Born in Sydney, Jim went bush to teach in towns on the Darling River, and in Northern NSW. He spent several years working in Britain and gained two masters’ degrees in literature, Jim started the Bandy Bill & Co Bush Band in 1977 and also worked in radio on 2NZ Inverell and the ABC’s popular Australia All Over program.
In 1988 he signed as a solo recording artist to Festival Records. Other record deals followed, along with hits like Mow Ya Lawn, Since Cheryl Went Feral and Don’t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga. He created the first morning variety shows at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and toured his own shows, as well as touring with artists like Slim Dusty.
Jim has released many albums of his own songs, verse and humour and written and compiled over twenty books. His latest book releases with Allen & Unwin are ‘Best Australian Bush Stories’ and ‘Best Australian Yarns and Other True Stories’. He still works as an entertainer and has a weekend Australiana segment on Radio 2UE.
Laurie McDonald Bio Port Fairy 2015
Laurie McDonald is a Canberra city-bush poet who regularly performs at functions and festivals, his poetry featuring such larger than life characters as Merkyl Crud, Jimbo, Slugger McGraw and others with their gallant tales of derring-do, along with more pensive observations of life’s many foibles. A winner of reciters awards, his CD “Laurie McDonald Live…at the Murrumbateman Pub” was a finalist for Album of the Year in the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth in 2014.