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His songs equal Bogle, Walker and Schumann - Bruce Elder
Fred Smith, Ex Afghanistan Diplomat, Singer/songwriter


For those folks who haven't heard of Iain (Fred) Smith, he is an amazing Australian singer/songwriter/comedian and public speaker who has over the last 15 years had an extensive experience working on peace keeping missions in Australian theatres of conflict in the South Pacific and Afghanistan. Smith was deeply affected by the deaths of Australian soldiers and the injured who were repatriated home he created a collection of Australians-at-war-ballads, which continue the tradition forged by earlier war-ballads such as And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, I was only 19 and Khe Sanh.



While working with Peace Monitoring operations in Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea, his former career performing comical and satirical ballads stood him in good stead as he became very popular with local radio hosting his own pidgin language program and recording with local musicians a cassette of peace songs. His award winning CD entitled Bagarap Empires, pronounced 'Buggerup' won rave reviews and the National Film and Sound Archives Award for Best New Release of 2002. Canada's Penguin Eggs magazine hailed it as "an amazing piece of work. Truly folk music at it's best."



In 2005 he toured the US, Canada and the festival circuit in Australia. Most of his eight CD's are solo performances, but he has collaborated with Liz Frencham and the Spooky Men's Chorale. The two CD's Into My Room and Lovethongs; believe it or not, is a collection of Fred's love songs. Both won the National and Sound Archives Award.

During the final weeks of the Peace Monitoring Group's operations in 2003, Fred and his Bulmakau Band were followed by film-maker, Nick Agafonoff filming the documentary Bougainville Sky, which was released in 2004

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As part of his current national tour, Fred Smith will be performing at:

Where: Tea Tree Gully RSL

When: Thursday evening, 6 November.

The bar opens at 4.00 pm.

Fred Smith, Ex Afghanistan Diplomat, Singer/songwriter
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Program:

The smorgasbord will be from 6.30 until 7.30 pm after the Ode recital at 6.30 pm.

Fred Smith will entertain for 50 minutes, followed by an interval, then his performance will continue for another 45 minutes.

Members of the North Eastern Writers' Inc. will read works relative to Afghanistan or relating to similar conflicts. Included in the poetry readings will be local poet, Robert Jarrad, author of Slouch Hat Soldiers: Generations at War.

Special Raffle drawn on the night: Prize: The image of a print donated by Internationally renowned Adelaide Military Artist, Barry Spicer. On display there will be a framed example so people will be able to see how it will look.

Fred Smith, Ex Afghanistan Diplomat, Singer/songwriter
Painting - The International Coalition Against Terrorism.


Several paintings will be on display, and Barry will be available to answer questions, discuss painting and the history behind some of the paintings.

Some visitors may remember Barry Spicer's exhibition at the Tea Tree Gully Library earlier this year.

He was honoured with the title of Official Artist to "Australian Army Aviation - (AAAvn) in 2008, and was recently named as the Regimental Artist for the Army's 1st Armoured Regiment after completing a number of related paintings, one of which appeared on the cover of their book Contact Tank...Wait Out, published 20th November 2013.

ken Smith
Weaponry by Barry Spicer


Tickets: $20:00 which includes smorgasbord and some great door prizes. Tickets need to be purchased prior to the evening by contacting:
Robert Lotstra, TTG RSL President. Phone: 0407 880 121
Email: riotstra@bigpond.com.net.au
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Why? Amazing songwriter & performer who is emotionally honest, raw, ribald and capable of moving you to tears with songs that are so insightful.
When: 6.00 pm Meal 6.30 - 7.30 pm. Thursday, 6 Nov. 2014
Phone: Robert: 0407 880 121
Where: Tea Tree Gully Sub-Branch, Memorial Drive, Tea Tree Gully.
Cost: Tickets: $20, includes smorgasbord and some great door prizes.
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