Tony Doherty and daughter Marge, 1948
Tony Doherty and daughter Marge, 1948

Doherty Family Recordings

The Doherty Family Recordings were made by Marge Sontag (née Doherty) and other members of the Tony and Margaret Doherty Family at the family home on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958. They feature the family patriarch Tony Doherty (1896–1972) on fiddle, daughter Marge on piano and accordion, daughter Mary Waldner (neé Doherty) on piano and daughter Joan Cheney (neé Doherty) on piano. One of the daughters also sings two songs. There is some talk between performances including brief chat with Tony and Margaret, some naming of tune titles and musicians, a Lawrence Welk skit and some narration of the tape itself.

The original was recorded on reel to reel tape and transferred to cassette tape by family members. A cassette tape version belonging to Tony's grandson Chris Cheney was digitized by the McKiernan Library.