Fred Smith - Soapbox cover


Open Country A snapshot of Australia at the arse end of the century
Rosa Invariably arouses a sing-a-long in otherwise dignified drinking establishments
Salvation Jane Lighthearted look at the overwhelming complexity of modern life
Rissole on a Roll Guaranteed to make you laugh
A Woman Like You Masterful melancholic piece of storytelling
My Girlfriend Infectious groove with a sharp edge of wit
Me and Dan and the Sailorman  
The Bonny Boat  
The Elephant Song  


"No, not our Smith, but a young singer/ songwriter/ raconteur/ political commentator Fred Smith, who currently calls Canberra home but has lived in five different countries in his young life to date. Wherever he might have previously lived however, his sharp intelligence has obviously honed in on the unique personality of his current home, Australia, as you can hear in the selections of his songs he released late last year as his debut album, 'Soapbox'. After a very successful performance at this year's Woodford Festival, where the punters seemed to have decided he was "the freshest thing there", Smith and the band followed Fairport Convention to Sydney and supported them at the Basement and Three Weeds."
Drum Media, 1999