Former Bedford musician Damon Smith returns to Perth

Damon Smith.
Damon Smith.

AFTER recovering from a severe hand injury that risked his career, former Bedford pianist Damon Smith will return home for a new show this month.

Smith, who is based in Melbourne, was trying to save his cat from under the house last year where he fell back on a old and large nail that went inside his left wrist.

He then developed a serious case of cellulitis which a doctor advised it could cause him to lose his wrist due to the infection travelling to his lymph nodes.

He was operated on to clean up the infection and since recovered.

In his return to Perth, he will be performing his own music plus a selection of boogie woogie, ragtime and New Orleans before performing two sessions of his new show Crazy Arms, A Few Centuries of Piano Tinkling.

Damon Smith.

He said Crazy Arms was a comedic documentation and journey through piano music and the great pianists over the past few centuries.

“I start with the first documented piece of music ever written from about 100 BC and I then play through classical pieces, Ragtime, boogie woogie piano and rock and roll,” he said.

“Some of the feature songs would be, The Entertainer, Great Balls of Fire, Flight of the bumblebee, The Turkish March and Oscar Peterson’s C Jam Blues.

“Creatively speaking, I always thrive on the idea of making something that is largely original.

“Crazy Arms features music that has been shelved, largely unheard and music that is quite spectacular in it’s construction and spellbinding when performed.”


He said he was working on a show about mental disorders, which would be shown at Perth’s Fringe World Festival next year.

He will be performing at the Duke of George in Fremantle on May 23, Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre on May 24 and the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Gosnells on May 25.

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