In 2004, Jim Haynes wrote and compiled a book entitled Cobbers – Stories of Gallipoli 1915, which was a series of first hand accounts, stories and verse written by men who were at Anzac Cove and by writers like Steele Rudd and Henry Lawson, from accounts given to them of the famous campaign.
Many of these accounts, poems and stories had been out of print since the 1920s and some, stored in the archives of the Australian War Memorial, had never before been made public.
In recent years Jim has written a series of songs based on some of the verses and the thoughts and feelings expressed in those long forgotten writings. Now Jim has created a one-hour dramatic presentation comprising music, songs and dialogue that explains to ordinary Australians exactly what went on during the eight-month campaign that is so important to out national character.
Accompanying the dialogue are original songs written by Jim. Some of which are based on verse written on the battlefield or by other poets at the time. The songs are presented by Jim, Grant Luhrs and young Queensland singer Katelyn O’Donoghue.
Grant Luhrs commenced writing and recording songs in 1981 and has since produced 13 of his own albums, mostly original music and lyrics. He has had hits with Let’s Get a Cow and Nude Bootscootin’.
Katelyn O’Donoghue grew up signing to the cattle on a North Queensland property. Home schooled and just sixteen, she has already sung professionally for several years and has toured New Zealand and recorded two EPs.