In 2008, Sydney Morning Herald critic Bruce Elder wrote “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.”  Fred Smith has been a favorite on the Australian festival circuit for years, much loved for his gentle wit, gift for story and melody, and sublime collaborations with Liz Frencham and The Spooky Men’s Chorale. Now the rest of Australia is catching up with Fred Smith.  He was the subject of a recent Australian Story feature about his work in Afghanistan and on peace keeping operations in the war-torn islands of the South Pacific.  The title track from his acclaimed album, Dust of Uruzgan, has been covered by country music star Lee Kernaghan. Fred recently wrote a book, The Dust of Uruzgan, published by Allen and Unwin and available in all good bookstores. Accompanied by an all star band (Liz Frencham, Carl Pannuzzo), Fred will be playing his songs from the acclaimed Afghanistan album, Dust of Uruzgan, as well as his new album “Great.”

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