March 12, 2011 // Show # 1280

The Island of Saints and Scholars

Martin Sheen

Coming up on A Prairie Home Companion, an all-things-Irish compilation in advance of St. Patrick's Day on the 17th. Martin Sheen plays James Joyce in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, the late Frank Harte sings a tune from Finnegans Wake, and Pat Donohue has the Irish Blues. Plus, Sean O'Driscoll, Cathal McConnell and The Boys of the Lough, and Solas. In Lake Wobegon, Ronnie Detmer's uncle travels to Dublin to collect an inheritance. Grab your hankie for a "Danny Boy" sing-along and say a prayer for your sainted mother, this week.

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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 APHC Logo Open
    • 00:00:12 Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:55 GK Intro
    • 00:02:07 “Rocks of Bahn,” The Boys of the Lough
    • 00:06:24 Guy Noir with Vern Sutton and KT Sullivan re: Danny O'Danny (GK, SS, TR, FN, VS, KTS)
    • 00:23:18 “Ireland, You're the Love of My Heart,” Dervish
    • 00:27:25 GK Powdermilk Intro
    • 00:28:43 Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:29:58 The Lives of the Cowboys with Martin Sheen as James Joyce (GK, SS, TR, FN, MS)
    • 00:42:00 Song from “Finnegans Wake,” and “The Brown and the Yellow Ale,” Frank Harte
    • 00:49:10 GK Boys of the Lough Intro
    • 00:49:29 Set of Jigs, The Boys of the Lough
    • 00:52:45 Lutheran St. Patrick's script(GK, SS, TR)
    • 00:57:58 “Sheebeg, Sheemore,” Pat Donohue
    • 00:59:33 GK Intermission (“Hurricane of Reels,” Cathal McConnell, Big John and Valerie McManus)
  • Segment 3
    • 01:03:44 GK Welcome Back
    • 01:04:37 “There's the Day,” Cathal McConnell
    • 01:08:14 GK's Irish history script (GK, SS, TR)
    • 01:14:03 “Irish Blues,” Pat Donohue
    • 01:16:50 Rhubarb re: wanting to be Irish (GK, SS, TR, FN, VS)
    • 01:23:14 “Farewell to Ballyshanny,” Sean O'Driscoll
    • 01:26:49 GK Intro Solas
    • 01:27:07 Set of Reels, Solas
  • Segment 4
    • 01:31:14 Monologue RE: Dublin lunchroom inheritance
  • Segment 5
    • 01:53:09 “Toura Loura Loura,” GK with Kantorei
    • 01:54:20 GK Credits
    • 01:55:27 “O' Danny Boy,” The St. Olaf Choir
    • 01:58:35 GK Recorded Credits

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