Dance Caller – Musician – Poet
Located in central New Hampshire
Photo by Steve Booth
At age 88, Dudley is still fully engaged in a 70-year career as a dance caller for local country dances throughout New England.
Dudley has the rare ability to both call a dance while also playing an instrument.
He plays melodeon, harmonica & sometimes, when his fingers allow, his fiddle at old town halls, farmer’s markets, folk festivals, weddings, barn dances, kitchen junkets and for the Canterbury morris dance team.
2001 Governor’s Arts Award in Folk Heritage
Awarded by Jeanne Shaheen
2009 National Heritage Fellow
National Endowment for the Arts Washington, DC for preserving traditional New England music & dance
Our country’s highest honor in the folk arts