The Skirtlifters in Europe (2004)
Switzerland, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, United States


The Skirtlifters played a 3-week, 5 country tour in July, 2004.  Performances in Switzerland, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States introduced thousands of new listeners to their authentic ragtime, minstrel era and old time music.

To the right, the crowd at the Brosella Festival in Brussels gets their first taste of a ragtime string band.












Schaffhausen, Switzerland hosts the Over Easy Bluegrass Festival, where you might hear anything from an Irish jig to the classic high lonesome sound performed in German.  You might even hear four guys from the States singing about a 'possum hunt.
After a four-day stint at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland, it was time for a few days traveling around the island.  Below (on left) is the band at Castle Dunleigh on the northern coast.  Below (on right) is a shot Thom took of the clearest rainbow he had ever seen.  It lasted almost an hour, and a lighter second rainbow is just to its right.








Before the concert in the Minimes church in Brussels, we timed the echo at around 8 seconds!  Fortunately a full crowd cut that down to a manageable reverb.  We sold out of our short run of "A Ragtime Episode" here, with one more performance to go before we met the major run of the CD at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado.








Before the concert in the Minimes church in Brussels, we timed the echo at around 8 seconds!  Fortunately a full crowd cut that down to a manageable reverb.  We sold out of our short run of "A Ragtime Episode" here, with one more performance to go before we met the major run of the CD at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado.