December 6, 2003
This week we broadcast live from Town Hall in New York City. Our guests included acerbic pianist and composer Randy Newman, the Celtic Boys of the Lough, and Geoff Muldaur and his Futuristic Ensemble.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo (MPR)
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:48GK talks about being in New York during the blizzard, his trip here from Minneapolis
00:04:55"Snowstorm Boogie" - Pat Donohue, Shoe band, and horns
00:08:59"Waiting at the End of the Road" - Geoff Muldaur and his Futuristic Ensemble and Shoe Band
00:14:25"The Wren Jigs" - Boys of the Lough
00:18:13"You've Got A Friend in Me" - Randy Newman
00:20:32"Hush Little Baby" - GK and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Segment 2
00:24:32Lutheran Air script
00:27:32Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:29:12GK talks with Randy Newman
00:31:50"World Isn't Fair" - Randy Newman
00:35:16"Political Science" - Randy Newman
Segment 3
00:37:46Guy Noir Script
00:50:47GK talks with Geoff Muldaur
00:51:36"Take Your Tomorrow" - Geoff Muldaur, Manhattan Rhythm Boys, Futuristic Ensemble
00:54:15"Clouds" - Geoff Muldaur and Rich Dworsky
Segment 4
00:57:02Liberty script
00:59:09Intermission - "I Found a New Baby"
01:03:34Greetings
01:07:38"Come Together" / "Ticket to Ride" / "Imagine" / "I Wanna Be Your Man" - Shoe Band, audience members, Boys of the Lough, into GK talking with Boys of the Lough
01:19:02"Keane Reels" - Boys of the Lough
01:22:04"Night of Bethlehem" - Boys of the Lough
01:27:19GK talks about Bix Beiderbecke
01:28:07"Davenport Blues" - Futuristic Ensemble
Segment 5
01:30:43The News from Lake Wobegon
01:43:04"In My Life" - GK
01:46:05"Leave Your Hat On" - Randy Newman
01:49:24"Marie" - Randy Newman
01:53:18Jigs
01:56:10Jingle Bells closer

Photos from the show
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Town HallTimes Square
Geoff Muldaur's Futuristic Ensemble Randy Newman
Fred Newman and Tim Russell Manhattan Rhythm Kings

Guest Information
  • Randy Newman
  • Boys of the Lough
  • Geoff Muldaur
  • Guest Recordings
  • Randy Newman
  • Boys of the Lough
  • Geoff Muldaur

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  • Lutheran Air
  • Guy Noir
  • Liberty




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