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Posted Thursday, December 10, 2015
Pat Drummond is an Australian Singer/Songwriter. His highly original music crosses the genres of country, folk and rock and roll and his musical career spans four decades. Based at Leura in the Blue Mountains, his style is a cross between songwriting and journalism. His well documented songs about real people and places are drawn from interviews gathered on his erratic tours across Australia and present a composite picture of that country and her people.
The Sao Song was probably the track which first brought Pat Drummond to national prominence. The song, which was catchy enough to make airplay lists all over the country, and thoughtful enough to impress critics of the ilk of Philip Adams and Bruce Elder, was, however, only a small glimpse of this truly remarkable Australian talent.
Perhaps it's this common touch, this sense of what it is to be an Australian which runs through all his work, that makes Pat's songs so accessible. He is, at the same time, a performer with an innate sense of fun and an astonishing capacity to entertain and involve an audience, and a songwriter, whose passionate commitment to this country and its people, has produced songs which are often more like one-act plays, concise and self contained; detailed social snapshots of ordinary Australians caught in the act of living.
Add all of that to lots of irresistible audience participation songs like 40 into 24, and Marilyn Monroe was a size 14 and If I Die Before Keith Richards I'll Be Pissed Off To The Max you have a show that leaves people humming for weeks after it's over. Neither a country or city performer in the traditional sense; Pat Drummond's appeal seems to cross these sorts of petty barriers fairly easily.
Bush Music Club
Hut 44 Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start. Session 10.00-11.30pm
Cost - $10
Bring something to drink & a plate for supper
Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886
Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.