Fred Small

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Fred Small
Birth name Frederick Emerson Small
Born (1952-11-06) November 6, 1952 (age 62)
United States
Genres American folk music, Protest music
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, lawyer, Unitarian minister
Instruments guitar
Years active 1981–present
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".[citation needed]

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.[1]

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)


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Fred Small". 

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