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Aug27

Fred Smith @ Sparrows of Kabul Newcastle

Sparrows of Kabul Newcastle, Hamilton

Fred Smith and band will be presenting this extraordinary song cycle on Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan. The concert will begin with songs from Fred’s acclaimed Dust of Uruzgan album which draw on his experiences working alongside Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan. It will culminate with material he wrote after working on the dramatic evacuation from Kabul in August 2021.
“A beautiful retelling of Australia’s Afghanistan experience…a sense of sharing collective grief.”
Adrienne Francis, ABC 666, Saturday Breakfast, 19 February 2022

“This was more than a concert. It was an astute analysis of Australia’s 20-year involvement in the Afghan War from a humanitarian who witnessed the many shades of war first hand.”
Ian McLean, City News

“Finely observed snapshots of a harsh, sad and funny reality…In concert he has a knack for balancing drama and humour…towering artistic achievement”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“Fred Smith is an Australian national treasure. Diplomat, philosopher, poet and raconteur his songs reverberate with the prophetic voice of humanity…an extraordinary, wonderful and heart-uplifting concert.”
Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle

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