:: About Me
Malcolm Hamerston is a professional and career drummer, heralding from Lincoln in the United Kingdom. He possesses a long and global reach of drumming experiences spanning over forty years and three continents since turning pro in 1970 at the age of just twenty.
He initially earned his stripes in the hardworking and prolific era of the UK live music scene in the 60’s, before moving into regular stints at some of London’s landmark social institutions such as The Savoy and The Dorchester.
He worked throughout Sydney, Australia in the 1980’s and 90’s, performing in an array of bands in all the popular live music venues, further expanding his repertoire of playing styles and genres.
In 2008 he moved to Nashville and quickly became a fixture in the colossal country music scene of that city, further enhancing his multitude of skills.
This year he moved back to Sydney, to rekindle his love of the Australian music scene and share his skills with those looking to learn.
“I took up playing drums at the tender age of 11 after watching Ringo perform with the The Beatles.
I played in a few local bands in the Newbury area in the UK most notable of which was Burlesque with Den Clarke (Guitar), Jeremy Waller (Keys), Harvey Booth (Vox and blues harp) and Bob Howe on bass which (for their time) were a very ‘progressive’rock band playing tunes (mainly covers) in odd time signatures in the late 60’s.
In 1970 I was offered the drum chair in Country Fever..I knew their current drummer John Kitchener and he took me for a ride in his Lotus one freezing day, bought me a pint and suggested I ‘audition’.
This I did (reluctantly) as I knew nothing about country music. However the band liked my approach (as being somewhat different from the regular ‘country’ drummers)…and offered me the full time gig. They were the band of the time and had such players as Gerry Hogan, Roger Dean, Albert Lee, Adrian Legg and Pete Oakman. We toured Britain and the Europe prodigously and did many sessions for the BBC.
From there I worked in various bands…one such was with Kenny Lynch in his line up called Nan Careys Wood. In the late 70’s I was offered a job with The Wallace Collection..a ‘society’ band who played functions at the likes of the Dorchester and Savoy and various stately homes throughout the land. The hours were tortuously long but the money was very good and allowed me to save enough to come to Australia in 1980.
I have been very fortunate to have worked with most (if not all) of the major singers and ‘acts’ in my time in Sydney also priviliged to work with some of the finest musicians too. I was also fortunate enough to play on many sessions and albums throughout my years here in Sydney.”