Fred Smith  - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2022 - in Katoomba!

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.

Backed by an all-star band, Fred will be playing songs from his rich back catalogue and his latest album Domestic described in the press as “a stunning cycle of deeply personal songs about marriage, babies, love, tolerance, decency and the complexity of modern life…a sublime study in tenderness and vulnerability”.

He’ll also be presenting a special song and spoken word performance to launch his new book, The Gates of HKIA. This is first insider’s account of Australia’s mission to evacuate vulnerable families from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in the fast few days following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021. His epitaph for the mission is “it was what it was”, and we are left admiring the courage and tenacity of thousands of Afghans who, in a last-ditch dash for freedom, braved the human cattle yards outside the gates of HKIA.

Fred Smith is an artist at the height of his powers, observing the political and the personal with equal facility, touching souls with humour and honesty.