Biography of Grant Luhrs
Once Upon a time, in the little town of Tabbita (40 km west of Griffith), Grant and two of his friends stayed up all night and wrote a song called Let’s Get A Cow. The next day Grant created the Tabbita Record Company. The year was 1981 and Let’s Get A Cow became the company’s first single release.
Since then, Let’s Get A Cow has appeared on One Foot In The Bidgee (Luhrs and Crawford), You Gotta Laugh! (Grant and the Chook Raffle Band), and has been recorded by Lester Coombs, Chad Morgan, The Victorian Police Band and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra!
Grant was living in Griffith (his home town) in 1981, performing solo in a Chinese Restaurant. In 1982 he moved to Wagga Wagga, established The Flying Fox Recording Studio and teamed up with Hugh Crawford.
Many songs were written: The Longyard Hotel written by Grant won the Longyard Hotel Song Competition in 1985. Grant has been to every Tamworth Country Music Festival since then.
Luhrs and Crawford released One Foot In The Bidgee in 1987. It featured Two Old Ladies Dancing, Stealing My Heart (also recorded by Jimmy Little) and Matilda. The title track became a theme song for Wagga Wagga.
Midnight In Paradise was released through BMG in 1990. It gained Luhrs and Crawford two final five Gold Guitar nominations in 1991 and an ARIA nomination the same year.
Since 1991 Grant has pursued his solo career –
- Men Without Shoes was released in 1992.
- Festival Records released Campfire (1995). It enjoyed much success with Heart Of The Night making it to Number Six on the National Country Music Charts.
- You Gotta Laugh! (1997) was released through EMI. It featured Nude Bootscootin’ which spent a number of weeks on the charts at Number One. It became Ian McNamara’s (Australia All Over) 1997 Song Of The Year. It also took Grant and the Chook Raffle Band to the River Island Nature Retreat in February of 1998 to perform the song to 64 nude line dancers, creating the World’s First Nude Boot Scooting Record. The CD also features It’s Hard To Be A Cowboy With A Poodle By Your Side, Always Someone Bigger, and Off Like A Dog Shot In The Arse.
- Pick Of The Bunch (1999) featured the best songs off the first four albums.
- Life Aint So Bad In The Doghouse (2000) is a comedy album with the Chook Raffle Band.
- Another Story (2003) features a mixture of Grant’s songs and songs written by some of his songwriter mates.
- Songs Of The Riverina (2005) features Don’t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga, The Road to Gundagai and many of Grant’s songs written about the Riverina.
- The Best Part Of Love (2008) is a collection of love songs.
- JIM HAYNES & GRANT LUHRS PRESENT – A COLLECTION OF COMIC VERSE
From the “classics” and old favourites to modern verse; with various styles – ranging from
Broad Aussie dry humour to the whimsical, satirical and irreverent humour.
Grant and the Chook Raffle Band is a featured act at many Country Music Festivals around Australia. They were invited to represent Australia at The Nanning International Folk Festival in China in 2007. Artists from 23 countries performed at the festival, the highlight being a live TV broadcast to 6 million people. They were also invited back to China in 2009 to the Zhangjiajie International Country Music Week.
Full Moon Tonight is the latest album from Grant. The title track has been featured on Ian McNamara’s Australia All Over radio show and also his Top 100 CD release. A Farming Man is also on the album – it features in Macca’s Top Ten tracks for 2013 and is also a Final Five Finalist in the 2014 Bush Laureate Awards. Grant has also been and continues to be a guest performer on Macca’s Theatre shows around Australia.
Biography of Mel & Susie
Mel and Susie are award winning, true-blue entertainers. Their 2-woman variety show features stand-up comic verse, outrageous yarns, Aussie bush poetry, a bit of singing and a lot of bull. These versatile ink-slinging wordsmiths will tickle your fancy and touch your heart.
Mel and Susie toured Australia for nearly 10 years performing everywhere from campfires to corporate events. They entertained and educated school kids all over the country and delivered adult workshops on writing, performing and memorising bush poetry.
They love festivals and you might have caught them at Tamworth, the Gympie Muster, Stone the Crows or Parkes Elvis Festival; or perhaps at their winter residency (out in Winton, Qld for years) and now in Lightning Ridge, NSW where they perform daily through winter at The Opal Park and run their own Bush Theatre ‘A Hidden Gem’
Biography of Greg North
Discovered wandering in the Blue Mountains, this man of many hats will have you wondering which voice is really his. Known for his rendition of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ in 15 different accents and his adventures with sticky tape, the voices and characters in his poems and yarns could be the result of medical experimentation or maybe he’s just a freak of nature. Whichever it is, this three-time Australian bush poetry champion brings his many characters to life whenever he performs. His Bush Laureate Award-winning CD Frackin’ Fricker and his DVDs are great ways to relive the experience.
Biography of Gary Fogarty
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.
The life for a bush poet is never dull and Gary balances his time between guest performances at well known Festivals such as Gympie, Tamworth, Mud Bulls and Music, and Booyup Brook , conducting writing and performing workshops for both school children and adults, corporate entertainment, voice-over work, roving announcing at Festival such as Chinchilla Melon Festival, Tara Festival of Culture, Australian Camp Oven Festival, and Gayndah Orange Festival, compeering a wide variety of events, as well as dabbling in song writing and composing Customised Poems for a growing client base.
While the entertainment industry is notorious for being fickle and no performer can take their future in the industry for granted, it would appear that with a long list of achievement and awards behind him, a burning desire to continue searching for ways to improve and that lifelong passion for his craft, that Gay Fogarty will be a part of the entertainment scene in this country for a long time yet.
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