Fred Smith is without question one of Australia's best songwriters and every time he has come to Humph Hall it has, not surprisingly, been to a capacity audience. With over 9,000 viewings this clip of his song 'Sapper's Lullaby' is by far the most popular Humph Hall video clip I've uploaded.
On this occasion Fred will be once again sharing the stage with longtime sidekick Liz Frencham, playing a range of songs from both his solo, and their shared repertoire.
Fred presents his songs with a wry humour and gentle worldliness earned through the experiences that inform many of his songs. He has spent the last 15 years all over the joint: working in Afghanistan and the South Pacific, touring in North America and travelling the Australian festival circuit. He has released about eight albums, mostly solo, but also collaborations with Liz Frencham and the Spooky Men's Chorale.
On 7th October 2013 he featured on ABC TV's 'Australian Story'.
Liz Frencham is a stunning performer in her own right. A luminous presence, armed with a double-bass and a smile, oozing cheeky Rickie Lee spontaneity and Joni-style honesty, wrapped in gentle Norah Jones soul.
The two of them together is magic! :-)
"The music of Fred Smith comes straight from the front line . . . raw, ribald, but also capable of moving grown men to tears." John Huxley, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2011
"In a world full of vacuous songs, Fred's is an incredibly strong body of work." John Schumann
"An exceptional songwriter and certainly the equal of Bogle, Walker and Schumann."
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald 'Review of the Week' August 2011
Soft warm 'acoustic'!! :-)
A smaller venue like Humph Hall is able to create a personal and intimate performance not experienced at larger stages. We look forward to attending many more concerts of theirs and other musicians.