FRED SMITH performs his show Dust of Uruzgan
As seen on ABC's 'Australian Story'
At the TALLAROOK MECANICS INSTITUTE
SATURDAY 7TH June
2 Course dinner 6pm $25, Show 7.30pm $35
Fully licenced bar
With every war fought comes a million stories that don’t make it to the evening news. We’ve seen it with World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and now we’re seeing waves of personal tales come out of the Middle East – ready to become the next generation of military legends. Dust of Uruzgan is just such a collection of these stories, coming straight from the diary of musician-cum-diplomat to Afghanistan, Fred Smith.
Self-described as an ethnomusicologist, Smith’s songs capture his time working predominately in Uruzgan province with quirk, heart and a country twang. With the show accentuated by the powerful imagery of a photo journal, the audience was treated to a refreshingly candid narrative of life in a war zone - without fear or favour.
Smith’s incredibly articulate and witty commentary of his experiences in the troubled country, punctuated with some of the most meaningful song writing you’re ever likely to encounter in Australian music. And while the songs are unique, the larrikin spirit traditional to so many Australian songs of the past is well and truly alive in Smith’s work.
The show combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military and civilian photographers. Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are of real people and events. As our soldiers finally come home from Afghanistan, the Dust of Uruzgan show is a unique and important opportunity for an Australian public hungry to know what it was all about, and to understand the experiences of 20,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have worked to make a difference in one of the poorest provinces of this war-ravaged country.
Poignant, educational, and at times hilarious, Dust of Uruzgan is an enlightening and entertaining live music performance that will permeate deep into the audience psyche.
This is an unforgettable night out with a relaxed vibe overall, and highly recommended for those who want a glimpse of Afghanistan beyond the headlines.
For more details contact Libby on 0411 339 041