Joe Troop & Larry Bellorín

Larry & Joe | Deering Live

Larry Bellorín hails from Monagas, Venezuela and is a legend of Llanera music. Joe Troop is from North Carolina and is a GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and oldtime musician. Larry was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. Joe, after a decade in South America, got stranded back in his stomping grounds in the pandemic. Larry works construction to make ends meet. Joe's acclaimed "latingrass" band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum seeking migrants.

Currently based in the Triangle of North Carolina, both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, guitar, maracas and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances and traditions as well as storytelling about the ways that music and social movements coalesce.


  • Phil Reitz

    Este episodio fue absolutamente increible!!!! Gracias por compartir, no solo su musica, pero también sus relatos, historias, y perspectivas de la vida!
    I hope to catch your show at Passim’s in Cambridge, MA this coming week.
    To the Deering Banjo Company, thank you for this incredible series that, after climbing out from under a banjo pot, I only just discovered and have been binge watching! I love my Golden Era even more!

  • John Geddes

    Brings me back to the 1959 breakout album of the Limeliters on Elektra Records, and several subsequent releases where the banjo was used in Spanish and Mexican folk songs SEAMLESSLY. This music here is beautiful and worth preserving. Let’s keep that momentum going!

  • David J. Wynn

    Thanks BIG TIME; i needed this from the two of them ! More need to have them in their lives !!!!!

  • Lee Bushell

    What a great sound, great beat, wonderfully vibrant.

  • Richard Pollard

    Totally awesome! And the humbleness of two great musicians and the reminder that great people come here from other countries has inspired me. I hope he gets citizenship soon.

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