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November: Fred Smith in Concert

November: Fred Smith in Concert


Willunga Show Hall, Main Road, Willunga, SA 5172, Australia


Friday 2 November 2018 at 8pm
Doors open at 7pm

About November: Fred Smith in Concert

Fred Smith

“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, SMH).

Fred Smith has been a favourite 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 an Australian Story feature about his work as a musician and diplomat in war zones from the South Pacific to Afghanistan. His album Dust of Uruzgan earned him comparisons with top-flight Australian songwriters Don Walker, John Schumann and Eric Bogle. And he recently wrote a book, The Dust of Uruzgan, published by Allen and Unwin and available in all good bookstores.

Fred will be playing Stone Pony presenting songs from his new double album, Great - a rollicking musical hayride through American history, politics and pathologies.

Great was rated No album of 2017 in by Chris Lambie in Rhythms magazine, and has received rave reviews in the press (see below).

With the USA going nuts, Fred Smith has returned from the dust of Uruzgan to revisit his fascination for things American. This new CD 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.

Reviews for ‘Great’

“Smith turns his love of American history and literature in to a double dose of songwriting bliss…a worthy addition to your American/folk collection.”


“Great is a wonderful album…insightful, poetic and often personal…beautifully drawn vignettes of the human experience”… “outstanding and a must have. ‘Great’ is his best yet.”

CD review By Ian Phillips; psnews.com.au 

“...one of our finest lyricists...he shows true mastery of crafting melodies and marrying them to the words without recourse to a shotgun. Add his natural wit, keen powers of observation, unassuming delivery and understated accompaniment and he effortlessly draws you into the world of each of these character-driven songs.”

John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 November 2017

“Smith is great…again”. 

Chris Lambie, Forte Magazine

Brought to you by:Wirra Creek Music

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