Friday, September 16, 7:00pm
We are so very excited to welcome Larry Bellorín, legend of Llanera music, & Joe Troop, GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and old-time musician, to the Hoppin’ John stage on Friday night, September 16. Larry and Joe perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, and whatever else they throw in the van.
Master of the Llano harp, Larry has accompanied many of Venezuela’s musical luminaries during his lifetime career, including Renaldo Armas, Urbino Ruiz, Cristina Maica, Teo Galindez, and Rumi Olivo. Before leaving Venezuela in 2012, he and his wife had started a school, Casa Vieja, dedicated to teaching Música Llanera, and also launched Monagas’ first Musicá Llanera festival.
Larry and his family had been working, playing and teaching in North Carolina for nearly a decade when he met multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Joe Troop. Hailing originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Joe, counts Béla Fleck, Tim O’Brien, and Abigail Washburn as frequent musical collaborators, and is a highly regarded bluegrass musician dedicated to carrying his tradition forward. He has long drawn connections between Appalachian roots music and folkloric traditions from Central and South America.
This duo is on a mission to show the world that music has no borders. You can read more about their histories and work from our friends at Music Maker Foundation.
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