Adam Boyce - Honest John

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Adam Boyce - Honest John


Northern / Singing


Traditional quadrille, recorded at an open house sponsored by the Ed Larkin Dancers, Tunbridge, Vermont, March 12, 2010. The prompter is Adam Boyce, and the musicians are Harold Luce on fiddle and his daughter, Donna Weston, on piano.

The dance's fame spread beyond its Vermont origins. In a "Northern Junket" article (vol. 1, no. 3, June 1949, p. 16), a fictionalized account of a New Hampshire kitchen party, Ralph Page has his uncle and mentor Wallace Dunn say this: "Came from round Newbury, Vermont. Used to be a family name of Van Orman live up there. Big family, and all good musicians. The old man put the figures and music together, seventy-eighty years ago [i.e., between 1870 and 1880]."

Ralph Page and the Boston Boys recorded two figures of "Honest John" for Michael Herman around 1951 (Folk Dancer MH 1032, with calls; MH 1035, without calls).


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