For this Anzac eve special, Smith will be experimenting with a new three-set format. The first two sets of the concert will feature songs from Fred’s acclaimed Dust of Uruzgan album which draw on his experiences working alongside Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013. The final set will centre around material he wrote after working on the dramatic evacuation from Kabul in August 2021.
Reviews from the February performance of this new were glowing:
“A beautiful retelling of Australia’s Afghanistan experience...”
Adrienne Francis, ABC 666, Saturday Breakfast, 19 February 2022
“This was more than a concert. It was an astute analysis of Australia’s 20-year involvement in the Afghan War from a humanitarian who witnessed the many shades of war first hand.”
Ian McLean, City News
“Finely observed snapshots of a harsh, sad and funny reality…In concert he has a knack for balancing drama and humour…towering artistic achievement”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Fred Smith is an Australian national treasure. Diplomat, philosopher, poet and raconteur his songs reverberate with the prophetic voice of humanity…an extraordinary, wonderful and heart-uplifting concert.”
Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle
Performers: Fred Smith, Dave O’Neill, Mitch Preston, Matt Nightingale, Kim Yang.