Larry Long

Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist

We are delighted to announce that renowned Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and Alliance Sustainability Award winner Larry Long will be performing at the Alliance’s Fortieth Anniversary Celebration the evening of May 18 at French Meadow Bakery and Cafe in Minneapolis. Larry’s life work celebrates everyday heroes and sheroes. Known as “a true American Troubadour,” he’s travelled around the world speaking up for people and causes while inspiring young people through his Elder’s Wisdom, Children’s Song in schools.

Larry has written and performed thousands of ballads celebrating community and history makers from rural Alabama to Lakota communities in South Dakota. He’s given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans. He was the troubadour for peace on Soviet/American peace cruises, sang for Mrs. Rosa Parks at the 45th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and organized the Mississippi River Revival, a decade long campaign to clean up the Mississippi river. Some of us call him “the Pete Seeger of the Mississippi.”

Larry Long is a recipient of the prestigious In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award, Bush Artists Fellowship and Pope John XXIII Award. In 2014 Larry was inducted into into the National Old Time Music Hall of Fame.

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