December 9, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wake up in the city that never sleeps and make a brand new start of it. With one of the loveliest voices in Irish traditional music Karan Casey, plus the master of tone, taste, and timing, fiddler Stuart Duncan, and a titan of the jazz tuba Howard Johnson and Gravity, this is a show not to be missed. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the samaritans of sole, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday, live from the Town Hall in the City of New York.

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Segment 1
00:00:13Tishomingo Blues
00:03:20GK talks about Christmas in New York, banning of trans fats into SFX script
00:08:02GK talks about the anniversary of John Lennon's death
00:08:38"In My Life" - GK, Karan Casey, Shoes
00:11:40GK intros the Shoe band
00:12:22"Christmas Time's A-Comin'" - Pat Donohue, Stuart Duncan, and Shoe Band
00:14:57Catchup script
00:19:25GK talks about the tubas
00:20:49"Big Alice" - Howard Johnson and Gravity
00:24:08GK talks to Howard Johnson, he intros his daughter
00:25:02"Workin' Hard For the Joneses" - Nedra Johnson and Gravity
00:28:50GK talks about how people live in the public in NY
00:29:47"Don't Scratch Your Butt" - GK and Shoes
00:32:28Powdermilk Biscuit Break/"Imagine"
Segment 2
00:35:55Shampoo script
00:41:00GK intros Karan Casey
00:43:13"Bright Winter's Day" - Karan Casey and Shoe Band
00:47:26Guy Noir script
00:59:22"This Time Will Pass" - Karan Casey and Shoe Band
01:04:14Intermission/"Alabama Jubilee"
Segment 3
01:12:26"East Tennessee Blues" - Stuart Duncan and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Segment 4
01:14:55News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:28:43"Angels From the Realms of Glory"/"Aililiu na Gamhna"/"Mason's Apron"/ "The Lilted One" - Pat Donohue, Karan Casey, Stuart Duncan, Shoes
01:34:15Mom script (with Angels We Have Heard on High)
01:46:08GK talks about Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center
01:47:06"Little Black Lucille" - Howard Johnson and Gravity
01:53:42Aida script
01:57:25Credits/"Still Still Still"

Photos from the show
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Stuart Duncan on the fiddle and Gary Raynor on bass Fred Newman shows us what he looks like in the morning
County Waterford, Ireland native Karan Casey Nedra Johnson sings "Working Hard for the Joneses"
The beautiful and intimate Town Hall during intermission Fred, Tim and Sue get a chuckle from a script

Guest Information
  • Karan Casey
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Howard Johnson and Gravity
  • Guest Recordings
  • Karan Casey
  • Stuart Duncan

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  • Catchup script
  • Shampoo script
  • Guy Noir script
  • Mom script
  • Aida script
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  • Tishomingo Blues
  • Imagine
  • Don't Scratch Your Butt

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