Gary first came to prominence in the late 1980's at a time when a real protest-music culture emerged from the Afrikaner community in South Africa. The sentiments articulated by these artists resonated with a lot of young South Africans and the popularity of the music grew exponentially. This "movement' had a name: Voëlvry, and it was born at Shifty Records' home-studio, south of Johannesburg.
Sometime after the Voëlvry tour, Gary invented a "whisky sodden ou' who he called Archie Pelago and in 1991 the Archie Pelago album, "City Country' was released on Underground Records. Gary referred to it as having been "made with mostly bubble gum and elastoplast.' As he put it in his as yet unpublished memoir: - "As far as songs in the traditional sense of the word go, I think some of my best ones appear on that cassette. Of course it's all heartbreak and snot and stuff but hey, it's a country record.' Jannie "Hanepoot" van Tonder and Willem Möller, both fellow Voëlvry survivors and ex-GBB appeared on the album.
In 2003 he collaborated with ex-Kêrels drummer Neil Fishwick (with whom he grew up and attended the same primary and high schools in Germiston) on the critically-acclaimed Blomkrag project and released the album "Boere Country'. The album featured Willem Möller, a guitar-slinger of note who has appeared with Rodriguez, Big Sky and Nataniël, to name a few and with whom Gary appeared on Koos Kombuis' "Niemandsland' album.
Gary Herselman - vocals,
Max Mikula - guitar (left), Albert Frost - guitar (right),
Janus van der Merwe - tenor sax,
Rusty Stanley - bass,
Andrew Cleland - drums, Chris Letcher - piano, organ, Wurlitzer, production.