The Flea Bitten Dawgs came together as a group after a recording that was a video promotion for a benefit for KDHX 88.1 Community Radio in St. Louis, MO in February 2010. The rendition we performed of Irving Berlin’s Russian Lullaby was done with a couple of day’s rehearsal and David playing a ukulele he borrowed from Thom! The video has had over 11,000 hits on Youtube! Since the band came together, we have played in 10 states, and three countries. We have radio airplay on 7 stations including one on the big island in Hawaii, released three CD’s and have had over 50,000 views on videos we, and fan’s, have on youtube and Facebook. There was a mini-documentary filmed by KETC Channel Nine; Living St. Louis, a PBS station, on Thom’s involvement with the ukulele in St. Louis, plus featured in the documentary “UWC V: A Field Guide” about the Ukulele World Congress. In 2015 Michael “Supe” Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils recorded “My Dog Bob, one of Thom’s original songs, for his CD, ”Chickens in the Yard”. The Flea Bitten Dawgs were one of the headliners at the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in 2016. While there, we played live on BBC Radio. We have shared the stage with Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox, Brook Adams, Cali Rose, Donna Frost, Peter Moss, Stuart Fuch. We have played together with Michael “Supe” Granda, Gerald Ross, Brook Adams, and David Gans from The Grateful Dead Hour. When opening for Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band Thom was asked to play with them for part of their set. Thom is also the founder and music director of the Whole Earth Nuclear Ukulele Orchestra , a 25 piece ukulele orchestra, which has played annual benefits since 2010.
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