Thursday May 9, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- Adam Boyce of West Windsor will portray legendary Vermont musician Charles Ross Taggart on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, 61 Westminster St.

This program is a Vermont Humanities Council event, sponsored by the Rockingham Free Public Library with support from the Friends of the Rockingham Library.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1871, Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham and lived 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, starting in 1895, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua bureau of Chicago. 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 Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.

Boyce, a noted fiddler in his own right and lifelong student of history, has been giving presentations in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2002. 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. A composer of more than 100 fiddle tunes, you can also find him listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council.

A 10th generation Vermonter, Boyce lives in West Windsor.

For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270 or visit rockinghamlibrary.org.