Uncle Dirtytoes

Formed in Lawrence, KS in 1991.

Radio station: Listen to music by Uncle Dirtytoes

Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows


Current Status: Based in the Lawrence area, Uncle Dirtytoes plays occasionally at festivals and local haunts in the region.

Sound description: The unique sound of Uncle Dirtytoes is reflected in their extensive musical repertoire consisting mainly of originals that are complemented by a mixture of traditional and contemporary cover songs. The originals vary widely in style and flavor with songs that are evocative of other times and places, as well as portrayals of life here and now. The band derives its inspiration from lead singer and songwriter Maria Anthony and such seminal folk-rock artists as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, and Richard Thompson, and covers songs by these performers as well as artists such as Bob Dylan, the Waterboys, the Beatles, and others.

Influences: Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Jimmy Hendrix, the Beatles, Cat Stevens.

Similar to: Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Bob Dylan, The Waterboys.


Alt / Indie rock, Country / Rockabilly, Folk / Singer-songwriter, Pop


Name Released Label
Album cover Foot to the Path 1995 Self-Released
Album cover Make Them Come Alive! 1996 Self-Released


The core of Uncle Dirtytoes, Maria Anthony and Megan Hurt, have been playing together in various musical arrangements since 1988, and as Uncle Dirtytoes since 1991. Veteran guitarist Roger Holden has been with the band since 1993, Mark von Schlemmer joined on bass in 1995 and Mike Fitzgerald began drumming with the 'Toes in 1996.

Some have asked about the name Uncle Dirtytoes. (Others have not been so bold . . . ) We have divided the answer into three parts, so that you may choose the one that suits you best.

Answer #1: Uncle Dirtytoes is a derivative of a phrase found in an obscure ancient dialect of Cymri
(Welsh): Hwyncle Dffyrtthys, which roughly translates into can these foul socks, so soiled with
meaning, yet be changed?-

Answer #2: Uncle Dirtytoes is a middle-world being manifested as a rather crusty muse, and
inadvertently channeled by Maria, who thought she was watching yet another Star Trek series.

Answer #3: Uncle Dirtytoes comes from a line in a song, sort of. Can you guess which one?

Answer #4: All of the above.