ALL Details of concerts at the end of the email!
Hello up there in Queensland,
I hope February finds you well and that the summer has been sweet so far, though “sweaty” is just as likely given the time of year and your relative proximity to the equator.
I’m writing to let you know I will be coming to southern Queensland on the last weekend of March for a run of shows with my double bass playing buddy, Liz Frencham.
On the Saturday night, I’ve teed up a Brisbane CD launch for my new CD, “Home”. My friend Chanel Lucas from Women in Docs has set up a series of concerts called West End Sessions at the West End Uniting Church, which is apparently a beautiful and great sounding space. No bar, being a church, but I understand there are one or two drinking holes in the West End if one finds oneself thirsty. Here’s a facebook page for the show, which so far has one ‘like’: https://www.facebook.com/events/. I am a genius with Facebook.
We will be playing songs from the new album (you can hear a couple of them here: http://www.fredsmith.com.au/index.php/listen) which includes the last two songs I wrote in Afghanistan, Going Home and Derapet. Apart from that it’s a much gentler recording then Dust of Uruzgan – more whimsical, less war and death.
But if it is war and death you’re after, we will be doing the full Dust of Uruzgan show in its entirety at the Caloundra Art Gallery on Thursday 26 March. I rebuilt the show on return from my second stint in Afghanistan, with projected photos from ADF photographers. The boys at the Tennant Creek RSL thought it was great, as did other people at the 40 or so venues we played around Australia. But seriously, it’s a rich and thoughtful piece with a nice balance of comedy and protein, and an honest and balanced account of what it was like over there.
We will also be doing two house concerts in the hinterlands – Maleny (with the Wilsons) and Landers Shoot (with the Venns), both lovely house concerts in good company.
All the details are below. I look forward to coming up, and hope to see you soon.
Southern Queensland Tour – 26-29 March 2015
Saturday 28 March
HOME – Brisbane CD Launch
The West End Sessions
West End Uniting Church
Cnr Vulture & Sussex Sts
West End, Brisbane
Doors open: 7.30pm; Concert: 8pm-10pm
Presale (online only): $20/18. At door: $25/20.
Thursday 26 March
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Dust of Uruzgan
22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra QLD 4551
Dust of Uruzgan
7pm doors for 7.30pm
Friday 27 March
House concert, Landers Shoot
6pm for a share dinner – please bring a contribution for the curry table
SHOW STARTS 7.30PM
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PLEASE BY 20 MARCH
$20 per person
190 Lower Landershute Road Landers Shoot
Sunday 29 March from 2pm.
Goodwills’ House Concert, Maleny Qld Featuring Fred Smith
Tickets: $15/$12 concession. Afternoon tea/coffee/cakes will be available.
Bookings essential – To book and obtain directions, please email Laurel at firstname.lastname@example.org
or ph 07 5435 2333 .
Goodwills’ Music functions are sponsored by Queensland Folk Federation.