|Birth name||Frederick Emerson Small|
November 6, 1952 |
|Genres||American folk music, Protest music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, lawyer, Unitarian minister|
|Labels||Aquifer, Rounder Records, Flying Fish Records|
Frederick Emerson Small (born November 6, 1952), known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He is also a lawyer and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Among his best-known songs are "Heart of the Appaloosa," "Everything Possible," "Peace Is", and "Cranes Over Hiroshima". He is hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters".
His debut album, Love's Gonna Carry Us (1981), featured Small singing and accompanying himself on guitar. As his fame and success increased, so too did the production level of his albums, as he included more instrumentation, and appearances by other artists, including instrumental and vocal backing by popular New England folk artists. Famous fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolin players alike became a part of Small’s discography and helped Small increase his popularity.
In 1996 he became the minister of First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts. On April 20, 2008, he was called as Senior Minister at the First Parish Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Small has performed a yearly concert at First Parish in Cambridge since 2008.
- Love's Gonna Carry Us (Aquifer, 1981)
- The Heart of the Appaloosa (Rounder Records, 1983)
- No Limit (Rounder, 1985)
- I Will Stand Fast (Flying Fish Records, 1988)
- Jaguar (Flying Fish, 1991)
- Everything Possible (Flying Fish, 1993)
- Only Love (Aquifer, 2001)
- Harris, Craig. "Fred Small".
- Fred Small at AllMusic
- "Fred Small" - First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist website
- Former official site at the Wayback Machine (archived September 30, 2005)
- a collection of Fred Small album reviews
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