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Introducing "Lifter-Vision!"  Click Here to see the first 3-D photos of the Skirtlifters in performance - a Play Pretty Productions exclusive feature!  (Tell your friends!)

  Clarke Buehling's new CD"Out of his Gourd"  
"Last Exit to Belleville" jazz guitar duo Weddings, Ceremonies & Receptions
C larke Buehling's "Out of His Gourd" now on CD with newly recorded Bonus Tracks
BUY the CD!

   Clarke Buehling
's rare classic of Gourd Banjo music is finally available on CD!

"Out of His Gourd," "A Ragtime Episode" & Thom Howard's "Sometimes a Guitar is Just a Guitar" all available at CDBaby.

A Ragtime Episode A Ragtime Episode CDBaby: www.cdbaby.com
or from the good folks at
Elderly Instruments: www.elderly.com

(These are two of the most customer-friendly and
musician-friendly places on the web!
Ryan and Thom are back
 and better than ever!
      A big, big sound from two remarkable players! 
Thom Howard and Ryan McLouth rejoin forces for an exciting new take on Jazz and Latin standards, swing tunes and blues. (You might remember their Dali's gigs together.)  They're back with new tunes, new chops and a new look at some jazz favorites.
    Have a listen!
1. "Take Five"
  2.  "Autumn Leaves"
3. "It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got that Swing)

Thom plays Weddings! Brides and Gr ooms...
With 2009 arriving, Thom Howardis ready to help make your wedding or reception a day  that you and your guests will  never forget.  An extremely versatile guitarist, playing classical & fingerstyle guitar, Thom has over 20 years of experience playing for all parts of the wedding ceremony, and dinners and receptions of all kinds. Check out the updated Wedding Sampler Pageto hear clips of his unique wedding guitar music!  And please come meet him and hear him live at the Bridal Spectacular, January 4, 2009 at the Firley Center in Jeff City, MO. 
You can also take a look at the "Going to the Chapel" slideshowthat Silverbox Photographershas created.  All the classic wedding favorites, plus lots of pieces unique to classical guitar, including some originals.  Even special requests can be accommodated in most cases.
  Your Wedding Day may still be available!  (Thom's private events are no longer publicized on the online schedule on Thom's Page.)

" Thom - Thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception.  You were the perfect fit for our intimate setting and we're thrilled this worked out."
-Kristan and Bryant, 5-24-08

Congratulations...Best wishes...and Thank You!
-Thom Howard
Skirtlifters International...

Check out the new sound clipsand performance photosof the Skirtlifters!

New Sound Clips!

Our new Sound Clips pagehas newly posted samples of music, including a tunes from the new Skirtlifters CD "A Ragtime Episode", children 's music from Sarah and Thom, and solo guitar music from Thom Howard's CD Sometimes a Guitar is Just a Guitar".


Under each performer heading you will find information about the performers, including programs, photographs, biographical info, contact information, and the usual things you find in press packets.  Each performer can present several differently themed concerts, workshops and seminars.  We all love traveling throughout the midwest, the U.S. and beyond, performing for festivals, schools, colleges, music societies and storytelling societies, weddings, and just about any type of venue you can name.  We hope you'll enjoy having a look at our information, listening to our recording samples, and learning about our performances.  And please, contactus!  Hopefully we can come and perform for you some time soon. And we'd love to know what you think of our recordings, performances, andeven the information in these pages.

And always remember...Play Pretty!

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