IN HIGH DEMAND
AS NEIL DIAMOND
"Not only does he look and sound like him, at times I thought I was watching Neil Diamond himself." - Shane Ritchie
Gary Ryan has been performing on stage from the tender age of fourteen, the same age he purchased and taught himself to play his first guitar and play along to the likes of Neil Diamond, Elvis, Eagles and The Beatles. He went on to make regular stage appearances both solo and with various bands, in the UK and overseas.
In the mid 1990s, Gary was accepted onto the popular TV series Stars In Their Eyes as Neil Diamond and after winning his heat went on to appear in the first ever “live” grand final of that same TV series. He proudly came in second place in the final and at the time there was a dispute in the media of telephone lines failing due to unprecedented response from the public. 13 million viewers were reported to have tuned into the program that evening, a night Gary and the rest of the finalists of that series will never forget!
He also joined the original line up of ‘The Legends show’, which then was called, ‘The Great Legends of Rock’. As time has proven this became a very popular show and Gary carried on performing in ‘Legends’ in UK theatres, along with two tours of New Zealand and all around Europe, including corporate events and also in front of celebrity and royal audiences.
For Neil Diamond fans, Gary Ryan is the ultimate tribute.