So where did he come from?
The Age Of Innocence
Born Patrick Edward Drummond on Apr. 2nd, 1952 at Macdonaldtown, NSW,
He went to school at Holy Innocents Infants School, Croydon where his parents moved in the late fifties, and then to De la Salle, Ashfield where he remained until 1967.
In the mid sixties, Pat began working in acoustic bands with his brothers. Ron, Danny, Geoff and Steve.
Growing up during the height of the acoustic music folkboom in Sydney, The Drummond brothers were drawn to the close harmony work of Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers. Under the influence of their eldest brother, Ron, they were drawn into the Folk scene at the PACT FOLK centre in the old Corn Exchange building in Sussex Street, Sydneyand later in YMCA Cellar In Liverpool Street. Their heroes were people like Mike McClellan, Doug Ashdown, Gary Shearston, Marion Henderson, Jeannie Lewis and Margaret Roadknight who played the Folk venues of the era.
Sneaking out with his older brothers to 'The Square' coffee house in Strathfield, the brothers were regulars at gigs featuring Phyl Lobl, The Charade, Warren Fahey and many other folk luminaries.
In time, Ron and his brothers including Pat, along with 12 string guitar whiz kid, Fred Pilcher, formed a Folk/Jug Band called "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" (from Ward Kimball's 1953 Disney animation classic 'Adventures In Music'), which with the support of Frank and Marion French, 'the most influential promoters of Sydney's Folk boom' worked very successfully in those venues.
Fred taught Pat the basics of double thumb ragtime picking and the dye was well and truly cast. With Pat on a capoed fingerstyle F100 six string Maton, Geoff on a Maton Bindara acoustic Bass that Ron had bought and Fred on an open Maton F150 12 string the richly woven sound provided the perfect background to Ron and Danny's lead vocals.
The enormous five-way harmony sound of the band attracted immediate attention and the boys were approached by Philips Records to sign as 'The New Seekers', on the condition that Ron and Danny were replaced by two girl vocalists of the company's choosing . It was to be the first, but by no means the last time, that Pat and Geoff told a multi national recording company to simply get lost.
The brothers were inseperable.
Over time, Pat and Geoff became the main writers for the band while Fred worked overtime as guitar tutor, harmony trainer and the general social glue in what was often a fiesty family mix.