November 20, 2004
The more the merrier, we always say, and that's why we're happy to have the 32 voices of Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence Ensemble Singers filling the glorious old Fitz again this Saturday. We've also invited Australia's bluesy rock & roll singer Kasey Chambers, plus guitarist/mandolinist/fiddler John Niemann, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and more.

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Segment 1
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:19"Over the River and Through the Woods" - Shoe Band/GK talks about Thanksgiving
00:04:40"Minnesota Thanksgiving" - GK/VocalEssence/Rich Dworsky
00:08:44Award script
00:21:47GK talks to Kasey Chambers
00:22:58"Like a River" - Kasey Chambers
00:26:41"Pony" - Kasey Chambers
00:31:30Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:33:07GK introduces VocalEssence, reads audience thank you messages
00:35:00"My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" - VocalEssence
00:38:12GK reads more audience thanks
00:39:36"Navajo Prayer" - VocalEssence
Segment 3
00:41:18Meat script
00:42:32Guy Noir
00:52:49"Thanksgiving Cantata" - Vern Sutton, Janis Hardy, VocalEssence
01:03:20Intermission/"Charmaine" - Shoe Band
Segment 4
01:10:12Department of Folk Song: "Juanita," On the Road to Mandalay," "Du, Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen"
01:18:00"Hornpipes Aplenty" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:20:26GK talks to Kasey Chambers
01:23:00"Not Pretty Enough" - Kasey Chambers
01:26:40"Bluebird" - Kasey Chambers
01:31:03"Come Live With Me and Be My Love" - VocalEssence
Segment 5
01:35:07The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:50:23"O Herbst" - VocalEssence
01:53:22Catchup script
01:56:20Credits, "On the Road to Mandalay," "Over the River and Through the Woods" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

Photos from the show
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Bluesy Australian singer Kasey Chambers and her band, with "Like a River." Philip Brunelle leads his VocalEssence Ensemble singers in "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need."
Sound-effects man Tom Keith is behind the sounds of Guy Noir's stories. Hardy, Sutton and the Ensemble Singers perform the Thanksgiving Cantata, which was written with messages submitted by listeners and audience members.
Garrison chats with Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers' backup guitarist and dad. Garrison Keillor leads the audience in "On the Road To Mandalay."

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