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1928 Figure Charles Ross Taggart Musical Humorist The Man From Vermont Figure Figure IMPERSONATOR STORY TELLER VIOLINIST FIDDLER VENTRILOQUIST NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL DAYS includes droll reminsicences of his own, as well as classic stories and rhymes on the same inexhaustible theme. PINEVILLE PEOPLE presents such characters as The Country Fiddler, Fifer of the Pineville Corps, and The Pineville Debating Society. Many of these characters are taken from real life. AMERICAN HUMORISTS is colorful with stories of Mark Twain, Will Carleton, Bill Nye, Artemus Ward, and others, as well as selections from their writings. RHYME AND RYTHM stresses the humorous in poetry, story and music. Length of program is usually from an hour to an hour and a half. Shorter programs as occasion demands. FIDDLING! Mr. Taggart opened his program with what he called his 'Acrobatic Fiddle,' playing it in every conceivable position, even holding the bow in his mouth, and the 'Old Country Fiddler' sketch kept the audience in fits of laughter from start to finish.— Towanda, Pa. He has his fiddle tamed If he wants it to do something it was never created to do, it does it. Under his manipulation the Fiddle talks. It sings the songs of birds.— Daily Banner, Greencastle, Ind. Figure His Fiddle imitations are wonderful. We liked best his 'Church Organ,' when he played on all four strings at once, rolling out the grand chords of the Doxology.— Paducah, Ky., Evening Sun. VICTOR, COLUMBIA AND EDISON RECORDS Figure HIS MASTER'S VOICE From Ross Taggart's records he draws much pleasing platform material. The Country Fiddler records include, besides the fiddle tunes, rollicking stories, including discussions by the Old Fiddler of Modern School Methods, Book Agents, Crime Treatment, Woman's Suffrage, The County Fair, The Pineville Wedding, The Pineville Band, and The Pineville School Board. COMMENT Mr. Edison thinks your work is excellent.— W. H. Miller, Recording Laboratories, New York City. Ross Taggart's early activities included several terms as a country school teacher in the little red school houses of Vermont—farming—clerking in a country grocery store—teaching singing schools—giving lessons in violin and piano. He has been a student in the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Emerson College of Oratory, Boston. He is best known by his distinguished platform work in America. He has been with the Redpath Lyceum and Chautauqua Bureau for more than twenty years, and has given more than four thousand programs in nearly every State in the Union. QUALITY Let another praise thee, and not thine mouth.—Prov. 27:2. His humor is fairly crowded with Yankee ingenuity. The stamp of the artist who knows how to conceal the basting threads is on everything he does. His music is real music; his impersonations miraculously faithful; his mimicry photographic; his program blending perfect. His platform work proves that clean high class fun may be just as side-splitting as the suggestive variety. —Strickland Gillilan, Poet and Humorist. It is a real pleasure to commend Charles Ross Taggart as an entertainer of the finest sort. It is not easy in these times to interest our church and school groups of young people in wholesome fun and entertainment. I wish every church and other young people's group could have the pleasure and uplift that his entertainments bring. —Walter Bell Denny, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, Russell Sage College, Troy, N. Y. I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Taggart in one of his matchless monologues. I have seldom enjoyed myself more. I commend him and his unique ability to entertain to anyone who may be interested. —Ernest M. Hopkins, President, Dartmouth College. He delighted everybody with the unique, versatile and highly humorous entertainment he gave before our Central League. —S. Parkes Cadman. We take pleasure in comending your work to those who employ talent for schools, colleges and teachers' institutes. —Thomas J. Smull, Executive Secretary, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio. You gave us more wholesome fun and enjoyment than any entertainer we have had here in many years. —Charles H. Sampson, Headmaster, The Huntington School For Boys, Boston, Mass Your work for Redpath was of inestimable value. —Charles F. Horner, General Manager, Redpath Horner Lyceum and Chautaquas, Kansas City, Mo. Your Phonofilm production at the Rialto Theatre, New York, was an unqualified success. —Dr. Lee DeForest, Inventor of the Radio Audion Tube. Just enough humor and wit to make the evening most enjoyable. —H. F. Cutler, Former Headmaster Mt. Hermon School. Your impersonations were especially true to life. —Florence Morse Kingsley, Author. Your program left a good taste in the mouth. —Edward J. Wheeler, Former Editor, The Literary Digest There is a delicious flavor in his fun. —Frank Dixon, Author and Lecturer. He furnishes wholesome, live entertainment. J. Frank Hanley, Former Governor of Indiana.
|Title||Charles Ross Taggart: musical humorist "The man from Vermont"|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||Taggart, Charles Ross|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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