The Folk Choir

The Folk Choir

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

We're going out to the Fred Smith concert!

Fred Smith in Concert - an excursion for the Folk Choir!

Don't forget that this week we have decided to go on an outing to see Fred Smith in concert in lieu of choir on Thursday night. Folk Choir members are entitled to the concession price, so let me know that you are coming and I'll make sure you are on the door list. You can book concession tickets online, and the list will confirm you at the door, or you will also be able to buy tickets at the door. As I won't be the person on the door, make sure you email me back to be on the list.

Here is the information about Fred's concert. I will also put a sign on the door at choir in case anyone does miss this info and come along.

The concert will feature Fred and a great band comprising bassist Liz Frencham, drummer Erin Sulman, and the Folk Choir's very own cellist Rebecca Wright and pianist Emma Nixon! Fred's insightful music is by turns uplifting, amusing, heartbreaking and deeply moving. Don't miss it!

WHEN: Thursday 28th November, 2013, 8pm.
Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Brisbane, Queensland 4169


 Peace In The Pacific & The Dust Of Uruzgan

Recently featured on the ABC's Australian Story, Fred Smith is a diplomat and musician who has recorded extensively about his work and experiences in Bougainville and more recently in Afghanistan. His work with DFAT and the Australian Army have given him unique perspectives on Australia's place in a complex world and the experiences of the peoples with whom he has worked.
The show would be Fred presenting a concert in two themed halves. The first would be Peace in the Pacific. Peace in the Pacific explores the beauty, turmoil and complexity of the islands. It also celebrates the contribution of thousands of Australians who have worked on peace monitoring operations in Bougainville and Solomon Islands
The Dust of Uruzgan will make up the second half of the evening Smith recently returned from 18 months working as a tribal and political advisor alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province. He wrote a collection of songs from his experiences, playing concerts on the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt where his music has become legendary. 

Media responses to the Dust of Uruzgan CD and show:
A great work of art, a great suite of songs…an amazing thing if you get to see him perform it in concert”
Richard Glover, Drive, ABC 702 Sydney

An exceptional songwriter and certainly the equal of Bogle, Walker and Schumann… a cycle of songs that are raw, remarkably honest and suitably ambivalent about the nature of war… a collection of songs that offers an intimate perspective on the war in Afghanistan.”
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald ‘Review of the Week’ 6–7 August 2011

“… the music of Fred Smith comes straight from the front line…raw, ribald, but also capable of moving grown men to tears.”
John Huxley, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2011

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