Fred Smith interview (for Timber and Steel) + video

Fred Smith and the Spooky Men’s Chorale

Fred Smith interview

Urban Sea Shanties, a few good Spooky men, and a swooping magpie

You might not hear too much more press on the Canberra Fred Smith gig this Saturday night (11 August) because it’s already sold out.

As of last night, there are still general admission tickets for Friday night’s gig at Notes, Newtown. Fred will be appearing with A Few Good Spooky Men and Liz Frencham.

But to hear more from the man himself…. no, I mean to read more from the man himself — I’m not on radio anymore — click here for my interview with Fred last week for the very fine Timber and Steel blog.

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From the archives: Fred Smith — Taking ‘Texas’ to Tasmania (and Tilley’s, Tempe, Turning Wave…)

'Texas' by Fred Smith
‘Texas’ by Fred Smith

Fred Smith: Taking ‘Texas’ to Tasmania (and Tilley’s, Tempe, Turning Wave…)
First published in Trad and Now magazine, June 2008

Two more weekends and I’ll be going home
My home’s a nowhere
But a nowhere where I’m known
Where the sheep are nervous
And the men are all good blokes
Take me back to where the people get my jokes

From ‘American Guitar’, Texas (2008) by Fred Smith

So saying the above (or rather, singing the above), Fred Smith did literally head home — to Australia.

Fred’s first chance to play ‘American Guitar’ to a live audience came on his last night in the USA, after three years, coincidentally in a town called Frederick. (His first gig three years earlier had been, just as coincidentally, in Fredericksburgh).

The next morning after its debut, Fred hopped on a plane and returned to Australia via a two week tour of Canada.

Avid Trad and Now readers may have followed some of Fred’s adventures in these pages as he tripped around the USA from house-husbanding to house concerts, from suburban conventionality to folk conventions, and to a string of gigs, festivals and song contests along the way.

Fred has now been back in Australia for about six months and he’s appreciating the return to his old neighbourhood. Launching his ‘Texas’ album at Tilley’s Devine Café in Canberra last month, Fred relates a quote on topic: ”Home is the place you go where they’ve got to let you in.”

‘It’s good to be home!’ Continue reading