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"Debbie Sweeney" <email@example.com>
A soft heart heart here, with a love of good music,and this lovely
country. You have no idea just how much the other night in Tamworth
meant to me,or maybe you have....The talk and friendship meant
a lot to me.
The song about Marlowe's Cottage "
Coming Home" is astounding, the lovely music and story
with its amazing glimpses of English, and then Australian landscapes
just wonderful,magical stuff.
Keep on touring and bringing your voice ,talents and passions
to the attention of us everyday Australians. Do continue to take
'the road less travelled.'
Take good care,
Debbie and Jim Sweeney
One piece of the Jig Saw
Caught the show yesterday. The polished style of The Wiseman's
Ferry concert was certainly a contrast to those first frenetic
days of the Hero Of Waterloo days back in 1978. I thought It
would be remiss of me not to share some of my snapshots of you
back from those early days.
The winter of '78 was my first year in Sydney having come
from the good side of the divide. It was by accident I stumbled
into the Hero of Waterloo
one Thursday night. There I first saw your performance. My jaw
was a permanent fixture on the beer stained carpet. That night
was a tonic and an inspiration. From 1978 until roughly 1982
I went to Dr Red Birds, The Rest and Journeys End. Indeed I carried
your speakers out into your old green Cortina Wagon and eventually
acquainted myself with Ronaldo and a fellow whose name I think
was Wayne. He is on the cover of your first album. After every
gig my throat was also hoarse!!!
Who can forget those nights at the Journeys End on Sunday nights
when one had to pay a one dollar note to get in then suffer the
indignity of drinking cider.I brought my one year old son one
Sunday night and he slept through the whole show. He now tinkers
with the guitar, such was your influence.
The Rest Hotel was always a great night. I made a point of arriving
early then sitting on the large box to the right of the door.
There I could see everyone and also pull faces at you during
those deep and meaningful moments. At the Hero I met a fellow
called Mick, a pommie fellow. You and he shared the odd port.
The interesting thing about those days was your ability to bring
together such awide range of individuals and make them one, you
the conductor, us the instruments.
What a great time what a rage again many characters with
you the school master conducting his students. There was the
Sth Curl Curl Surf Club for a 21st when you let me have a play
and sing, there was The Bridge Hotel, Sydney University, Paddington
Green plus you and John FARNHAM at the San Miguel in 1981 before
his big comeback. Magic!
My memories are many. I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday at Wisemans
Ferry and admire how you have advanced as a story teller. That
is enough of the sucking up.
This'll jerk you back to reality. I have attached three
photographs from the Journey's End taken in 1979-80. I hope they
provide a memory.
All the best,
Bill & Faye EYLES (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"victor altavilla" <email@example.com>
I was surfing the net the other night and found your website,
(i must have been surfing the sex sites.)
Its great to hear that you're doing so well and congrats
on your recent awards. looking through your fan mail i came across
the one from Bill and Faye, They brought back alot of memories
with the photos of journeys end. i often check the gig guides
to see when you're playing in Sydney but you're always bloody
out west or on tour and I'm a Bondi boy.
Steve would probably remember me. I remember when he sang
at Waynes 21st, great night.
I haven't seen Wayne ( Wayne Carroll
was our very first Roadie circa 1977) for a couple of
months but Wayne is still wayne, working at the fish markets
and betting on horses,
We'd love to come to one of your gigs soon. Are you heading
to the east at all? ( We have'nt had a
regular since noise pollution closed the beer garden at The The
Coogee Bay several years ago. We hopefully have some Sunday arvos
at The Bondi Hotel Beer Garden coming up soon, mate. Pressure
your local publican!) I'll also have to get a hold of
some of your new material.
from:- ex member of the pat drummonds debauched tabernacle
choir of background singers.
Congratulations to you and Karen Lynn on your TSA Contemporary
Song of the Year Award for "The
I recall saying to Karen Lynne back on the 2nd March last
year "There is a certain chemistry in "The Rush"
that makes this a truly beautiful song."
Well done indeed.
"Tamara Stewart" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thankyou
once again for giving me a copy of your "Through the cracks"
album. (When we were with John Nutting at ABC in Sydney)
My favourite song is 'somebody
else's slides' and I just want to say that the many times
I have listened to it since you gave it to me. I am still moved
by the way you've told this remarkable tale.
