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Jim HAYNES OAM (1997)

Jim Haynes

Jim was born in Sydney, the son of British migrants. He sang in a folk trio before spending ten years teaching on the Darling River and in Northern NSW where he continued singing in various bands before heading off to pursue an academic career in the UK.

After a few years travelling and living in Britain, Jim returned to teaching in Inverell, where he formed the Bandy Bill & Co Bush Band, which had some success in the 1980s recording on the Hadley Label.

Jim¹s song "Mow Ya Lawn" was picked up by the Sunday morning radio show Australia All Over and Jim quit teaching to work full-time on the show. Encouraged by John Williamson¹s manager, Phil Matthews,

Jim signed his first solo record deal and went on to write and record songs like "Don¹t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga" and "Since Cheryl Went Feral", which topped the country charts for five weeks in 1996.

 Jim is the Australiana expert on Sydney¹s top-rating weekend radio show, George and Paul on 2UE. And he is a successful author of eighteen books of short stories, verse and Australian heritage collections.

 A finalist for Collaboration of the Year twice at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, Jim is now signed to Compass Bros. Records. He tours his own shows and has also toured with artists like Slim Dusty, Adam Brand and Melinda Schneider and hosted many major Country Music events.

 Winner of the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Comedy/Novelty Song of the Year Award four times, Jim has recorded comedy duets with Beccy Cole, Ted Egan, Greg Champion, Mary and Rita Schneider and Brendon Walmsley.

He has served on the Board of the CMAA for over fourteen years and a country music representative on the Music Council of Australia.

1990 - started the first Bush Poetry Breakfasts at Tamworth’s during the annual festival. Against all predictions, they were an instant success and, in 1997, moved to the West Tamworth Leagues Club, becoming the phenomenally successful Big Bush Brekky Show, combining Jim’s unique mix of country music and humour with big name guests

1995 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Bush Poetry Breakfasts led to the release of Jim¹s first book, I’ll Have Chips! which was a huge seller, won him the inaugural Bush Laureate ‘Book of the Year’ award in Tamworth in 1996 and started a whole new phase of his career, this time as an author.

1998 -  With John Kane wins the Bush Laureate Award for Album of the Year with “Dipso Dan and Other Silly Buggers”.

2004 – Bush Laureate Award for Book of the Year with “An Australian Treasury of Popular Verse

2016 -  Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Awarded Honorary Lifetome Membership of the Country Music Association of Australia.