The Dixie Butterhounds are an old-time string band whose members include:

Paul Boyd - fiddle, banjo
George Touchstone - fiddle, banjo mandolin, slide guitar
Jon Gersh - banjo, guitar
Mark Wholley - guitar, fiddle, mandolin

Kathy Fletcher often joins us, playing fiddle and guitar, and contributing lead and harmony vocals.

Alan Bradbury, Larry Unger, Eric Levenson, Paul Strother, Deb Tankard, Dana Sue Leichter and Dave Stryker have played bass with us.

Jon and Kathy, with some help from the rest of us and other friends, also perform as Planet Banjo.



Our Music

We play old time string band music. It consists mainly of southern Appalachian fiddle tunes and songs, though we also branch out into rags and bluesy numbers as well. We play for square or contra dances as well as for performances.


We play a monthly opening set on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass Ave in Cambridge. The next one is April 13th, when we'll be opening for Johnny Campbell & the Bluegrass Drifters. We play about an hour starting around 8:30 pm.

At NEFFA this year we will be playing for an "Intro to Square Dancing" session with Beth Parkes in High School Rm. 123, Sunday, April 17th, at 11:30am. In addition, Jon and Kathy will be appearing with the Assabet Ramblers playing for "Seated Square Dances" in High School Rm. 123 on Saturday April 16th at 4:00pm and Jon, Kathy and Mark, appearing as Planet Banjo, will be leading a "Honky-Tonk Sing Along" in Middle School Rm. 103/104 at 2:00pm on Saturday April 16th.

We have played recently at the Cantab, the NEFFA Festival, the MIT Folk Dance Club, Johnny D’s, Club Passim, the Country Dance New York American Contra Dance series, the CDS-Boston Second Saturdays Series, NEFFA's Thursday Night Contra series, the Montpelier First Night, Mahoney's Garden Center, Framingham State College, the Big E, the Rochester, VT SummerNight Festival, the Photographic Resource Center, Spencertown Academy, the Wakefield Town Common Concert Series, the Down East Country Dance Festival, Dance Flurry, the Full Moon Cafe, the "Words on a String" Festival in Quebec, the Montague Old Home Day, the Boston Bluegrass Union Springfest, and the Linden Tree Coffee House.



Johnny D’s, December 23, 1997
Linden Tree Coffee House, October 24, 1998
A Cambridge Block Party, June 5, 1999
Montague Old Home Day, August 21, 1999
"Words on a String" Festival in Quebec, July 15, 2000 with the Kitchen Sync Cloggers
Johnny D's, December 19, 2000 with the Kitchen Sync Cloggers
First Night, Montpelier, Vt, December 31, 2000 with the Kitchen Sync Cloggers
Johnny D's, December 18, 2001 with the Kitchen Sync Cloggers
Photographic Resource Center, January 17th, 2002
Mahoney’s, October 6th, 2002
New England Real Ale Expo, May 2nd, 2003
The Big E, September 20, 2003 with the Kitchen Sync Cloggers


Sound Clips

Johnny D’s, December 19, 2000 
    Rye Straw - 448k
    Spring Creek Gals - 320k
    I’ve Been All Around This World - Lead: Mark, Harmony: Kathy - 384k
    Milwaukee Blues - Lead: George, Harmony: Mark - 640k
    Liza Jane - We all play banjo: Paul and Larry: 5 string, Jon: Piccolo Banjo, Mark: Banjo Guitar, George: Banjo Mandolin - 480k
    Old Plank Road Lead: Jon, Harmony: Mark - 480k



For booking information, contact Jon Gersh at (781) 641-1618.
If you have hired us for a performance or dance, here is a page of Promotion and Production information.


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