In 1895, East Topsham’s Charles Ross Taggart set his sights on becoming a traveling musical humorist. His uproarious ventriloquist and musical performances brought rave reviews in his Vermont community. He was soon thrust into the world of the lyceum and Chautauqua circuits, journeying far and wide across North America. His 43-year career spanned some of America’s most exciting and most difficult times, and his folk performances—especially his beloved “Old Country Fiddler,” brought smiles to all who experienced them. He was also an innovator in the entertainment industry, recording his music and humor, as well as appearing in one of the first “talkie” films. Discover the remarkable story of “The Man from Vermont” who helped Americans forget their troubles when they needed it most with his mimicry, stories, and fiddling.
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