FRED SMITHS ANZAC DAY SPECIAL VIDEO PERFORMANCE NOW ON YOUTUBE

FRED SMITHS ANZAC DAY SPECIAL VIDEO PERFORMANCE NOW ON YOUTUBE

Join Aussie music icon Fred Smith on a special 70 minute Anzac Day tribute.

Fred takes us on a journey of words, music, song and laughter as he recounts his experiences on the front-line in Afghanistan and talks about the songs that he has written about them.

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Fred is a diplomat with a difference. Described as “Australia’s secret weapon” in international diplomacy, he was the first Australian diplomat sent to work in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province in 2009, and the last to leave. He has been a favourite on the Australian festival circuit for years, much loved for his gentle wit, gift for story and melody, and iconic music. He was the subject of a recent ABC TV Australian Story feature about his work in Afghanistan and on peace keeping operations in the war-torn islands of the South Pacific.

“Fred Smith is one of this country’s most literate, humorous, intelligent and empathic songwriters.” wrote Warwick McFadyen, of the the Sunday Age.

In July 2009, Fred went to Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. His main job was to build relationships with tribal leaders in order to improve cooperation and understanding between the local community and the Coalition Forces, to act as a bridge between these two vastly different cultures. This put him in a unique position to understand both. He served most of his 18 month tour of Uruzgan province on the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt and at a Forward Operating Base in the Chora Valley. Smith put bands together from musically competent soldiers on base and they played regular concerts in Tarin Kowt where his songs were on everybody’s iPod. His comic ditty “Niet Swaffelen op de Dixi”, entreating Dutch soldiers not to do unspeakable things in the portaloos, became a hit with the Dutch military and he toured Holland in November 2010 on the strength of it.

This Anzac Day special is presented in conjunction with Soldier Songs and Voices Australia – a non-profit organization with the goal to create long-lasting change through songwriting and music to the lives of veterans.

To make a donation visit https://www.soldiersongs.net.au/product/make-a-donation-to-soldier-songs-voices-australia/

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