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Fred Smith featuring on Australian Story

By johnboy - 5 October 2013 6

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In very exciting news Canberra’s own Fred Smith is listed as the next feature on the ABC’s Australian Story:

Fred Smith has been described as ‘Australia’s secret weapon’ in international diplomacy.

As a career diplomat, he’s represented Australia in Bougainville and more recently in Afghanistan.

But it’s his second career as a musician that came to the fore in Uruzgan province, when he wrote a song about the death of Australian soldier Ben Ranaudo.

“Dust in Uruzgan” captured the hearts of many serving in Afghanistan and a second song, “Sapper’s Lullaby” has become an anthem for soldiers and their families.

Now, with Australian forces about to depart Afghanistan, this is the story of a diplomat with a difference.

The song is Dust OF Uruzgan and back in 2009 we interviewed Fred with a focus on his music, pre Afghanistan.

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Fred Smith featuring on Australian Story
dtc 11:12 pm 07 Oct 13

breda said :

I love that his name is “Fred Smith” rather than “Tristram Higgins-Woolley”.

Good luck to him.

It’s actually Ian, Fred was his high school nickname which, obviously stuck. Its also, coincidentally, a great nickname for a ‘common people’ folk singer. The ADF love him, because he respects and empathises with the soldier, even while perhaps opposing the war (unlike, say, the anti Vietnam protests).

LSWCHP 6:34 pm 07 Oct 13

I’ve seen Fred many times at the NFF, both by himself and with the Spooky Men.

He strikes me as a man of immense talent, wit and compassion. He really is a funny, funny bastard.

His performance of “Say a Prayer” with the Spookies was one of the most moving musical experiences of my life and I’d put him in the “Living National treasure” class.

staminaman62 7:58 am 07 Oct 13

breda said :

I love that his name is “Fred Smith” rather than “Tristram Higgins-Woolley”.

Good luck to him.

Well he’s from the Public Service aristocracy. His father is Ric Smith, former Ambassador to China and Secretary of Defence.

DrKoresh 2:44 pm 05 Oct 13

I had to buy a copy of Soapbox recently because my Dad didn’t want to part with his when I moved out. It’s such a good album.

breda 12:13 pm 05 Oct 13

I love that his name is “Fred Smith” rather than “Tristram Higgins-Woolley”.

Good luck to him.

Affirmative Action M 10:00 am 05 Oct 13

Just a brilliant performer & one of Australians best musicians & songwriters. I think I have every one of his albums.

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