The Gentle Giant of Country Music, Reg Poole has been elevated to the Roll of Renown, and received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006.
He has been in the art of entertainment for over three decades, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
The three times Golden Guitar winner is one of Australia’s best known and loved bush balladeers.
He is also a talented award winning songwriter who has toured this vast land many times over. Reg’s live performances sweep the audience through a wealth of experiences and emotions with breathtaking ease, a unique and inspiring journey deep into the heart of real Australian Country Music.
Reg was born in Rushworth, Victoria, just after World War II and grew up on a dairy farm at Tatura on a block his great grandfather selected in 1871. He formed his first dance band in the 1960s, but it was 1972 when he recorded a custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his local Shepparton radio station. On the strength of this, he gained a contract with W&G Records in 1973, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame” song winning his first Golden Guitar in 1974.Reg joined Selection Records in 1977 issuing numerous highly successful recordings over the next almost 30 years including many successful concept albums such as his popular truck and rodeo theme releases.
His second Golden Guitar was for “Warrumbungle Mare” in 1981, and his third in 1985 was for “When The Big Mobs Came To Bourke” in 1998, Reg won Album Of The Year at Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards, and in 1999, he was named Victorian Entertainer of the Year.“The Gentle Giant” of country music, as he is known, tours constantly and performs all over Australia.
As well as keeping a fast pace on the road, Reg makes time available for many charity shows and activities.Reg is the 33rd inductee to Australia’s highest country music honour. The Roll of Renown is presented annually to those artists who have made a lasting and significant contribution to Australian country music.He joins many Australian legends such as Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Slim Dusty, Shirley Thoms, Gordon Parsons, The McKean Sisters, Reg Lindsay, Rick & Thel Carey, Johnny Ashcroft, Chad Morgan, The Hawking Bros, Stan Coster, Barry Thornton, Shorty Ranger, Jimmy Little, Ted Egan, Dusty Rankin, Rocky Page, Brian Young, Rex Dallas and Frank Ifield on the Roll of Renown located in front of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre.
Reg was also presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia day 2006 for his contributions to Country Music and the Community.Reg Poole is one of the leading bush Balladeers in the country.
To see him in concert is to be taken on a journey of discovery about the people and the places of Australia and beyond. Definitely a journey not to be missed.