Music straight from the front line

Monday, 26 May 2014

The incredible singer, songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith, as seen on ABC Television's Australian Story will be performing his amazing show Dust of Uruzgan at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Tuesday 3 June at 8pm.

In 2011, Fred Smith returned from 18 months in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan with a collection of songs he released as the album Dust of Uruzgan. The album won rave reviews and coverage on national radio, television and print, resulting in the Dust of Uruzgan stage show.

Deputy Mayor, Sandra French stated, “Dust of Uruzgan should not be missed. He speaks of the realities of war in an empathic, humourous and moving way, detailing real life events and people.”

The show combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military and civilian photographers as well as his own collection.

As our soldiers finally come home from Afghanistan, the Dust of Uruzgan show is a unique and important opportunity for an Australian public to understand the experiences of 10,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have struggled to make a difference in one of the poorest provinces of this war-ravaged country.

Poignant, educational, and at times humorous, Dust of Uruzgan is an enlightening and entertaining live music performance.

Parental guidance recommended for children under 15. It contains themes of war, however, there are no disturbing pictures or stories and no adult language.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Performing Arts Coordinator Sarah Reynolds said, “Fred Smith’s music is straight from the front line, and is capable of making you laugh out loud yet at the same time moving grown men to tears. Fred Smith’s recollections are raw and unique and take the audience on a journey like no other.”

For further information please contact

Sarah Reynolds
Performing Arts Coordinator
Burnie Arts & Function Centre
03 6430 5786 or 0428 337 800