Fred Smith, accompanied by Liz Frencham on double bass, will be playing songs from his rich back catalogue and his brand new album ‘Domestic’. Fred is renowned for his extraordinary travelogue albums “Dust of Uruzgan” and “Bagarap Empires”. With this show, he will be turning his attention to the domestic frontier with the wit and whimsy that has made him one of Australia’s most beloved songwriters.
Fred is a favourite on the Australian festival circuit, loved for his wry worldly wit, gift for story and melody, and sublime collaborations with Liz and the Spooky Men’s Chorale. He was the subject of an ABC TV documentary about his work as a diplomat in Afghanistan and conflict zones in the South Pacific. And he wrote a book, “The Dust of Uruzgan”, published by Allen and Unwin. He has recently turned his hand to a collection of songs about contemporary Australian politics and pathologies – the results are hilarious!
“…he has a knack for balancing drama and humour; for punctuating the poignant with a laugh, and sometimes vice versa. He exudes an easy charm that finds its perfect counterpoint in his long-term collaborator, the effervescent bassist, singer and fellow-songwriter Liz Frencham.”
John Shand, SMH
“about as good as contemporary singer/songwriter folk music gets in Australia. Smith is a superb songwriter with a wry sense of humour and a wonderful eye for the idiosyncrasies of modern life … and Frencham has a voice with all the appeal, emotional honesty and clarity of someone like Shawn Colvin or Mary Chapin Carpenter. Yes, really, she is that good…There is no other folk duo in Australia which even comes close to this magical combination.”
Bruce Elder, SMH
“His CD was good, but his live performance blew me away.”
Rich Warren, WFMT Chicago
“Fred Smith is one of this country’s most literate, humorous, intelligent and empathic songwriters.”
Warwick McFadyen , the Sunday Age
“An acclaimed purveyor of finely crafted contemporary folk songs…One of Australia’s most outstanding songwriters”
Daniel Sanderson, Canberra Times