2003 Photos - A Year of Awards


Shoestring Records Wins CMAA Independent Record Company Of The Year 2003!!

Record Company of the Year, Independent
Shoestring Records

Artists Allan Caswell, Karen Lynne & Mark Tempany
with label owners Carol &
Pat Drummond Photos (Photos by Bob Howe)

KASEY CHAMBERS and Carter & Carter have been named Australia's top entertainers at this year's Australian Country Music Achiever Awards in Sydney.

In a repeat of last year's presentations, Kasey was named Toyota Entertainer of the Year for the second year running, as were Carter & Carter with the Independent Entertainer of the Year title (Entertainer of the Year is for acts signed to major labels or distribution while the Independent award is for those without major signing or distribution).

Grenville Turner, owner/operator of leading Australian music distributor One Stop Entertainment, was named winner of the prestigious Industry Achiever Award.

Dynamic record label Compass Bros Records was named winner of the Capital News Major Record Company of the Year award while Shoestring Records won Independent Record Company of the Year.

ABC Music Publishing took out Pages Event Equipment Publishing Company of the Year, also for the second year running, while leading record producer Rod McCormack was named Producer of the Year.

Cori Hopper, a relative newcomer to the country music scene, took out the Country Music Channel Video Director of the Year title while Mike Smith, owner/operator of NfS Publicity and Editor of Country Music Capital News, was named winner of Media Achiever of the Year.

The Brisbane-based Country Music Store took out the Retailer of the Year award, also for the second time running, while Kasey Chambers was named winner of the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) Award for Most Broadcast Country Artist.

Winners were announced during a gala presentation tonight (Monday, September 15) at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club.

2003 Achievers Awards - The Winners - Full Photos

2003 Achievers Awards - The Performers - Full Photos


bottom (from left) CMAA Vice President John Arnold with Independent Entertainers of the Year Merelyn and David Carter and Denis McNamara from Canterbuty Hurlstone Park RSL Club.



Yet More Awards Dept-:

Pat Inducted into the Australian Country Music Hands Of Fame 2003

Tamworth: Six new famous country music names were immortalised in concrete in Country Music Capital's Hands of Fame in Tamworth at the 2003 Awards

The 2003 Hands of Fame names were announced by the Australian Country Music Foundation at the Roll of Renown Concert .

They included... Pat Drummond and long time touring partner and friend, Andrew Clermont, along with Adam Harvey, Paul McCloud and Joyce and Kevin Durdin, .

Andrew Clermont is one of Australia's best-known country instrumentalists. A multi Golden Guitar finalist, he has travelled all over Australia and the world playing his music and has released a number of albums.

Pat Drummond was cited as " a balladeer and songwriter whose songs about real people capture the Australian spirit and who has had much success as an entertainer and recording artist over the years including being named Independent Artist of the Year at the 2000 Australian Independent Country Music Awards." In a reference to Pat's label, 'Shoestring Records' and his work on the board of Country Music Assosiation of Australia, Presenter Jim Brown also stated that Pat "had done more than any other artist to heal the divisions between Independents and Signed artists in Australian Country Music."

Joyce and Kevin Durdin have spent 50 years in the country music business as performers, touring and recording artists. They have travelled with country music legends such as Buddy Williams and released five albums including a recent collection of their best songs and previously unreleased tracks.

Adam Harvey has been a rising star of country music for more than 10 years, winning two Golden Guitars in vocal collaborations but coming into his own last January when he took out the Male Vocal and Album of the Year awards.

Paul McCloud is a well-known country music touring and recording artist. During the past 20 years, he has travelled all over Australia and released 14 albums.

The 2003 Hands of Fame imprinting ceremony was held at the Hands of Fame Cornerstone in Kable Avenue on Saturday, January 25. The Country Music Hands Of Fame Cornerstone was established in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital, in 1977 as a tribute to people who had made a name for themselves in Australian country music. Inductees are determined by the Australian Country Music Foundation (ACMF) on behalf of Tamworth City Council.

The cornerstone is located in Hands of Fame Park (originally CWA Park) at the corner of Kable Avenue and Brisbane Street, Tamworth.

The Hands of Fame are co-ordinated for the City of Tamworth by the Australian Country Music Foundation.


Naked Poets 3 Wins "Album Of The Year" at The 2003 Bush Laureate Awards

2002 Australian Bush Laureate Award winners 

A capacity audience in Tamworth's famous Town Hall witnessed the seventh annual presentation of Australian Bush Laureate Awards today.  The gala Awards presentation in Tamworth on Tuesday, January 21st was a sellout event featuring performances by Adam Brand, Brendon Walmsley, Melinda Schneider, Sara Storer, Wallis & Matilda, Jim Haynes, Jim Brown, Frank Daniel, Karm Gilespie, Marco Gliori and Shirley Friend (of the Naked Poets), Neil McCarthur, Gary Fogarty, Jack Drake, Roderick Williams and Glenny Palmer. A stunning entertainment program provided a perfect backdrop to this year's presentation of Golden Gumleaf trophies.

