Uncle Dave Dougherty and The Trough Sloppers

Uncle Dave Dougherty and The Trough Sloppers


Want a "SHOW" as well as LIVE entertainment? Uncle Dave provides BOTH. Hear old time "hillbilly" music and see a humorous stage presentation!


When one thinks of old time banjo playing, one has to think of Uncle Dave Dougherty. Uncle Dave got his first guitar in 1956 at the ripe ole age of five, and hasn't looked back since. By the time he was twelve his Grandmother Noralee Garner, an old time banjo picker, was teaching him how to play "Cripple Creek" and "Little Brown Jug" on the banjo. After learning old style banjo, or clawhammer, Uncle Dave soon learned to play the three-finger style, and the next thing you know he was working with one of the greatest old time music bands in music history The Stonemans While with The Stonemans Uncle Dave was allowed to shine, he had his own part of the show where he would put on his trademark hat, sit in a chair and play the old time tunes that Pop Stoneman made famous. The Stonemans recorded an album at that time that featured Uncle Dave's old time banjo playing and singing called "Watermelon On The Vine" a song that Uncle Dave still performs today. Uncle Dave is featured in a book, written by Ivan M. Tribe, about the Stoneman Family, called: The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family and the Music That Shaped Their Lives (Music in American Life)

Uncle Dave really began his study of old time music while living in Nashville and playing with The Stonemans. He would spend hours on end learning the old tunes from Patsy Stoneman. Not only did Patsy know most of the old songs, she had an extensive collection of Pop's old recordings beginning with the Edison Cylinders. The director of The Country Music Hall of Fame gave Uncle Dave free reign of the Hall's library to study greats like Pop Stoneman, Uncle Dave Macon, Riley Puckett, and Gid Tanner to just name a few. Uncle Dave's style of banjo playing was developed from studying these greats as well as his own lifelong collection of fiddle tunes, that he strives to play note for note.

What kind of name do you give the kind of music that Uncle Dave plays? It's not country, they murdered that on music row. It's not bluegrass Bill Monroe has conquered that. I guess the best name you can give this music is "HILLBILLY MUSIC". The word HILLBILLY is not a negative word by any means, Uncle Dave is proud of the small town of Acworth, Georgia and the Southern Culture that produced him. When you see Uncle Dave in person you will not get a historian trying to teach you about southern culture, or music history. You will however get a fun family show with side-splitting humor and just good old time music.

Uncle Dave has played almost every state in the Union, Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales. He has played banjo from the Lincoln Center in Manhattan to The Royal Albert Hall in London England, to national television on The Cumberland Highlanders Show. Not only is Uncle Dave a fine musician but also he is a devout family man, he has been married to Charleen since 1974. He says the reason they have been married so long is because he never lets her see him under a 100 watt lightbulb.

If you're looking for a special evening of music let the extraordinary woody deep tone of Uncle Dave's banjo, blended with the warm mellow tones of the other instruments fill your hearts, let the humorous songs and stories fill your soul, and let the genuine friendship enrich your life. Let Uncle Dave take you back in time to when life was simple, clean, and entertaining.

Uncle Dave & The Trough Sloppers have appeared at:

* Berea College Folk Festival - Berea, KY
* Numerous bluegrass festivals - Berea,KY
* Governor's Kentucky Derby Breakfast - Frankfort, KY
* Daughters of the American Revolution Annual Meeting - Lexington, KY
* Kentucky Folk Life Festival (2 years in a row) - Frankfort, KY
* Hindman Settlement School - Hindman, KY
* Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival - Appalshop, Whitesburg KY
* Americana Crossroads - Morehead, KY
* Cumberland Community College - Cumberland, KY
* Hillbilly Days - Pikeville, KY
* Mountain Arts Center - Prestonsburg, KY
* Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration - Bill Monroe Homestead, Rosine, KY
* Williamson Folk Festival - Williamson, NY
* Bound for Glory Radio Show - Cornell University (WVBR FM) Ithaca, NY
* Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic - NY
* CNYBA's Apple Valley Blugrass Festival - LaFayette, NY

Uncle Dave Dougherty appeared with The Stonemans as a featured "show within a show" at:

* Royal Albert Hall - London, England
* Lincoln Center - Manhattan, NY
* The Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, Canada
* The Mountaineer Opry - Milton, W.Va
* The Lousiana Hayride - Shreveport, LA
* The Johnny Cash TV Show (with Bill Monroe)
* The Beanblossom Festival
* The Grand Ole Opry
* Numerous bluegrass festivals

Uncle Dave Dougherty performed as a member of the "Bluegrass Express" package bluegrass show which consisted of Bill Monroe, James Monroe, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, Ralph Stanley, and Lester Flatt and the Nashville G


Turniptown - CD
I'm Getting Happy - CD

Dr. Chris S. Douglas
P.O. Box 697
Sharpsburg GA 30277 USA
Tel: 770-794-6633
Cell: 678-315-8753

Set List

Speed of The Plow
Sally Ann
Buddy Thomas Medley
I'm Gwine Back South
The Dying Soldier
Cherokee Shuffle
O Miss Susie
Rose in the Mountain
I'll Never Leave Old Dixie Land Again
ully's Chickens
Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes
Dixie Darling
Crooked Stovepipe
Gwine To Do De Free State
Katy Dear
Ole Time Sally Anne
Carve Dat Possum
Brushy Fork of John's Creek
Lilly of the West
Valley Forge
The Blackest Crow
Mother's Only Speeping
I'm Getting Happy

and more...