November 27, 2004
What's a holiday without friends, we say, and that's why we've invited some of the best back to St. Paul for the Thanksgiving-weekend show: The Boys of the Lough will play traditional Celtic tunes and singer/pianist Kelley Hunt will tune in with the blues. Robin and Linda Williams will be with us as well, as will guitarist/mandolinist/fiddler John Niemann, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and more.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:45Carson script
00:09:24GK compares winter to marriage
00:09:55"I Am a Pilgrim" - GK/Robin & Linda Williams
00:12:26Meat script
00:13:30"Blues When I Exercise" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
00:17:11GK introduces Boys of the Lough
00:19:46"Hornpipes" - Boys of the Lough
00:22:27"My Love, My God" - Boys of the Lough
00:27:49Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:29:27GK talks to Robin & Linda Williams
00:30:13Department of Folk Song: "Home Sweet Home," "A Mother's Prayer," "Daddy & Home," "Mom & Dad's Waltz," "Precious Memories"
00:40:29Guy Noir
00:48:56"Someday Never Comes" - John Niemann and Shoe Band
Segment 3
00:53:02GK introduces Kelley Hunt
00:53:33"Long Way Home" - Kelley Hunt Band
00:58:11"Why Do I Love You?" - Kelley Hunt Band
01:03:00Intermission/"Avalon" - Shoe Band
Segment 4
01:07:16Welcome back/Greetings
01:10:30"Visions of Mother and Dad" - Robin & Linda Williams
01:14:50Lives of the Cowboys script
01:21:38GK talks to Kelley Hunt
01:22:13"A New Shade of Blue" - Kelley Hunt Band
Segment 5
01:26:42The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:46:05"Stuff the Turkey" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:48:42"We're All Republicans Now" - GK and Shoe Band
01:51:00GK introduces Boys of the Lough
01:51:32"Polkas" - Boys of the Lough
01:56:03Credits, "The Parting Glass," "Floers for Edinburgh" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band/Boys of the Lough

Photos from the show

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Sound-effects man Tom Keith chimes in on the Carson script. Garrison introduces the Boys of the Lough, a traditional Celtic folk band, and learns how to pronounce the name Cathal.
The Boys of the Lough with the Irish ballad, "My Love, My God." Garrison starts the second hour of the show with some greetings submitted by the audience.
Robin and Linda Williams with a song Linda wrote about her parents, "Visions of Mother and Dad." The Boys of the Lough's Cathal (pronounced "Ca'-hal") McConnell closes the show with "The Parting Glass."

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  • Kelley Hunt
  • Robin & Linda Williams
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  • Boys of the Lough
  • Kelley Hunt
  • Robin & Linda Williams
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  • Meat script
  • Guy Noir
  • Lives of the Cowboys script



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    Scene at the Fitz

    The People We Meet at Our Show

    Peter Cryan and Jim Olmstead
    Dads Peter Cryan
    & Jim Olmstead
    We met these two guys on November 27, waiting outside in the snow for their families. Or "family," as the case may be since their kids got married in July: Peter Cryan (left) and his wife Terry were in St. Paul from Bolton, Massachusetts to give thanks with Jim (right) and Dixie Olmstead, the parents of son Phillip Cryan's new wife Julia. The newlywed Cryans drove up from Ames, Iowa for the occasion.




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