“It is about time Australia caught up with Fred Smith.  This remarkable singer-songwriter – who at various times reveals influences that range from Paul Kelly via Lou Reed to Loudon Wainwright III to Leonard Cohen – keeps releasing amazingly accomplished albums.” – Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

“…The evening seemed to permeate deep into the audience’s psyche… an unforgettable night out with a relaxed vibe overall, and highly reccommend for those who want a glimpse of Afghanistan beyond the headlines.” – Deborah Hawke, The Barefoot Review

Fred performing Dust Canberra playhouse credit Geoffrey Dunn

 

Over the last 10 years Fred Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most remarkable artists. An award-winning songwriter, comedian, journalist and radio broadcaster, he is the subject of the film Bougainville Sky about his work on peace keeping operations in the war-torn islands of the South Pacific. Fred presents his material with an engaging humour and a wry smile that has won hearts at festivals in Australia and North America.

Dust of Uruzgan is a collection of songs Fred wrote while working as a tribal and political adviser alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. The songs and stories are complemented by visual projections donated by Australian Defence Force photographers who patrolled alongside the troops. Fred brought Dust of Uruzgan to our office last year and played to a sold out crowd. We had to get him back for a tour and this year the show will travel to Coolamon, Adelong, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga.

Check these dates to see if Fred is coming to a shire near you and click here to access Fred’s Youtube channel where you can learn a bit more about the show!

6 APRIL – 7:30 pm Riverina Conservatorium of Music, Wagga Wagga

7 APRIL – 7:30 pm Town Hall Cinema, Temora

8 APRIL – 7:30 pm Soldier’s Hall, West Wyalong

9 APRIL – 7:30 pm UP2DATE Store, Coolamon

10 APRIL – 7:00 pm Batlow Literary Institute, Batlow