Pat Drummond  - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2022 - in Katoomba!

Pat Drummond

Pat's amazing four decade long career has seen him pass through a half dozen 'reincarnations' that have produced an incredible body of original work in as many different musical genres.

Beginning with his spectacular stints as Sydney's 'King of the Hill' in the anarchic sing-along uni/bar/pub scene of 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.

For many in Sydney, his 10 year Friday night residency at Sydney's Rest Hotel was a rite of passage and the pub saw well over three hundred thousand fans pass through it's doors during that time. The night before it's demolition in the mid eighties the whole amazing soundscape was captured by Sony on the Double CD, Live at The Rest Hotel.

Pat's next project was the 1986 Rock opera Skooldaze. The show, which saw Pat and his six piece Rock outfit in short pants and full schoolboy regalia, toured with Cold Chisel and Marcia Heinz in 1985 and 1986.

With the demise of Skooldaze Pat was press-ganged by friend, Roger Corbett into a revived version of the Bushwackers and shortly after became a duo partner to John Schumann after having supported Redgum on a national tour.

With the release of his Tales from the Local Rag CD in 1990, Pat adopted the on-stage persona of an 1940's newspaperman. On stage and off he dressed at The Reporter for his fictional paper, 'The Local Rag', interviewing at every opportunity those people who subsequently became the subjects of his songs. From Pat's point of view they were a conscious attempt to break the inevitable connection that had grown up between the entertainment and alcohol industries, as well as being a tremendous forum for meeting a broad cross section of Australians and gathering the kind of stories that were to become the basis of the next five albums.

By 1993 Pat had been Joint Winner of Male Vocal of the Year at the Australian Bush Music Festival and was Grand Finalist for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Heritage Award and Country Song of the Year in the Toyota CMAA Australian Country Music Awards (The Golden Guitars).

Meanwhile yet another strand in Drummond's remarkable career was about to deliver his most ourtlandish and unexpected success to date. Since Laughter Like A Shield in 1993 each of Pat's albums had incorporated at least one poem with his Wheels and Wires CD (1996) yeilding the strikingly beautiful Colours Of The Cross .

Meantime Pat's immersion in commercial country had shifted his songwriting style again, this time to a romantic country duets album with 2002 Independent Female Country Vocalist, Karen Lynne. Produced by legendary Australian Country Producer Rod Coe, Six Days in December saw them pick up the 2001 award for Contemporary Country Song of the Year with a duet called The Rush, which had previously already taken out two sections of the Queensland Songwriting competition and prevailed in a strong field which included Slim Dusty's tour de force, Looking Forward, Looking Back penned by ex-Cold Chisel veteran Don Walker.

In 2001, Pat confronted his following with an astonishing bipolar theatrical metamorphosis... The Chess Set, which created not one, but 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.

In a series of highly charged political songs almost calculated to completely alienate his conservative country music following, The Left Wing Black Knight and The Right Wing White Knight took up the cudgels over issues such as Australia's involvement Iraq Waq, The Refugee Detention Centres, Reconciliation and more.

A new duo album with Karen Lynne The Long Journey Home hit the ABC airwaves in April 2008.

In July 2008 Pat's new close harmony three-piece comedy outfit, the BBQ Kings was signed to ABC/Universal. Back in comedy mode (and in the dress up box) with fellow songwriters, Tony Williams and Chris O'Leary, the show is set around three old mates who meet at a BBQ after not having seen each other for nearly a decade and ....they all have issues!!!

Their first album The Fellowship of the Grill which chronicled the triumphs and tragedy of the middle aged male became a grand Finalist in the Comedy Album of The Year at The 2009 ARIA Awards.

In October 2017 In Like Flynn, Pat's Tribute to The Royal Flying Doctor Service released on his 22nd Album, Late Final Extra, received The Heritage Award at The Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Pat's current shows feature music from all of his previous incarnations and a splendid and challenging time is guaranteed for all.