Ali McMordie

Alistair Jardine "Ali" McMordie (born 31 March 1959 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a bass guitarist, who made his name with, and was a founding member of, Stiff Little Fingers. He was with them from their inception in 1977 until they broke up in 1983,[1] and joined them on the first few years of reunion tours five years later.

Ali McMordie
McMordie, in a 2006 promotional photo for Stiff Little Fingers
Background information
Birth nameAlistair Jardine McMordie
Also known asAli McMordie
Born (1959-03-31) 31 March 1959
OriginBelfast, Northern Ireland
GenresPunk, rock, pop
InstrumentsVocals, bass
Years active1977 – present
LabelsChrysalis, Rough Trade, Rigid Digits
Associated actsStiff Little Fingers (1977–1982, 2006–present),
Friction Groove (1982),
Sinéad O'Connor (1986),
Moby (1994–present),
Dan Donnelly (2006)

After Stiff Little Fingers disbanded in 1983, McMordie formed Friction Groove with a group of Reading musicians who were in a successful local band, Between Pictures. Friction Groove secured a deal with Warner label, Atlantic, and went on to record an album - The Black Box - in Berlin and Brussels, from which the first single ("Time Bomb") charted very briefly.

Around 1986 he provided, along with other Friction Groove members, the core band behind Sinéad O'Connor, who had just arrived in London from Dublin. Ali was later sacked.

Between 1992 and 1994 Ali McMordie was executive producer for the Peace Together Irish concert events. Since 1994 he has been the tour manager for American artist Richard Hall AKA Moby (with whose band he has sometimes played bass). Ali has also been used as the live bassist for Belfast singer-songwriter Dan Donnelly, having played in Dan's live band at the Beautiful Days Festival 2006 in Devon.

In 2006, it was announced that McMordie was to rejoin Stiff Little Fingers for their current tour, and subsequently that he was rejoining the band on a permanent basis. As of 2018, he is still playing bass with SLF.

Besides being a live musician, McMordie runs Alistair McMordie Tour Management.


  1. Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 655. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

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