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Dust of Uruzgan

Dust of Uruzgan is a collection of songs Fred wrote while working as diplomat alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan. The show combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of images from military and civilian photographers.

Fred is a true raconteur; a masterful and entertaining storyteller, who has been compared to great Australian songwriters, Eric Bogle, John Schumann and Don Walker. His songs are stories put to well-crafted music; telling the real life experiences of some 20,000 Australian soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

Fred's experiences in Uruzgan are also the subject of an Australian Story feature, a critically acclaimed album and now,his new book ‘The Dust of Uruzgan’ published in September by Allen and Unwin. In the live show you will be transported to Afghanistan, to the experience of life as a soldier: the dust, the heat, the frustration, the fighting and the camaraderie.

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

Tour supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

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Sat, 06 May 2017 07:30 PM 06 May 07:30PM Ended
Armitage Centre- Heritage Bank Auditorium

Empire Cardholder               $36.00

Adults                                      $40.00

Defence members                  $36.00

Youth <25                                $25.00



Running time of 120 minutes including interval 


Recommended for ages 12+. Parental guidance recommended for children under 15 years. 

Contains themes of war. However there are no disturbing pictures or stories. Moderate language. 


“… the music of Fred Smith comes straight from the front line…raw, ribald, but also capable of moving grown men to tears.” Sydney Morning Herald

“A great work of art, a great suite of songs…an amazing thing if you get to see him perform it in concert” ABC 702 Sydney


Teacher resources

To download a copy of Dust of Uruzgan education pack click here.

Meet and Greet

Meet Fred Smith and hear him talk about his book "Dust of Uruzgan" at Toowoomba City Library, Level 2 on Friday 5th May at 6pm. Please book and collect your free tickets at the library.