may, 2019

22may7:30 pmGreat - BairnsdaleFred Smith touring Gippsland with ‘Great’80 McKean Street, BairnsdaleLocation:Bairnsdale

Fred Smith touring Gippsland with ‘Great’


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Great is a rollicking musical hayride through American history, politics and pathologies. These are “interesting” times in American politics, and with his trademark blend of humour and perception, Smith goes some way to making sense of it all.

Fred Smith is one of the few Australian songwriters with both a US Marine Corps medal and a US merchant mariner’s license. He spent four years in America, working cruise ships and touring the Eisenhower interstate system, and worked alongside American soldiers in southern Afghanistan.

Befitting the subject matter, ‘Great’ features some raucous piss taking, but there are moments of beautiful balladry too that bring to the fore Smith’s deep appreciation of Americana musical formats, and his fascination with American history, literature and mythology.

Great is a lighter hearted show than the one he brought to Gippsland 2016 – ‘Dust of Uruzgan’ – a cycle of songs about his experiences working as a diplomat in southern Afghanistan. And as with the Uruzgan show, Smith manages to ease us through the personal and the political with grace and humour.

Smith will be accompanied by an all-star band including Liz Frencham on double bass, Carl Pannuzzo on drums and piano, and one or two other eminent sidemen.


$15 – $25

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(Wednesday) 7:30 pm


Forge Theatre

80 McKean Street, Bairnsdale