The acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter, Fred Smith, Folk Alliance Australia 2022 “Solo Artist of The Year” will be launching his new album ‘Look’ on the Central Coast on Saturday 24 February, at the Everglades Club in Dunban Rd, Woy Woy.
He describes this recording as “a collection of songs that are not about Afghanistan”. Some, he has confesed, were written while he was there. ”They are about the stuff of our lives and the world we live in: the speed of modern life, love, isolation, and the internet in a world that seems to be lurching forward by a rolling series of crises”.
This new album, he says, offers a “warm blend of mirth and meaning, with a squiggly line of the absurd running through it. Absurdity being the only sensible response to being human! “
Fred Smith has earned himself an enviable reputation as a great singer-songwriter with a unique perspective on life and an unerring ability to focus in on his subject matter in a sensitive, moving and often quirky manner. Often he draws on a powerful voice to draw attention to an issue, such as the presures of war on Australian solidiers in Afghanistan. But he is equally well known for his honesty in songs about personal relationships. And his sense of humour is sharp, even wicked, and never far from the surface. He also sings and plays guitar very well and writes some great tunes. And his band is never short of brilliant. No wonder he is one of Australia’s most successful prformers and one of our greatest singer songwriters. Fred’s return to the Troubadour is always very special. Make sure yoou don’t miss it.
About Fred Smith
“Fred Smith is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country… Beyond writing some of the finest songs about Australians at war, he has created a repertoire that is wry, literate, witty, powerfully emotional and insightful.” Bruce Elder, SMH.
“Fred Smith is an Australian national treasure. Diplomat, philosopher, poet and raconteur his songs reverberate with the prophetic voice of humanity.” Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle.
Click on the links below to hear his tributes to Helen Garner and Leonard Cohen, two of his major influneces.
(1) Hel (a tribute to Helen Garner) – YouTube
(1) “Lenny” – Fred Smith & The Lost Quays – YouTube
This is sure to be a popular event. Tickets are just $20/25.
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