Making memories at Toowoomba's Summer Tunes
ENTERTAINER Cathy Drummond spends a lot of time on the road travelling between gigs, so she's happy to be staying close to home for her Summer Tunes event at Picnic Point again this year.
"I had a crazy six weeks in September/October where I did 22 gigs, drove 9000km and was flown to Derby in WA ... but I absolutely love what I do; I've no complaints," Cathy said.
Despite a long drive back from a show in Maroochydore, Cathy sounded full of enthusiasm when Seniors finally caught up with her about 6pm recently.
She has been appearing in Summer Tunes as part of her duo 2 Timing with Walter Morellato for about five years and says the diversity of the program Toowoomba Regional Council organises is what makes it great.
Summer Tunes features local musicians in free, live music at popular parks across the Toowoomba region every weekend through January and February.
"It's just such a nice relaxing atmosphere," Cathy said.
"People bring their picnic rugs or chairs, sing along, and quite often we get people up dancing."
While Cathy said "all our parks are beautiful", she reckons the rotunda at Picnic Park is pretty close to the perfect place to perform, and for friends and family of all ages to get together.
Cathy and Walter have a huge repertoire of songs from the 1940s to today's hits, from Judy Garland and Doris Day to Adele, and Elvis to John Denver and Abba, and are happy to take requests.
The classics, she said, never die, with the music of Abba and Queen particularly spanning the ages.
While she loves performing with Walter, 95 per cent of Cathy's work is as a solo artist playing for a huge variety of functions and ages, including regular Seniors events such as the Mayor's annual Over-80s Christmas Party and the monthly Morning Melodies at Oakey RSL.
She said she'd love to see more such events offered locally for older residents.
She recalls one woman coming up to her after a concert with a tear in her eye after Cathy sang the wartime favourite We'll Meet Again, telling her she hadn't heard the song since she was 15, but could still remember that day exactly.
"That's one of the beautiful things about singing these songs; it transports people to a time and place in their life when they were younger, and they sometimes share those memories with me, which is very special, a real honour," she said.
Cathy's father Kevin Wade was a country music singer in the 1970s, and having married and raised her own family, she began singing professionally about 22 years ago.
A country girl at heart, she welcomes the chance to hit the road and enjoy the open spaces, even if that does mean a 12-hour drive, as in the case of one of her more "unique" gigs, the Windorah International Yabby Races near Birdsville, which she has played for the past 20 years.
"I'll sing anywhere, any time," Cathy laughed.
To see the full Summer Tunes calendar, which includes concerts at Queens Park, Picnic Point (2 Timing plays February 17), Laurel Bank and Newtown parks as well as regionally at Cambooya, Cecil Plains, Crows Nest, Goombungee, Oakey and Pittsworth, go to events at tr.qld.gov.au.
To find out more about Cathy, go to www.cathydrummond.com.au or phone 0429 465 427.