The Best of the Bush presentation looked at Banjo Patterson's bush heritage, in a tribute, in verse and song by Adelaide actor, Karm Gilespie

The Winners in the 2003 Australian Bush Laureate Awards were announced before a capacity audience in the Tamworth Town Hall.

In Book of the Year, the winner was Songs Of The Droving Season, written by Bruce Simpson, published by ABC Books.

In Book of the Year, Original Verse, the winner was Frogs And Dogs And Kids, written by Roderick Williams, published by Bonza Blue Dog Publications.

In Album of the Year, the winner was The Naked Poets 3 ... butt seriously released by Shoestring Records.

In a moving tribute to the late Bobby Miller, the group's producer and singer/songwriter Pat Drummond, flanked by his fellow Naked Poets and Sandy Miller, told the capacity audience

"Country music is rich in tales of families who become acts and go on to become successful businesses. No less wonderful, however, are those acts that start as businesses and go on to become families. This was very much the case with Naked Poets. There is no doubt that our family has suffered a massive loss this year with the passing of Poetry Legend, Bobby Miller. But Bobby will never be entirely lost to us. He lives on in the albums we recorded together; he lives on in the poems and songs that he left us; poems that are constantly recited by fledgling Bush Poets around the nation. He lives on in the Spirit of the Bush Poetry fraternity and he will live on in the people you see standing beside me on this stage tonight. This One's for you, Bob."

The Single Recorded Performance of the Year, went to Bigger, Sharper Spurs by Gary Fogarty (on the Bigger, Sharper Spurs album) released by Restless Music, produced by Roger Ilott.

Gary who performed the poem magnificently showed the audience just why it was selected. It was a satisfying development to see some serious poetry returning to favour in the awards after all the comedic successes of recent times. Fellow nominee, Jack Drake, who was last years winner, also mesmerised the crowd with a superb rendition of his timely poem " The Realities Of War"

The late Bobby Miller of The Naked Poets was one of the Grand Finalists in this category.

Winner of the Judith Hosier Heritage Award (named in honour of the Awards founder) was ABC Regional & Rural Radio.

This was the eighth year of the Australian Bush Laureate Awards which were instigated in 1996.

This now Brings The Naked Poets Tally Of Golden Gumleaf Awards to a total of eight, more than any other act.

Bobby Miller of the group was the first recipient of the awards in 1996 and held three awards.

Murray Hartin received the awards for the Book of the Year and Original Book of the Year awards with his publication Turbulence And Other Hot Air from finalists Bob Magor, Veronica Weal, Bill Scott and Roderick Williams in 2002

2001 saw the Naked Poets receive Album of the Year for 'Naked Poets 2 new directions' and Best Single Recorded Performance for Marco Gliori's 'The Other Homebush Games'

In 2000 it was Murray Hartin's 'Turbulence' from Naked poets 1...liev which landed Best Single Recorded Performance for the group.

and last but certainly not least.......

Carol Drumond has won the NSW TAFE State medal for her academic record in the Associate Diploma of Social Science.

Carol Drumond has won the NSW TAFE State medal for her academic record in the Associate Diploma of Social Science. This is a course she completed by correspondence part-time over 9 years enabling her to ascend to the role of Temporary Authorised Supervisor of Lawson Preschool from the position of the office clerk during that time. Her academic record of distinctions was broken by just one annoying credit (for an assignment Pat helped her with...bad move!) She did all this while raising Pat's children and grandchildren, running Shoestring Records for 13 recording artists and doing the tax, the books and chasing the invoices for Pat's business. Add to that thirty years of cooking, cleaning and ironing for three generations of people and you can see she needs to get involved more.

As the state's premier student in the NSW TAFE Associate Diploma in Social Science she received the award at The Carlton in Parramatta.


Vale Ron Drummond

As many of you are aware, October 2003 saw the passing of Pat's Elder brother, Ron

Ron, was heavily involved in Pat's recording and performing career, and in production, with multiple other acts including Eddie and The Starlighters, The Zarzoff Brothers and The Conway Bros. Band throughout the 80's and 90's. He passed away at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred hospital from complications arising from a year-long battle with lymphoma.

On August 7th we organised a fundraiser for Ron's family and the Leukemia Foundation who did so much to support him and his family during the last year; at The Harp Hotel 900 Princes Hwy, Tempe.

The night featured some auctions of Ronaldo memorabilia. There were a lot great memories shared. Clair and family wish to express our gratitude to all who attended and supported the night.

A whole new section has now been added to this site dealing with Ron's history. Thanks to the large number of people who attended The celebration of his life in October.

Visit Ron's Website to add your thoughts

"Grief and Change" / Ron's Website

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