Pat DRUMMOND (2003)
1952 - Born Patrick Edward
Drummond on April 2nd, at Macdonaldtown, NSW,
His high school years were not
a very happy time and many of his experiences were later to
become the basis of his Rock Opera
released in 1986.
Mid 1960,s - Began working in
acoustic bands with his brothers Ron, Danny, Geoff and Steve.
Growing up during the height of the acoustic music folk boom in
The Drummond brothers were influenced by people like Mike
McClellan, Doug Ashdown, Gary Shearston, Marion Henderson,
Jeannie Lewis and Margaret Roadknight. The brothers were
regulars at gigs featuring Phyl Lobl, The Charade, Warren Fahey
and many other folk luminaries.
Ron and his brothers, along with
12 string guitar whiz kid, Fred Pilcher, formed a Folk/Jug Band
called "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom. Fred taught Pat the
basics of double thumb ragtime picking and with Pat on a capoed
fingerstyle F100 six string Maton, Geoff on a Maton Bindara
acoustic Bass and Fred on an open Maton F150 12 string the
richly woven sound provided the perfect background to Ron and
Danny's lead vocals.
Over time, Pat and Geoff became
the main writers for the band while Fred worked overtime as
guitar tutor and harmony trainer.
1973 - Applied for and was
awarded a teaching scholarship to
(eventually The University Of Western Sydney)
Pat began to write and score
original orchestral music for Weddings and Masses and set about
assembling a 26 piece orchestra called
The Haymarket Players
expressly for the purpose.
Pat and Peter Hunt wrote and
orchestrated masses at
St Peter Julian's Catholic Church
in the Haymarket for over three years.
In late 1976, Pat went to see
Paul Kelly in concert at The Journey's End Wine Bar in
Woolloomooloo. Kelly did not turn up and Pat got the job
instead. Seven years later he was still there performing every
In the late 70's and early 80's,
Pat became renowned for writing what were effectively musical
mini-operas that included whole sections scripted for and
performed by the crowds.
By 1979 the bars had become too
small and Pat moved into the Rock venues. Selina's, Didi's, The
Tivoli, The Betsy...few escaped Pat's unique blend of
His contribution to the
reintroduction of comedy into Rock venues was recognised early
by Rodney Rude who invited him to perform at the Comedy Store
soon after its inception in early 1980.
Two albums ("What
you See is What You Get" & "Pat Drummond")
spread his appeal further, but Pat was still looking for
opportunities to advance his writing.
In 1983 he began work on the
An album called
recorded and produced by Richard
Batchens was released in May 1985.
The album was well received but
the strains of touring a band as well the financial constraints
of keeping such a large operation on the road saw the eventual
demise of the concept in mid 1986
In September 1985 Pat was
invited to join the
guest guitar player during Tommy Emmanuel's absence, and in
January 1986 shared a spectacularly successful East Coast Tour
1986 - Pat and
instituted and organised the
Contemporary Acoustic Performers Organisation, also began "Currawong",
an acoustic band which attracted considerable and favourable
comment in Venues around The Blue.
January 1987 - Teamed with
on a nationwide Tour which introduced him to British
Invited to contribute to the Larrikin compilation album "Never
Underestimate the Power of a Song",
an album which drew on the talents of
1988 - Staged his
2500th Solo performance.
With the decline of the Pub Music circuit in general and his own
growing desire to return to concert work it was clear that
change was in the wind.
1989 - Release of the Live
"The Age Of Rage - Live At the Rest Hotel".
Signed to Music Sales Publishing
Australia in a deal which brought him a substantial advance,
enabling him to mount a full studio album the following year.
1990 – Released “Tales from the Local Rag”.
1993 - Joint Winner of Male Vocal of the Year
at the Australian Bush Music Festival.
"Laughter Like A Shield".
International tours to
and another National tour with
1996 – Released "Wheels and Wires".
Late 1990’s - Became regular
performer at Folk, Bush and Country Music Festivals.
1998 - Pat's long standing
interest in spoken word led to a successful association with
The Naked Poets.
Pat realised The Naked Poets on his Shoestring label and with
sales in the tens of thousands nationally it was an overwhelming
1999 - Elected to the Board of
The Country Music Association
2001 - Pat created an
astonishing bipolar theatrical metamorphosis “The
two new characters, dressed half in white, half in black with
half a beard. Pat began an in-depth musical examination of the
political divisions that had emerged throughout Australia
in the first half of the current decade. 2002 - Shoestring
Records had a roster of 32 albums, was representing 10 acts and
was supplying over 600 shops across the breadth of the
2003 - Pat was inducted into
Australian Country Music Hands of Fame
in, the same year that Shoestring was awarded
'Country Music Independent Record Company of the Year'
at the gala Industry Achievers Awards in
2004 - A double boxed
interactive CD which featured 26 new songs, was released
2006 - Pat's live 4 - 1/2 hour
one man theatre show from the project featured at The Blue
Mountains Folk Festival and The National Folk Festivals
2006 - A Series Of Shows to
celebrate his 30 Years in the Business were held at
Harp Hotel. In July 2006 he played his 5,500th gig at Eastside
Arts in Paddington.
2007 - Back and solidly touring
nationally, as the Gig Guides of the time show. Inevitably the
tours brought a welter of brand new journalistic songs.
April 2008 a new duo album with
Karen Lynne "The Long Journey Home" hit the ABC airwaves and was
immediately embraced by Country Music Broadcasters nationally.
July 2008 Pat's new close
harmony three-piece comedy outfit, the BBQ Kings was signed to
ABC/Universal. Their first album 'The Fellowship of the Grill'
chronicles the triumphs and tragedy of the middle aged male.
2016 - Awards the Tamworth Songwriters' Association
Songmake of the Year Award.