Drut Profile

Glen Moffatt
12 Jan 2021

Combustible Auckland covers band Drut had rarely performed south of the Bombay Hills when, in late 1974, they packed their outlandish stage outfits, cannon and incendiary devices and boarded a plane to Christchurch to appear on the country’s newest TV music show.

Luckily for the passengers on that flight, the musicians were fairly clued up when it came to assigning the explosive ingredients to separate pieces of luggage. That was not the case when the cannon misfired during rehearsals and it was resigned to sitting unused while Drut performed.

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Drut mark 2. Back row, from left: Cliff Andrews, John Walmsley. In front, Dave Gorrie, Keith Prictor, and Mal Finlayson.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. Dave Gorrie (front), Cliff Andrews (back).
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut backing soloist Angela Ayers.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. Dave Gorrie on vocals, Mal Finlayson on drums.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection.
Drut live c. 1974. John Walmsley on bass.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie
Drut reunion, c. 1988. At back, from left: Keith Prictor, Peter Traille, John Walmsley, Cliff Andrews. In front, Mal Finlayson, Dave Gorrie.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Watch: Drut's incendiary performance on the Popco Special, 1974
Drut live c. 1974. From left: John Walmsley, Mal Finlayson, Dave Gorrie, Keith Prictor, Cliff Andrews.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. Keith Prictor (left) and Cliff Andrews. 
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. Mal Finlayson on drums and John Walmsley on bass.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut article in Auckland newspaper 8 O'Clock, Saturday, 16 March 1974.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Auckland newspaper 8 O'Clock with a scoop: Drut plans to blast a cannon at their show (6 July 1974).
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut mark 2: Cliff Andrews, Keith Prictor, Mal Finlayson, Dave Gorrie, John Walmsley.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. Dave Gorrie on vocals with Keith Prictor (left) and Cliff Andrews (centre).
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c.1974. Mal Finlayson on drums.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
Drut live c. 1974. John Walmsley on bass.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection.
Drut live c. 1974. Dave Gorrie holding court.
Photo credit: Dave Gorrie collection
The announcement of Drut's television debut - Auckland newspaper 8 O'Clock, 30 November 1974.
A weekend at Auckland's Mardi-Gras nightclub, October 1974. On Friday night, Mark Williams and Face. On Saturday night: "masters of bizarre", Drut
Members:

Dave Gorrie - vocals

John Walmsley - bass

Peter Traille - guitar

Mal Finlayson - drums

Cliff Andrews - guitar

Keith Prictor - guitar

Rex Smith - vocals

Brian Fergusson - bass