Larry Long & Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott have been playing music together for over 40 years. They have played music extensively throughout the United States—hitchhiking and hopping freights—and in the mid seventies they traveled in the much-beloved Lone Prairie Schooner and the Red Caboose down the back roads of America, passing the hat for a song. Since those early days, they’ve both become established and notable artists in their own right.
Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Larry has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world, including Awesome Africa Festival (South Africa), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), at the Hollywood Bowl with Kris Kristofferson, at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and at Madison Square Garden for Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration. Larry lives in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN with his wife and family.
Currently living in Bishop, California with his wife, Pete has performed on the California Zephyr travelling from Chicago to Reno, the Millpond Music Festival, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada. Pete has also lead horseback songwriting groups with Rock Creek Pack Station in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, drawing inspiration from the wild Mustangs.
Though these friends now live thousands of miles apart, they continue to get together twice a year to play music and celebrate life with family and friends.
Thursday, September 5th, at Merlins Rest, is one of those rare occasions that shouldn’t be missed. Other musical friends and family who’ll be joining them include Prudence Johnson, Claudia Schmidt, Joe Savage, Bobby Vandell, Melvin James, Larry Dalton Melvin III, Dean Mikkelson, and more!