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
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.
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.
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.
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.
He's expanded his career into television and is the public face and supporter of a wide number of fundraising campaigns and charities.
A new album of soul covers was released in June 2016 called, Soul Searchin' and Working Class Boy his recently released autobiography.
On Australia Day 2017 Jimmy Barnes was appointed an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to the performing arts as a musician, singer and songwriter, and through support for not-for-profit organisations, particularly to children with a disability.'
Jimmy Barnes lives in the Southern Highlands, in nearby Berrima, and has privately attended Brigadoon in the past. He will be made most welcome by those attending the 40th Bundanoon Highland Gathering.
For more about Jimmy Barnes visit his website at: www.jimmybarnes.com/