Fred Smith in Brisbane

FRED SMITH with Liz Frencham- ‘HOME’ CD Launch                

The West End Sessions, Brisbane   Saturday, 28th March

 Songwriter and diplomat, Fred Smith, worked in Afghanistan alongside soldiers from Brisbane based 6 RAR during the northern summer of 2010 when ten Australian soldiers were killed in as many weeks. He wrote the song ‘Derapet’ following a Brisbane soldier’s request to honour his mate Jaryd “Crash” McKinney killed at the now famous Battle of Derapet. 

Fred Smith returned from his first stint in Afghanistan in 2011 and released Dust of Uruzgan. The CD earned him critical acclaim and comparisons with Australian songwriters Eric Bogle, Don Walker and John Schumann. The title track has recently been covered by Lee Kernaghan. Fred went back to Afghanistan for six months in May of 2013 and returned in November, a month after ABC TV ran an Australian Story feature on him. The documentary featured interviews with workmates, family, and the parents of some of the soldiers that Fred wrote about. Fred’s wife dropped a bombshell at the end of the feature announcing her pregnancy. Their little girl, Olympia, their first child, was born in January, 2014 which brings us to this next album: According to Fred “I’ve been spending a bit more time at home lately. The domestic frontier is not without its challenges.”

The new album, appropriately titled HOME was recorded in the Melbourne studio of Shane O’Mara, renowned guitarist and side man of choice to artists from Paul Kelly to Tim Rogers. The album has some beautifully crafted songs, with lyrics full of whim, wit and story. Home is an album about transitions, and although most of the songs are set in the domestic frontier, a couple deal with the “difficult return” faced by soldiers, including the remarkable ‘Derapet.’

“….Given its potency, his previous Dust Of Uruzgan Opus (about his time in Afghanistan) was a hard act to follow and he has responded by shrinking the horizon of his writing back to the foibles and joys of home life. But Smith loves surprises, so he opens with Ellie May a gripping narrative set in the American Civil War…..Beautiful Girl is an exquisite miniature about his new daughter, while the haunting Out There deals with the fragility of love…..most (songs) are exceptional, capped by Smith’s guiless and often surprisingly affecting voice….” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald – Jan. 2015

 Sat 28 March, The West End Sessions,  West End Uniting Church, Cnr Vulture & Sussex Sts., West End, Brisbane

Doors open: 7.30pm; Concert: 8pm-10pm

Tickets: Presale (online only): $20/18- on the door: $25/20 

Ticket link:   




TEL:  +61 2 4782 5867 (M) 0416521587

March/April – The London Klezmer Quartet  (UK) – LKQ Calling

March/April – Baka Beyond (UK)

March/April – Nuala Kennedy (IRE)


Representing in Australia: Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), The Break, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Fred Smith, Backsliders, Mic Conway & The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Dom Turner,  Jim Conway’s Big Wheel,  Neil Murray, The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Overseas ArtistsArlo Guthrie (USA), Ralph McTell (UK), Eleanor McEvoy (IRE), Sharon Shannon (IRE) Declan O’Rourke (IRE), The London Klezmer Quartet (UK), Beth Nielsen Chapman (USA), Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything (CAN), Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfetones (IRE)


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