Paul Fogarty is a performing singer-songwriter born in Clifton, Queensland, Australia, raised among cattle, sheep, corn monsters, poisonous snakes, floods, famine and other events of biblical proportions.
He feverishly writes dozens of new songs every year as if on a mission to save the world from greed, brutality, corruption, ignorance, delusion, and lies.
Paul started living early. He began smoking cigarettes at seven and quit when he was fourteen. "I decided it wasn't helping," he says. He started driving tractors at 8, cars at 9 and combine harvesters at 10.
Paul wrote his first songs at age 15. "They just sort of came into my head," he says. "I thought that's what you did when you turned 15..."
Paul played his first solo songwriter concerts straight out of high school and played 150 gigs his first year. Since then he's been through university, got his BA in journalism and arts, studied philosophy and history ("They're better than drugs"), and worked at a confused and chaotic catalogue of dead-end jobs for many a long year.
"I drove cabs in cities where I didn't know where anything was," he says. "So I got a job at the post office sorting mail. I had to learn all the postcodes so it forced me to know where shit was."
He worked in the public service, the department of employment, the department of education, and eventually wound up as public relations manager in a hospital in Brisbane.
After moving to Sydney to work for two years as an investigative journalist Paul started receiving death threats and more than once was followed home by unmarked cars.
In 2000 Paul's then girlfriend convinced him to quit being a journalist and devote himself full time to his songwriting and concert performance. Having no sustainable counter argument Paul agreed and quit his job for a life of music. 2000 was also the year Paul started up an Original Music outdoor concert with his friend and fellow musician Jay Bishoff called The Peregian Originals. These concerts were held two Sundays a month and are still continuing today 14 years later after enormous community support and burgeoning popularity. Today's concerts see upwards of 1000 people in attendance, and all the acts play their own original songs.
In 2003 Paul eased back from the already popular Peregian Originals and moved to Germany to get married. He stayed for 11 months and played some Irish pubs, some festivals, some Songwriter events and opened for Status Quo. "I got the idea that Germany and Europe might be better suited to my style of music than Australia was," he says.
Paul and his wife returned to live in Australia in 2004, bought a house, had a daughter, and Paul released his third album "Born Naked" which attracted the attention of Universal Records in New York City and also artist manager, promoter and music figure Joe Lamont (formerly from Melbourne) in Nashville.
Paul decided to quit living in Australia for good in 2008 and moved back to Europe so could "live among people I can never hope to understand."
Since arriving in Europe Paul has toured with Arrested Development, recorded hundreds of new songs many of which have been played on radio and other medium in Australia, Europe and North America.
Paul has written more than 1000 songs, plays many different instruments including lap-slide guitar, piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bass and percussion and is constantly on tour through small and medium sized clubs, cafes and acoustic venues throughout Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Austria.
2014 sees Paul's first mini tour in the UK with show dates to be announced.