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Urban Sea Shanties
Fred Smith Productions
“A delightful collaboration between two of the hottest acts on the Australian Festival Scene. Switch off your finer sensibilities and tune into your base chakra” Andy Copeman, Daily Planet Website
Fred Smith joins forces with Men in Suits to present Urban Sea Shanties. The performance is based on the award winning album Urban Sea Shanties. It's a collection of thinking man's drinking songs really. There are moments of beauty and delicacy, but on the whole, it’s a celebration of misadventure - an exploration of the masculine psyche executed with a restrained buffoonery befitting the subject matter! It's fun, it's beautiful, it's seriously silly. Peruse the reviews: “Switch off your finer sensibilities and tune into your base chakra” Andy Copeman, Daily Planet Website “Urban Sea Shanties shanghaies the listener into a rich musical journey from the bars of Birmingham to the flooded streets of New Orleans, from the Mosques of Karachi to the Dapto Dog Track...painting a musical picture of adventurous travel exploring a wide, colourful world…” John Hogan, National Film and Sound Archives
History & background
Fred Smith Productions presents shows that combine song, story and images to entertain, engage and explain the world we live in. Over the last three years, we worked with RAV, CAWA, ArtbackNT and Artour to present over 80 performances of the acclaimed Dust of Uruzgan show in venues around Australia ranging from the Princess Theatre in Launceston to the Tennant Creek RSL. We maintain a profile through concerts and performances on the Australian music festival circuit. Touring is the financial and spiritual lifeblood of our organisation: we connect with people and start conversations.
Marketing selling points
This is a fun, funny and visually interesting show built around a great collection of songs. Urban Sea Shanties CDs are available for radio, and we do great interviews/live to air performances. Fred Smith has a 2000 strong Victorian email list, and Men in Suits an extensive network of their own. Video footage is available for TVCs. We can link up with local community choirs in your area.
Key audience and marketing notes
Key audience: music fans; people who came to see the Dust of Uruzgan show. We have developed a strong following in Victoria from the Dust of Uruzgan tour in 2014/15 as well as performances at festivals in Victoria and beyond. We have over 2000 email addresses on our Victorian email list. Fred Smith has a long track record of interviews and live to airs on radio. He has been the subject of an Australian Story feature and a session on ABC Conversations. His unique combination of substance and song are well known to producers in Victoria and nationally.
Community Engagement activities
Fred Smith - Songwriting Principles and Practice Fred Smith explains what make great songs work, then takes you through the process: how to start, how to keep going, and how to finish a song! “Smith is a superb songwriter…” Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald Men is Suits with Carl Pannuzzo - Harmony singing Whether for choirs, a cappella singing, duo or songwriting, this workshop looks at ways to find our natural sense of harmony by simply playing with it.
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Three spots and a general wash.
A PA system with enough inputs for a four piece band and 6 inputs for choir.
A stage plus a screen and projector (which we can provide if necessary)
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We'll use our own vehicles around Victoria.