Jimmy Barnes releases children's book & album, Och 'Aye Gnu

Australian Icon Jimmy Barnes has put pen to paper to create some truly unique poems in his new release through The Five Mile Press, called Och Aye G'Nu.

"Och Aye the G’Nu was written for my grandchildren, especially my cheeky little red headed Scot. Glasgow holds a special place in my heart and it was also inspired by my love of Scotland” Jimmy says.

The story follows G’Nu, a happy young wildebeest who lives in Glasgow Zoo with his very best friend, Kangaroo, as they set off on adventures far and wide.

A CD of Jimmy reading the poems is included in the back of the book, so kids and loved ones can recite the poems together, creating a beautiful extension to the storytelling.

The Australian rock icon also worked with children's music icons, The Wiggles, to release Och Aye G'Nu the album of music, coinciding with the release of his book.

“It has been such an honour and a pleasure to work with my old friends The Wiggles, on this project. Anthony is the best in the world in this field and he guided me through this project every step of the way. We had a lot of fun doing it too," said Jimmy.

The album features Lachy, Emma and Simon Wiggle along with former Wiggle Jeff Fatt and Jackie Barnes adding to the musical merriment! Jimmy is the voice of his cheeky character Och Aye the G’Nu and is also joined by most of the Barnes family for star performances that will captivate children and families.

"The songs on 'Och Aye the G'Nu' are absolutely beautiful, they come from Jimmy's heart. There's also a great sense of fun, perfect for the young listener. Every morning we'd come into the studio and be so excited, we knew we were working on a very special project for children. It was one of the greatest experiences working with Jimmy," said Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle).

Och Aye G'Nu The Album, out NOW. Buy here.

Och Aye G'Nu book, out NOW. Buy here.

You can hear Jimmy reading his poems from Och Aye G'Nu all next week, starting Monday 3rd April, for Story Time on Little Rockers Radio. Make sure you switch us on at 11am and 5pm (AEST) daily!

The new album is up too - listen out daily for Jimmy singing along with The Wiggles!

Take a look behind the scenes...


We have Och Aye G'Nu for you! There's 5 books and 5 CDs to giveaway! Check back onto Facebook on Monday 3rd April at 8pm for a week of giveaways!