same as a solo artist.

In a career that spans over four decades, it’s easy to lose sight of just how incredible his achievements are. How is this for a taster? Across his recorded output,

Jimmy has had 15 Top 40 albums with Cold Chisel and 15 charting solo albums – including ten Number Ones – and holds the record for the most hit albums of any Australian artist. In the live arena, Cold Chisel’s farewell tour, The Last Stand, is still the highest grossing concert series by an Australian band ever.

In 1984, within a year of the last Cold Chisel show, Jimmy released his first solo album “Bodyswerve”. This was followed a year later with “For the Working Class Man” – a seven times platinum record whose title track became Jimmy’s signature song. “Freight Train Heart”, released in 1987 gave him his first Number One single with “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love”.

His first five solo albums were multi-platinum sellers, which all debuted at Number One, culminating in the 1991 release “Soul Deep”, which sold a staggering nine times platinum.

All in all, Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums.

Throughout his career, Jimmy has been a passionate supporter of Australian music and has championed many up and coming musicians. He has worked with some of the country’s leading entertainers, including INXS, Diesel, Kasey Chambers, John Farnham and Archie Roach, to name a few.

Since 2000, Jimmy has continued to record and tour, hitting the Number One spot again with “Double Happiness” in 2005 and “The Rhythm and The Blues” in 2008.

In 2014, Jimmy’s 15th solo studio album, 30:30 Hindsight was released and immediately charted at #1. Once again, it found Jimmy surrounded by family and friends in his home studio, this time revisiting some of the biggest hits from his solo career, along with a few deeper cuts and personal favourites.

A Cold Chisel reformation followed and 2015 saw the release of a brand new recording ‘The Perfect Crime’ and sold out national ‘One Night Stand’ Tour that included the last ever Australian band to perform at the Sydney Entertainment Centre plus a live performance at the 2015 NRL Grand Final.

As successful as his studio work has proven to be over these past three decades, what all the stats and official accolades don’t show, but we all know as fact, is that Jimmy Barnes is primarily a primal live act.

Along with all the hit records and anthemic songs, there’ve been literally thousands of live shows. And as we’ve all witnessed firsthand, there’s nothing quite like experiencing Jimmy Barnes in concert. He never leaves anyone in any doubt of exactly who is, and always has been, the hardest working man in rock & roll.

He’s expanded his career into television and is the public face and supporter of a wide number of fundraising campaigns and charity.

Just to confirm his unique status, Jimmy has been inducted into the Aria Hall of fame twice – once with Cold Chisel in 1993 and then as a solo artist in 2005.

And now with a self-penned biography and new Soul Searchin’ album scheduled for release later this year, Jimmy has no plans to stop working just yet.\n “Life’s good,” he says. “I’m fit, I’m healthy, I’m doing yoga – who would have thought? Yoga and medication … I mean meditation! And the family’s great, Jane’s great. And I think I’m singing better than I’ve ever sung, so I may as well just keep at it.

Past Chieftain of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc.

  • 1978 Robert Smith (deceased)
  • 1979 Colin Sinclair
  • 1980 Ray Thorburn OAM NSW Rep for AAGRA
  • 1981 David Scotland OAM, BEM, CyC, PHF (deceased)
  • 1982 Stanley Hardy
  • 1983 Bruce Menzies
  • 1984 Harry MacDonald (deceased)
  • 1985 Rosemary Nicholson Samios
  • 1986 Malcolm Broun QC (deceased)
  • 1987 The Lord Forres
  • 1988 William MacLennan Chieftain of the Clan MacLennan (deceased)
  • 1989 William W Broun (deceased)
  • 1990 Fr. Peter Lamont
  • 1991 Angus Graham (deceased)
  • 1992 Garry Barnsley OAM
  • 1993 Greg MacLennan
  • 1994 The Lady Kirstie Saggers
  • 1995 Iain MacNeacail (deceased)
  • 1996 Dr. Ian Cameron (deceased)
  • 1997 Sir William W Broun (deceased)
  • 1998 Peter Alexander
  • 1999 Alexander McPhie, Commander of Clan MacFie
  • 2000 Sir William MacPherson of Cluny, Chief of Clan MacPherson
  • 2001 William Green OAM (deceased)
  • 2002 Alistair Guthrie Davidson of Davidston,, Chief of Clan Davidson (deceased)
  • 2003 The Lady Kirstie Saggers, Chieftain of Clan Graham, Australia
  • 2004 Malcolm Murray 12th Earl of Dunmore
  • 2005 Torquil Donald MacLeod of the Lewes
  • 2006 John MacNeacail of MacNeacail & Scorrybreac
  • 2007 Rt. Hon. Helen Liddell, British High Commissioner to Australia
  • 2008 Mr John Stewart, CEO National Australia Bank
  • 2009 Dr Frank Davidson, High Commissioner of Clan Davidson, Australia
  • 2010 Susan Cooke High Commissioner of Clan Lindsay, Australia
  • 2011 Nerida Barnsley OAM
  • 2012 Bruce Finlay, High Commissioner Clan Farquharson Australia
  • 2013 The Hon, Jamie Sempill, 21st Lord Sempill, Chief and Name in Arms of Sempill.
  • 2014 Valerie Cairney cyc, Editor The Scottish Banner
  • 2015 Norman Alexander Macdonald High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia
  • 2016 Carol Budlong President of Scottish House
  • 2017 Jimmy Barnes: Scottish-born Australian rock singer-songwriter