November 18, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's a visit from Thanksgiving Past featuring two November shows from 2004. The VocalEssence ensemble sings a wonderful Navajo Prayer, and in the spirit of giving thanks "for Jersey dairy cows, cinnamon pears and walnuts; and a good cup of coffee." Vern Sutton and Janis Hardy join the choir for a Thanksgiving Cantata. Guy Noir has trouble making a good cup of coffee with the new coffeemaker he bought at the Appliance Barn, but he does find a friend in Customer Service. Kasey Chambers — a bluesy Aussie — is on the show, with her dad playing back-up guitar. And our own Irish bluesman, Pat Donohue, steps up for an appropriate post-Thanksgiving tune "Blues When I Exercise." Robin and Linda Williams head up the Department of Folk Song and The Boys of Lough join us with a wonderful song called "My Love, My God." In The News From Lake Wobegon, Garrison talks about his Grandpa Keillor, Uncle Jack, and a secret signal decoder ring he wore to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:00:55GK Introduction
00:02:47"Visions of Mother and Dad" - Robin & Linda Williams
00:06:45The Lives of the Cowboys Script
00:13:26"Blues When I Exercise" - Pat Donohue and Shoes
00:17:01GK Intros The Boys of the Lough
00:19:14"Hornpipes" - The Boys of the Lough
00:22:35"My Love, My God" - The Boys of the Lough
00:26:51Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:28:33"My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" - VocalEssence
00:32:01"Navajo Prayer" - VocalEssence
00:34:07Meat Script
00:35:19Guy Noir Script
00:45:38GK Intros Vern Sutton and Janis Hardy and the Cantata
00:47:23"Thanksgiving Cantata" - Vern Sutton, Janis Hardy, VocalEssence
00:56:29Intermission/"Charmaine" - Shoes
00:56:30GK Intermission Credits
Segment 3
01:00:31"Minnesota Thanksgiving" - GK, VocalEssence and Rich Dworsky
01:04:43Award Script
01:17:35GK Intros Kasey Chambers
01:18:53"Like a River" - Kasey Chambers
01:22:38"Pony" - Kasey Chambers
Segment 4
01:27:23The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:45:58"Stuff the Turkey" - Shoes
01:48:31GK Talks with Robin & Linda Williams
01:49:56Department of Folk Song: "Home Sweet Home", "A Mother's Prayer", Daddy & Home", "Mom & Dad's Waltz", "Precious Memories" - GK, Robin & Linda, Shoes
01:57:14GK Credits


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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."
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."


Guest Information
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
  • Boys of the Lough
  • Robin & Linda Williams
  • Guest Recordings
  • Kasey Chambers
  • VocalEssence
  • The Boys of the Lough
  • Robin & Linda Williams


  • Scripts
  • Lives of the Cowboys script
  • Meat script
  • Guy Noir
  • Award script
  • Lyrics
  • Thanksgiving Cantata




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