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First Two Gents Cross Over - Harold Luce

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First Two Gents Cross Over - Harold Luce


Harold Luce started fiddling with the Ed Larkin Dancers in north central Vermont in the 1930s and played with them until his death at age 95 on August 13, 2014. In this recording, he is accompanied on piano by Karl Brown.

He accompanied the dancers and called for dances, performing at two World's Fairs in New York City (1940 and 1964) and each year at the Tunbridge, VT, World's Fair. He was one of seven fiddlers featured in the 1984 documentary, "New England Fiddles," and he was the 2004 recipient of the Vermont Governor's Heritage Award.

Luce was featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, and as recently as 2008 was on staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington.

Additional recordings of Luce fiddling, and an interview in which he describes his debut with Ed Larkin watching and listening, can be found at the Vermont Folklife Center's website.



Recorded on 03/08/1990 in Chelsea, Vermont, by Gregory L. Sharrow and Miles Smith for the Vermont Folklife Center

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March 8, 1990

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