Fred Small in concert

Saturday, July 21, 2018 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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As part of the 8th annual
Conference on Peace-Making.

FREE admission

lawn seating*: opens at 6pm

rain or shine

*Blanket area available in front with folding Chairs area behind.
Premium seating for Peace Conference Attendees

Coolers, food, and beverage are not permitted.
Rolling Ridge is  an Alcohol Free Establishment
 
Seating is limited on a first come basis.

Free will offering to benefit
The Indigenous Environmental Network
 
Hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters," Fred Small sings anthems of conscience in the tradition of Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Holly Near.  Powerful, affecting, and inviting, Fred's songs illuminate the goodness and courage of all kinds of people.  Come ready to sing!
 
 "Big-hearted and inspirational."
 -Mike Joyce, Washington Post

About the leader(s)

Fred Small

Hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters," Fred Small sings songs of conscience in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Holly Near.  Powerful, affecting, and inviting, Fred's songs illuminate the goodness and courage of all kinds of people.
Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Rosalie Sorrels, Steve Gillette, Judy Small (no relation), Roy Bailey, the Flirtations, and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus are among the singers who have interpreted Fred's songs to audiences around the world. 
Fred’s song "The Heart of the Appaloosa" was elected to the All-Time Bluegrass Hit Parade by WAMU Radio in Washington, DC  In 1992, Heart Strings, the nationally touring AIDS-benefit musical, chose Fred's empowering lullaby "Everything Possible" as its grand finale.  In 2000, the National Organization of Men against Sexism (NOMAS) honored Fred for his contributions to gender justice.  In 2017, UU Mass Action presented him with the Ruth Rowan Award for his musical contributions to social justice movements.
Fred has released eight albums: Live at First Parish (Aquifer, 2009), Only Love (Aquifer, 2001), Everything Possible (Flying Fish, 1993), Jaguar (Flying Fish, 1991), I Will Stand Fast (Flying Fish, 1988), No Limit (Rounder, 1985), The Heart of the Appaloosa, 1983) (all Flying Fish and Rounder titles available from http://www.rounder.com), and Love's Gonna Carry Us (Aquifer, 1981).  Fred’s two songbooks, Promises Worth Keeping (1994) and Breaking from the Line (1986) are published by Yellow Moon Press (http://yellowmoon.com).
Fred Small was born November 6, 1952, in Plainfield, NJ.  Grandnephew of Thomas Hart Benton, the American regionalist painter (and outstanding harmonica player), Fred was playing guitar and singing folk songs by age seven.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, Fred earned a law degree and a masters in natural resources policy at the University of Michigan.  He wrote his first song in 1974 on the morning of his first law school examination.  In 1980 Fred left his position as staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation to pursue his career in music full time.
In 1999, Fred was awarded his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.  After serving First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA, and First Parish in Cambridge, MA, in 2015 Fred left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate activism, especially among people of faith.  He is now Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston.
Fred has performed throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England, and Canada.  He has appeared at the Philadelphia, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Kerrville Folk Festivals, Lunenburg (NS) Folk Harbour Festival, Sidmouth (UK) Folk Arts Festival, National Folk Festival of Australia, Great Hudson River Revival, Great River Traditional Music & Crafts Festival (LaCrosse, WI), Woody Guthrie Tribute (Tulsa, OK), Bread and Roses Labor Heritage Festival (Lawrence, MA), and the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) rally in New York City.