The season of the Davis Library.

The season of the Davis Library.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Old Country Fiddler Comes to Stoddard

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer

7pm Saturday March 5, 2011 - Stoddard Town Hall
The Friends of the Library and the Stoddard Historical Society in association with the NH Council for the Arts once again come together to present a night of down-home New Hampshire entertainment.

Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various stage shows across the country for over 40 years, starting in 1895, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a talking movie picture 6 years before Al Jolson starred in "The Jazz Singer." Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life and career, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.

In addition to portraying Charles Ross Taggart, Boyce says he "started playing my mother's Magnus chord organ by age 6; had piano lessons around 11...rediscovered piano later, for accompanying fiddlers (chords); started dancing with the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers in 1991, which lead to my prompting/calling dances and interest in learning the fiddle from Harold Luce; I've composed 100 fiddle tunes; have competed in and have judged at various fiddle contests around New England; I give lectures on the history of contra and square dancing in New England (through the Humanities Council), as well as fiddle contest history."

You can listen to some of his fiddle playing on Adam's FaceBook page.

Please join us! Refreshments will be served! Free & open to the public!

7pm Saturday March 5, 2011
Stoddard Town Hall, 1450 Rte, 123 N., Stoddard
More info: Jean Kelly: 446-7773

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