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Fred Smith in concert with special guest Liz Frencham
Fred Smith in concert with special guest Liz Frencham
17-Nov-2012 - 17-Nov-2012 07.00 pm - 11.59 pm


Fred Smith in concert with special guest Liz Frencham

Saturday 17th November, 2012 - 7 pm for 7.30 pm, ‘til late

 “It’s 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.” So said venerable Sydney Morning Herald critic Bruce Elder in 2009, and it seems at last that Australia is catching up with Fred Smith. Some saw his performances around the country at autumn festivals from the Blue Mountains to Port Fairy. Others have heard his erudite interviews and live-to-airs on Radio National. The critical acclaim has been coming for years, but his remarkable 2011 release Dust of Uruzgan has been the watershed. Written while working an 18 month stint in southern Afghanistan, Dust of Uruzgan has been described as “a cycle of songs that are raw, remarkably honest and suitably ambivalent about war” and “without doubt, a masterpiece”. The album has earned Smith comparisons with Bogel, Schumann and Don Walker. But it also showcases the breadth of expression in his writing covering the waterfront from classic Australians-at-war anthems, to entrancing reflective ballads, to outrageous comic dirges.

 Over the last 10 years, Smith has built a rich working relationship with Liz Frencham, renowned on the festival circuit for her exquisite vocal performances and melodic stewardship of the rhythm section on double bass. Together, they will be performing songs from Dust of Uruzgan, Fred’s back catalogue and their duo albums. If you love great songwriting, come and see what the fuss is about.

Tickets  $20     Bookings are essential     Group tables available

Café open throughout; meals & snacks available; Licensed, drinks @ bar prices

MAD Gallery,  19 High St,  Lancefield.  5429 1432