Country fiddler portrays traveling entertainer
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1871, Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vt., living in Newbury for many years. Starting in 1895, he became a musical humorist, performing in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all over North America for more than 40 years, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua bureau of Chicago, Ill. Taggart made at least 40 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a 1923 Phono-Film "talkie" four years before Al Jolson starred in "The Jazz Singer."
Living history presenter Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed. A Vermont Humanities Council event, sponsored by Moore Free Library.
Adam Boyce, a noted fiddler in his own right and lifelong student of history, has been giving presentations in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2002 through the Humanities.
He has been involved with nearly every aspect of traditional New England dancing and music history, starting in 1991, when he began to learn how to dance, fiddle, play the piano and call for dances. He has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits, including being a judge, piano accompanist, as well as competitor, and has placed in nearly every New England state.
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