Christmas sees a lot of people coming home to spend time with their families.
After a short period of time this reminds them why they left in the first place.
And so The Phoenix in Civic on Christmas Eve is a raucus place with a slightly older than usual crowd of returning expatriate Canberrans and others driven out of the house by their returned relos.
In recent years Fred Smith has made the night his own with what’s becoming a big of a christmas institution.
This year I’d stumbled in to the show somewhat by accident but sat down for a set to enjoy.
Backed by Gregor, Pete and Fiete it’s a bit of a Canberra super-group up on stage.
We got a mix of the old stuff and the new stuff which kept the crowd happy and buzzing and, most importantly sane.
So, for those without children at a loose end next Christmas Eve, I recommend a trip to the Phoenix.
Thanks to ‘Pling for the photograph.