2012: An Overheard Productions year in review

Overheard Productions

2012 in review

[Insert audible groan of indecision mixed with ‘Oh well, why the hell not’-ness.]

I realise that ‘Year in Review’ blogs and lists can seem as passé as flash mobs and….. other things that are passé.

Like saying that things are ‘passé’.

But as per the opening sentence, ‘Why not?’.

As with many things that I’ve written since age 14, this may provide a mixture of utility for others (especially if I’m reduxing your interview or news event) and utility for me. It’s a natural progression from the Year in Review emails and Farcebook notes I’ve written in years gone by.

This 2012 version was prompted by that nonsensical Farcebook function that purports to consolidate your 20 biggest moments of 2012, using an algorithm that was obviously created by a very finite number of monkeys on a finite number of very old typewriters.

Radio

My glittering pseudo-career on community radio took an extended break in May when I hung up my boots from Artsound FM.

I love presenting radio programs. I’ve discovered so much good music, so many talented performers and met so many good people through it. But it’s nice to have a little more breathing room and leisure time.

I tend to throw myself in to things like this, boots and all, somtimes at the cost of sensible balance with other things, so I have enjoyed putting my energies into other areas.

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A Punter’s Perspective #35 — Pat Drummond: A tribute while he’s still alive

Pat Drummond performs at his own tribute
Pat Drummond performs at his own tribute

A Punter’s Perspective

Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage

#35 Pat Drummond: A tribute while he’s still alive
First published in Trad and Now magazine, May 2012

Don’t freak; Pat Drummond isn’t leaving the planet any time soon that we know of.

However, in this the year that Pat celebrates several major milestones, a raft of talented musicians and others threw together one hell of a tribute show in Canberra to honour the man.

Some milestones: 60 years on the planet, 45 years writing songs, 40 years married, 35 years in the music business, and 25 years since he was arrested for climbing the harbour bridge before it was legal.

Pat, you don’t look a day over 205. Continue reading

The Pat Drummond interviews, May 2012

Pat Drummond tribute concert, Merry Muse, Canberra
Pat Drummond tribute concert, Merry Muse, Canberra

Pat Drummond interviews

The day after the tribute night before

Pat Drummond has built up a formidable musical legacy. And he’s not done yet.

So while he could attend his own tribute concert, sit in the front row, and inevitably jump up and provide a fair slice of the entertainment himself, he did just that.

The brain-child of long-time friend Craig Dawson, the night was held at The Merry Muse, Turner Bowling Club on Friday 18 May 2012.

For more details on the actual night, see the ‘A Punter’s Perspective’ column in the May edition of ‘Trad and Now‘ magazine. $4.90 in newsagents and considerably less online.

And for the audio of the actual interviews, click below. My apologies for the quality of the audio; my MP3 recorder is taking a holiday somewhere without me and has resisted all entreaties to Saint Anthony to show itself. So the audio tracks are on a very average voice recorder on my soon-to-be ex-phone.

*** THE AUDIO OF THIS INTERVIEW HAS BEEN DELETED FROM SOUNDCLOUD DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS ***

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*** THE AUDIO OF THIS INTERVIEW HAS BEEN DELETED FROM SOUNDCLOUD DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS ***

Thanks, Pat, for the last 35 years. Looking forward to the next 35.

Pat Drummond starts the evening as a mere spectator
Pat Drummond starts the evening as a mere spectator
Pat Drummond, Geoff Drummond and Fred Pilcher -- video to follow!
Pat Drummond, Fred Pilcher and Geoff Drummond — video to follow!

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