Artist feature

Gary Fogarty

Bush Poet, Compere, Announcer, Corporate Speaker, Workshop Presenter

Gary Fogarty is one of the busiest performing Bush Poets in Australia. A fiercely proud Australian, his ability to inject his own uniquely ‘bush bred’ personality and humour into everything he does, and to tailor his performances to fit all situations have resulted in his busy schedule.

Gary’s poetry has been used to inspire our Aussie Olympians, hangs proudly in the player's gymnasium at the Brisbane Broncos and several corporate Boardrooms around Australia, has inspired its own Drought Relief Campaign, featured in a series of Channel 7 advertisements for International Rugby Union tests, as well as being enjoyed countless times by bush poetry lovers all around Australia at live performances and when broadcast regularly on both radio and television.

About Gary

Gary Fogarty has succeeded in doing what most of us aspire to, turning his ‘passion’ into a full time pursuit. After years of hard work and dedication to performing Bush Poetry, Gary can now legitimately lay claim to be one of Australia’s most popular and busy Bush Poets. In a very short stint in bush Poetry Competitions, Gary won the Inaugural Australian Bush Poetry Championship and several other major competitions before moving into the professional sector of entertainment.

A regular performer at some of this country’s major Festivals for many years now, Gary has taken the next step and as a member of the Australian Performing Arts Team has taken his craft to an international audience, claiming a Silver and Two Bronze medals at the prestigious World Championships of Performing arts in the USA.

Books and CDs

  • Three Hats Later - (Book) 92 Original poems.
  • No Apologies - (CD) - Live
  • The Tartan Saddlecloth (CD) - Performing the bush verse of Will Ogilvie
  • Bigger, Sharper Spurs (CD) - 16 poems


  • World Championships of Performing Arts (Hollywood) - Silver
  • World Championships of Performing Arts (Hollywood) - Bronze (X2)
  • Australian Bush Laureate Awards - Winner (x2)
  • Australian Bush Laureate Awards - Finalist (x7)
  • Inaugural Australian Bush Poetry Champion
  • Street Of Dreams Award - most popular Bush Poet or Balladeer in Australia

Gary abilities as a performing poet are these days augmented by his reputation as an announcer/compere at a vast variety of successful events such as the Australian Camp Oven Festival, Gayndah Orange Festival, Tara festival Of Culture & Camel Races, and the Chinchilla Melon Festival etc. Gary’s ability to entertain and engage the public and create a fun and festive atmosphere is acknowledged as a major contributing factor in establishing the unique character of these events and has seen him frequently labelled as “The Voice Of the Bush”.

Gary Fogarty - Tamworth step up show
Gary Fogarty - Bungendore Music Muster
Gary Fogarty
Gary Fogarty - Toowoomba