The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a Living History performance on November 20th, featuring Adam Boyce as Ralph Page, the Dean of American Folk Dancing. Sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, admission is free to this public event.
Born in the Munsonville section of Nelson, New Hampshire in 1903, Ralph Page called his first dance as a last minute substitute with no previous training. This experience would launch him into a 54-year career as a professional caller and dance teacher. He became an internationally-recognized authority on New England folk dancing and its traditions. A musician, composer and folklorist, Page authored several books on dance and music history, in addition to publishing his own monthly magazine Northern Junket for 34 years. Along with some live and recorded music, Adam Boyce portrays Ralph Page near the end of his life, c. 1984, sharing Page’s recollections and sometimes blunt but colorful commentaries on the “progress” of folk dancing.
Adam Boyce, a 10th generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance prompter and square dance caller. He has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge, piano backup, as well as competitor. He was the 2000 Vermont division champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in nearly every New England state. Adam has served in several locally elected offices, including town moderator. On occasion, he delivers dry rural wit and wisdom as a Yankee humorist for the Vermont Arts Council.
After providing this orientation to the life of Ralph Page, Adam Boyce will return to Nelson on Saturday, December 14th to present a contra and square dance in the style of Ralph Page in the 1940s.
This Living History presentation is presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Humanities to Go program, the Monadnock Folklore Society, and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson, NH.
The presentation takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.