Fred Smith & Band – Album Launch: ‘Great’

October 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket price: $27 in advance; $30 on the door.

Fred Smith & Band

Album Launch: ‘Great’

Sunday 15 October @ 7.00pm – 10.00pm | Ticket price: $27 in advance; $30 on the door.  | Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/309984
Over the last 15 years Fred Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most interesting songwriters. Now he launches his new album, ‘Great’, a rollicking musical hayride through American history, politics and pathologies.
Fred will be accompanied by an all-star band including Liz Frencham on double bass, Carl Pannuzzo on drums and piano, and Dave O’Neill on guitar and fiddle.
With the USA going nuts, Fred Smith returns from the dust of Uruzgan to revisit his fascination for things American. ‘Great’ features some high-level piss-taking befitting the subject matter. But it also brings to the fore Smith’s deep appreciation of Americana musical formats, and his fascination with American history, politics and pathologies.
He has spent the last 15 years all over the place – working on peace keeping missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific, touring in America and travelling the Australian festival circuit. He is the subject of the film Bougainville Sky about his time in the war-torn islands of the South Pacific where his work as a musician and radio broadcaster contributed to the success of the world first unarmed peace keeping force.
Fred was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan, Afghanistan in July of 2009.  He wrote a powerful collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in this difficult war, released in 2011 on a high acclaimed album called Dust of Uruzgan.
He has put out eight CDs, two of which won National Film and Sound Archives Awards.
 “The music of Fred Smith comes straight from the front line…raw, ribald, but also capable of moving grown men to tears.” – John Huxley, SMH.
“…Smith has a love–hate relationship with America, which he has neatly coupled to a wry and profound understanding of that complex society”. – Bruce Elder, SMH.
Dust of Uruzgan (live in Afghanistan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SjelOnGWoU
The Swaffel Song  (live in Afghanistan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIRdw4t8uHQ
Going Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqTd_COTe4