Gardyne theatre date for Tom and Jack

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PERFORMING for 50 years and remaining one of Scotland’s most popular acts, the Alexander Brothers are back on the road with an appearance at Gardyne Theatre on Friday, March 30.

Australia’s Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall are just two of the venues Tom and Jack have stormed in the past, now they have the Dundee’s newest theatre in their sights.

With their professional ‘vintage’ the boys have seen a lot of changes. Back in 1964, when they outsold the Beatles in Scotland with their single Nobody’s Child, theatres all over the country were closing down – a trend that was set to continue for nearly half a century.

The brothers made their first appearance as professional entertainers in Arbroath. Ross Bowie became their manager, an association that lasted 35 years. He introduced them to songwriter Tony Hatch who took them to London and recording fame. They had their own TV series for many years and appeared on the legendary ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’.

They were born in Cambusnethan, near Wishaw. Tom started to learn the accordion at the age of nine and Jack started piano studies when 11.

On leaving school the ‘boys’, as they were affectionately known, gained valuable experience in front of live audiences by entering talent contests all over central Scotland, turning professional in 1958.

Now, in 2012, the brothers can take to a new stage in Gardyne Theatre in the heart of Dundee College’s £48million campus.

The brothers’ blend of popular songs and Scottish folk music has been maturing longer than the most malt whiskies and the resultant performances are set to satisfy the appetites of fans of all ages.

The Alexander Brothers are appearing at the Gardyne Theatre on Friday, March 30, at 7.30pm.

Tickets (£15/£12) from Dundee City Square box office, call 01382 434940 or visit www.dundeebox.co.uk.