Thanks Pat, I just wanted you to know that your generous gift
is very inspiring. And I congratulate you on that song, and the
rest of the album
thanks for the memories
is there an album that documents your years spent at the Rest
Hotel? I am 36 years old and remember the good old days where
the place was so packed no one could get to the bar so folks
would hand over their money to bloke next to them and, amazingly....money
went up those lines of people and the beer and change came back!
I have your first album (yes, I still have a record player) and
love it! I want more of your old stuff as well. I realise you
have moved on from those halcyon days - but what about the fans
that that were there in the early days? If I have to purchase
vinyl, I will.
Thanks for reading this, and thanks for any response that may
come back my way. Keep up the good work - eager to see you back
'round Sydney soon.
Craig (monsta) Montgomery
Yep, There is a double album called
'The Age Of Rage 'which was recorded live at The REST a month
before it was demolished and which was originally released through
Sony on the 'True Blue' label. I have now regained the right
to this album and it is available through any record shop on
Shoestring Records or here at http://lisp.com.au/~patdrum/Pat%20Drummond%20Releases.html.
It remains a pretty special memory
for a lot of us. The last song from that album, "The
Rest Is History" documents the
entire history of that little Pub so any of us called home and
for me says it all.
All The Best
Question about "Darling Downs"
From: Kayracer@aol.com wrote:
Hi from Kathryn Raistrick from Illinois:
Re; The Through The Cracks album and, specifically, The
Darling Downs", Would you, when you have free time.....,
explain to me "a few hoops of wire on the roadway, slowing
the truckers down..? I can't imagine this. Well, I can, but few
of the pictures make sense and a few look pretty illegal. I understand
"road trains", but the hoops of wire??
Would appreciate hearing from you.
KLR Illinois USA
"hoops of wire on the roadway",
means exactly what you would think I guess, and, yes, it is very
illegal....if they are caught laying it.
Many of the drover's along the open
Australia stock routes have taken to putting a light weights
coils of fencing wire on the road behind where a mob of cattle
It's only a light weight wire so
it does not do any damage the vehicle, however it makes quite
a row when it catches in underneath your truck suspension. It
an effective way of slowing traffic.
And The outback is, after all, along
way from anywhere and most of these roads aren't policed.
All the best,
CURRENT GIG GUIDE
"Paul & Jenny" <email@example.com>
A person which I work with is a real heavy metal freak---but
he knows I don't work too well with the heavy metal--so he brings
another tape to bring to listen too on the way up to Newcastle
from Wollongong---its your last tape from from the REST--he says---have
you heard of this bloke---i say--PAT D!!!!!!---legend---so we
are best mates---isn't it great when you hear things like this.
What a night!
"Pat Drummond" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
G'day Pat you won't remember me, My Name is Andrew Hodgson,
We met at the 1997 (Songmaker?) Award dinner and presentation.
Afterwards we all ended up back at Allan Caswell's Motel Room.
Allan and Norma Murphy and yourself had a 'pass the guitar' and
played nothing but new original songs 'till 4 in the Morning.
It was a great night!
I've recently replaced Dave Crasswell in (Treacle Line,)
we Toured Melbourne and Sydney recently and i happened to raise
(Why is it that Pat Drummond has never Recieved the Success he
Deserves?) and Peter Scott Obviously remembered 'Cause he Just
the News of your Election to the CMAA Board and the winning of
the (Independant Country Music Artist 2000) Award.
So I just Wrote to Say Excellent Dude, Congratulations!
Look forward to seeing you in Tamworth again this Year.
RE: Award Wins
Therese Schilt <email@example.com>
We are thrilled to hear that at last !!! your music has
been recognised and appreciated. They comment on your last 12
months but this tribute should be to your last 12 + years.
Again - well done and we hope you and your family enjoy
The Schilt family
"Guy E. Fraser-Hills" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I simply wanted to write and say thank you for playing at Curzon
Hall. It was wonderful to see you again after all these years,
and it bought back
so many great memories.
I know that everyone had a fantastic evening. It still amazes
me that you continue to find such inspiration. Without a doubt
your music is greater than ever.
Thank you once again. I certainly hope to catch up again soon.
