A serious motor vehicle accident in 1985 resulted in Gary fracturing his spine in five places. It was while recovering from his first stint of spinal surgery that Gary turned his hand to writing bush poetry.
Some years later Gary pushed aside his chronic shyness and stepped on to the stage to start his performing career – it was the Gympie Muster Poetry Competition in 1993 where he finished way back in the pack. Gary returned to Gympie in 1994 and won that same competition and a new career was started.
Continued deterioration of his back problems resulted in Gary retiring from normal employment in 2006, undergoing further spinal surgery and plunging full time into a career in entertainment.
Gary is now one of the busiest performing bush poets in Australia, with the demand for his services as testament to the quality and popularity of his work.
A regular performer at major festivals such as Tamworth, Gympie, Kempsey (Slim Dusty Festival) Boyup Brook, Mud Bulls & Music Queensland; Gary has performed regularly in every mainland state of Australia and twice internationally in Hollywood USA as a member of the Australian Performing Arts Team.
Gary’s first trip to Hollywood saw him become the first ever performing poet, from any of the over fifty countries represented, to compete at the World Championships of Performing Arts. A Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals resulted, despite the fact that there were no poetry categories and Gary was forced to compete in Acting and Variety categories.
A two-time winner and seven times finalist in the prestigious Australian Bush Laureate Awards as well as the Inaugural Australian Bush Poetry Champion, Gary has continued to attract industry accolades over a career that now spans 20 years. In 2010 he was awarded the Street of Dreams Award for the most popular Bush Poet or Balladeer in Australia, an award voted on by the public.
Gary has an ability to entertain and engage the public and create a fun and festive atmosphere. He’s a proud Australian and he’s frequently labelled as The Voice of the Bush.
Gary has shared the stage with some of Australia’s big name entertainers such as Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, Sara Storer and Graeme Conners.
Supported by his wife Cindy; Gary now travels to all corners of Australia, entertaining people from all walks of life. Festivals, community concerts, corporate dinners, private parties, television and radio appearances ensure that life is never boring for this true blue country boy.
To find out more about Gary, visit his website www.GaryFogarty.com