Pat and Karen Win TSA Contemporary Country Song Of The Year
Wow, a newsletter at last! Sorry, but as you'll see we've had so much happening; the mailout fell through the cracks last quarter.
Following hot on the heels of The Independent Artist of the Year award last year, Shoestring has recieved a string of awards in the wake of the success of "Through The Cracks", "Six Days In December" and the two Naked Poets albums.
"The Rush" from the "Six Days In December" album won the "TSA 2001 Contemporary Country Song Of The Year" Award against a very strong field that included Slim Dusty' s tour de force 'Looking Forward Looking Back' (penned by rock luminary and ex- Cold Chisel Keyboard man Don Walker). Karen and I were absolutely thrilled with the award which was presented at the TSA Awards at Wests Leagues in Tamworth Festival in January.
"Writing for us has always been the main game," said Karen at the Awards, "so this is a great honour indeed." "The Rush", a duet specifically written by Pat and Karen for their duets project had already been awarded both the 2000 Stan Coster Award and The Kerry Flood Memorial Awards last year in Charters Towers.
Naked Poets Clean Up at Bush Laureate Awards
The Naked Poets, the smash hit comedy troupe whose album "Lie..v" racked up sales in the tens of thousands in record shops around Australia this year, won "Album of the Year" and "Best Single Performance" at The Bush Laureate Awards in Tamworth for their sequel album, "Naked Poets 2 newdirections". As the musical end of the troupe and their record producer, I received the Album Of The Year Award on behalf of what has become a 'Dream Team' of comedy Bush Poets. Marco Gliori, Murray Hartin, Shirley Freind, Bobby Miller and Ray Essery who rounded off an amazing year with the Awards blitz. Marco repeated Murray's barnstorming performance with 'Turbulence" last year by taking out 'Best Single Performance' with his tale of outback Olympic chaos, "The Other Homebush Games" in the gala event at Tamworth Town Hall,
As a troupe we toured Queensland coastal centres in March and Early April and it was a great success. Concentrating on the large cultural Centres and ticketed by Ticketek the tour sold out completely in Brisbane and did large numbers at Entertainment Centres along the North Coast. It was rounded off wonderfully by our headlining at The Oracles of The Bush Festival in Tenterfield.
ONYA Internet Award Nomination
Finally in the award stakles our Homepage at http://www.lisp.com.au/~patdrum
February/March was spent mainly in the studio. The success of the Naked Poets has led to a substantial expansion of artists on the Shoestring label. New albums for the Naked Poets, Len Knight and Cathy Miller and a new one from ABC radio's Blue The Shearer to be recorded live at the Merry Muse in Canberra on the second and third of August . Len Knight's new album, recorded last year will be launched on Saturday June 23rd at the Travelers Rest Motel in Cessnock.
Cathy Miller, from Canada, has also released a beautiful album' on our label. "One Stitch at a Time" entirely composed of quilting songs. Those of you who loved Karen's version of my song, The Song Of The Quilt on "Six Days InDecember" will find Cathy's album an absolute joy. Marco Gliori also has a new solo offering called "Live Loud and Ludicrous" which will be released at The Gympie Muster in August. The Naked Poets 3... Butt Seriously" album will be released at The Tamworth Festival in 2002
As if that wasn't enough 'the kids' Matthew, 27 Peter, 25 and Meghan 19 under the name 'Seedling' are releasing their first album 'Photographs' in September. It is quite extraordinary. Very current and 'poppy' in its delivery and supported by a group of stunning clips produced by Matthew, the album has already been scheduled for airplay on 96.1 FM, Music Country and Channel V here in Sydney. For those of you who remember their performances as children at The MLC Tavern and The Victoria Cross Bar and wonder how the years have changed them this CD which includes the clips will be available through us from September 1st.
In addition, 'The kids' have been producing other things beside
music this last year.
On the home front it's been raining babies!!!
Peter and his wife, Rebecca's ' produced' their
1st child (and our 2nd grandchild). Ethan Isaac Drummond
arrived safe and sound at King George the Vth Hospital, Camperdown
on Wed, 7 Mar 2001. At 7lb 12oz he was a hefty little tyke and
he looks almost exactly like Peter at that age. Rebecca and babe
were well and 'over the moon' after a drug free birth.
The month of May brought two wonderful tours. One through
the North of the state where I discovered a beuatiful World Heritage
listed Rainforest in the newly gazetted Richmond Range National
Late May brought a two week ramble through Western Victoria. Firstly to Balranald (for Brian Entwhistle's Senior Safari) via Hay and then to Wagga for our 4th community concert for The Toy Library there. A big pat on the back for Alison Tanner who did a great job of organising there.
Then it was on to Melbourne to The Dan O'Connell and eventaually to Philip Island where another wonderful community concert held at the Banfield theatre and run fabulously well by Stephen and Lee Nash and Rick Banfield introduced me to a whole new set of friends.
Anyone interested in running a Community Concert as a fundraiser for their school club or organisation can contact Carol on 4784 1950 or hav a look at The Community Concert programme at http://www.lisp.com.au/~patdrum/CommunityConcerts.html.
Shoestring's Up coming Special Events Calender
The 2001 Galston Country Music Festival
This Year featuring The Fiddlers Festival, Crakajack, Acoustic
Shock/Karen Lynne, Mark Tempany, Glen Jones, Lynne Bowtell, Karen
O'Shea, Donella Plane, Luke O'Shea, Handpicked, Dave Debs, and
The Golden Saddle Awards with your Comperes : Len Knight and
Pat Drummond, Barry and Helen Kay
Vale - Nigel Stiffe
Sadly, while I was in Melbourne I received news that my old friend Nigel Stiffe had been killed at his hotel in Sydney during a robbery . Nigel was a man of great integrity and his death brought a great sadness to us all.
Along with his partner, Tony Brown, he had given me my start at the Rest Hotel in 1976 and we shared many memorable times. A great punter and sportsman; and a lover of wine, women and song in his early years, he was described as a 'larger-than-life' character at the enormous funeral, which was held at St Ignaitus College Riverview in Hunters Hill where he had attended school. Nigel will be very, very deeply missed.
Overnighting out of Melbourne I drove into in Sydney in time for the service and to share a few beers and memories at his wake. About two hundred of the publican's friend's sang The Rest is History with me and I think we felt a just little of Nigel's calm presence. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his wife and three daughters.
I hope to see you at a gig in your town soon.
All The Best