If my wife and others from last week have anything to do with
it, it may be every three months!! They want to organise something
Warmest personal regards
PETE DRUMMONDS SET UP
"campbell cb robinson" <email@example.com>
Hi there Pat .My name is Campbell Robinson I am a drummer
based in Melbourne.I absolutely love SIX DAYS IN DECEMBER . "The
Rush" is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard.I
have a question for your son Pete and would appreciate a reply.What
size drums and cymbals does Pete use on that recording? and What
Also is there much country drumming work in N.S.W... and
is Pete going to be doing any clinics down here? Sorry to bombard
you with questions but much appreciated.
Kindest regards .Campbell
Thanks for the kind words about"The
Rush". As to the rest, I'll hand you over to Pete.
All The Best
Thanks for getting in touch with me, It's always a pleasure to
get feedback from other drummers (such as yourself). It was a
very rewarding experience to be involved in the making of Six
Days, It was the first time that I felt I was able to contribute
to the music in an interesting and subdued way. And, I'm glad
that you enjoyed it. Obviously, that style of music is a different
animal to the Bushwackers', energetic (and sometimes chaotic)
blend of folk and rock, so it was a nice change to record some
more acoustic music. Not, to say I didn't enjoy my time with
the 'wackers, in fact it was definitely the most fantastic way
to see the country, with great people, who imparted to me, so
much of their knowledge about the industry; and the gigs were
always a hoot.
I'm currently involved in any number
of projects from pop to jazz to funk, and a lot of clinics. So,
I'm not as involved in the country scene any more, but I do the
odd country gig here or there and have been offered some touring
with Tanya Kernaghan. I know that Steve Boyd has been very busy
with Adam Brand, and Tanya, and he's a mate of mine here in Sydney.
As far as my set-up for the Six Days
album. It was a standard five piece set-up as follows:
DRUMS: Pearl Masters Custom
20" Bass drum,
10"x 8" Tom
12" x 9" Tom
14" x 14" Floor Tom
14" x 4" maple snare
14" K Custom Dark Hi Hats
16" Oriental Trash Crash
18" Oriental Trash Crash
20" K Custom Ride
I've just returned from SA and the
Territory, performing drum clinics for my major sponsor, Pearl
and I am heading to New Zealand in June for more of the same.
Although nothing is scheduled at the moment, I'm sure that I
will get to Victoria later in the year.
Thanks again for your interest, All
"Doug Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You will not remember me. I live in Vancouver, Canada and was
back in the old home town (Sydney) for Christmas.
My sister is Dot (and Brian) from Dural. I saw you play at the
old Vickers pub. I was with my two daughters also, Tony and Vicky
and Jill Howard.
I purchased a CD "LOCAL RAG"at the time and tonight
I had it on. It brought back so many memories of the trip. Including
the wonderful day out on the harbour (cruise) where you performed
and celebreated your dads birthday. My daughters boyfriend got
into the act as well as it was his b'day as well. Thank you for
Anyway, I just want to say thanks to you for being a provider
of good Aussie tunes. " Flicker of an eye" can bring
a lump to my throat!!.
Keep up the good work.!!
Say hi to the regs at the Vickers, if you are doing a gig there
from Doug and Barb in Canada.
AN OLD SAKE HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Kylie and Trevor Arnold" <email@example.com>
Have just catalogued my CD collection and couldn't pass the "old
Rag' CD without giving it a plug on the player. "Living
in the Territory' is now very apt as I am a permanent resident
and loving the life. Goodness knows how you guys put up with
city living in the old smoke................great place to visit
but the tail end of a boeing 737 is more attractive (sorry but
honesty is the best trademark!?#@$)
Seems you've been bloody busy the last decade! You've come a
long way since the ol' Rest hotel at Milson's Point. Congratulations
on recent awards at Tamworth
although my 'recent' is a bit belated! Great to see the family
is doing well and natural extension occuring...........
Last I saw you was at the old 'butter factory' at Kempsey..dragged
half the town to the venue and they loved you!
Haven't seen many decent folk artists here in Darwin so we tend
to fish/dive/swim/golf etc in personal company.
I would love to hear you are coming to the Territory! If you
do, give us a yell...........if you enjoy fishing, I'll tee up
a trip with Alex Julius onboard my boat, the Bettyboo!
OK mate take care and look after the family...
(The old young customs officer who came to her senses and got
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