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Larry & Joe Performing at Springs Farm in Guilford, VT (photo credit Samantha Everette)
$10-20 admission (children free) Pay what you can, all proceeds go to the band and no one will be turned away.
Please try and park off-site (library, playscape, safely along Carpenter Hill road) there is some parking at the base of the driveway, and some parking up behind the farm house (someone will be directing parking). Please drive up the driveway if you need assistance. Please try to park off site if you need to leave early for the safety of pedestrians.
More on the Duo:
Larry & Joe is the duo of Joropo maestro Larry Bellorín (Monagas, Venezuela) and GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and oldtime star Joe Troop (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). These two virtuosic multi-instrumentalists fuse their respective Venezuelan and Appalachian folk traditions on the harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, and maracas to prove that music has no borders. Their bilingual (esp / eng) program includes storytelling, humor, and singalongs.
Larry & Joe were destined to make music together.
Larry Bellorín hails from Monagas, Venezuela and is a legend of Llanera music. Joe Troop is from North Carolina and is a GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and oldtime musician. Larry was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. Joe, after a decade in South America, got stranded back in his stomping grounds in the pandemic. Larry worked construction to make ends meet. Joe’s acclaimed “latingrass” band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum seeking migrants. Then Larry met Joe.
Currently based in the Triangle of North Carolina, both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, maracas, guitar, upright bass, and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances and traditions as well as storytelling about the ways that music and social movements coalesce.
The hour with Larry & Joe was sort of like being in the eye of a hurricane. Beauty and order in the heart of chaos. There was considerable buzz about these guys, but I don’t think anyone anticipated their true impact, and the huge gathering […] had an explosive response. – The Austin Chronicle
When I saw Larry & Joe […] it seemed like they’d known each other their whole lives. That easy familiarity has also served the music well. Nuevo South Train is a magnificent blending of the duos multi-cultural experiences and I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like it. And if they play anywhere near you, get there. – Twangville
Though their bios feature a bounty of bummers, the music they make together (self-described as Latingrass), is nothing short of delightful. Ever been curious to hear what a banjo and harp sound like together? A hoedown with maracas? By golly, make sure to make time for this pair and find out, as they make some of the sincerest, comforting, fun and welcoming music you’ll ever have the pleasure to hear. – BLANK