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"Uncle Dow" as his friends have come to know him, has inspired many performers with the scope of his talents for over two decades. He has become a legendary Entertainer.
-- That Guy with the Top Hat --
Dow Thomas is a complete one-man show and has been performing his blend of music and comedy since. 1972. His vast repertoire and ever changing program guarantee audiences an unforgettable evening of entertainment.
Dow has written numerous original songs and his instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, harmonicas and pedal bass. Add to this masks, wigs, and props, as Dow changes characters to fit the mood of the music. Quick-quips, ad-libs, and audience participation are a part of Dow's trademark. His show is a proven crowd-pleaser everywhere.
SOME QUOTES TO PONDER...
"...A RESURRECTION OF THE TRADITION OF TROURADOUR, SINGING, CLOWNING, PLAYING THE AUDIENCE CAREFULLY, MAKING THEM LAUGH," JOURNALHERALD - BOB SAMMON.
"DOW IS A VISUAL ANOMALY, DECKED OUT IN A BLACK TUXEDO WITH WHITE FRILLS AND A CLASSIC TOP HAT AND SPORTING PAST - THE SHOULDER HAIR AND A FULL BEARD, HE'S BEEN KNOCKING OREGON DISTRICT TAVERN CROWDS OFF THEIR SEATS FOR YEARS." JOURNALHERALD - JIM COLLINS.
"BUTT THE EVENING BELONGED TO ... DOW THOMAS AND HIS GUITAR. THOMAS PRESENTED A TWISTED ARRAY OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND ROCK SONGS WHICH HAD BEEN ALTERED JUST A LITTLE BIT TO FIT HIS BRAND OF HUMOR. DRESSED IN AN ABRAHAM LINCOLN STOVE-POPE HAT, BLACK JEANS AND A BLACK TRENCH COAT, THE SELF PROCLAIMED BUM - WHO WAS ALSO A SURPRISE ADDITION TO THE SHOW - GOT THE AUDIENCE SINGING AND LAUGHING AND, IN THE END, GIVING A STANDING OVATION." CIRCLEVILLE HERALD - JEFF AUTREY..
"OF COURSE, STRAIGHT LINES ARE NOT WHAT HAVE MADE DOW THOMAS ARGUABLE DAYTON'S MOST POPULAR PERFORMER" DAYTON DAILY NEWS - D. L. STEWART.
"HE PLAYS GOOD MUSIC WELL. IT IS POSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND HIS LYRICS AND UPON HEARING THEM RECOGNIZE A COHERENCE WITHIN, HIS INSTRUMENTATION IS CHOSEN TO ACCENT A PARTICULAR PIECE, NOT FOR THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE TO SENSITIVE EARS." JOURNALHERALD - BOB SAMMON.
"EVERY TIME I WRITE ABOUT DOW ... I FIND MYSELF WISHING THAT NEWSPRINT WAS A MORE FLEXIBLE MEDIUM. ...STATIC PHOTOS AND THE WRITTEN WORD CAN ONLY GO SO FAR TOWARD CAPTURING THE MOOD, THE INVENTION OF HIS ACT." JOURNALHERALD - BOB SAMMON.