March 17, 2012 // Show # 1333

Spring Stobhach

Frank McCourt

This weekend on A Prairie Home Companion, an Irish Stew for all the fair haired Emerald Islanders in celebration of the feast of St. Patrick. The late Frank McCourt reads from "Angela's Ashes," Billy Collins reads "Afternoon with Irish Cows," and Karan Casey sings a song she learned from Frank Harte called "The Brown and Yellow Ale." Martin Sheen appears in The Lives of the Cowboys as James Joyce, Sean O'Driscoll sings "Farewell to Ballyshanny," and Altan performs "I Wish My Love Was a Red Red Rose." Plus, what "Irishness" means to Lake Wobegoners and grab the hankie for dear old "Danny Boy."


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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 APHC Logo Open
    • 00:00:12 Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:55 GK Intro
    • 00:02:37 "The Brown and Yellow Ale," Karan Casey (6/4/05)
    • 00:06:24 "Afternoon with Irish Cows," Billy Collins (11/30/02)
    • 00:08:30 GK's Irish History script (3/4/00)
    • 00:14:19 "Irish Blues," Pat Donohue (3/17/07)
    • 00:17:07 Rhubarb script re: St. Patrick's Day (3/17/07)
    • 00:23:32 "Farewell to Ballyshanny," Sean O'Driscoll (11/2/96)
    • 00:27:07 GK Powdermilk Intro
    • 00:27:41 Powdermilk Biscuit Break (10/1/05)
  • Segment 2
    • 00:28:56 Cowboys script with Martin Sheen (6/7/08)
    • 00:40:59 Frank McCourt reads from "Angela's Ashes": "Paddy Clohessy Has No Shoes" (12/6/97)
    • 00:44:31 "There's the Day," Cathall McConnell (3/4/00)
    • 00:48:08 GK Intro Diary Script
    • 00:48:30 Diary script with Erica Rhodes re: Ulysses (4/9/11)
    • 00:56:55 "I Wish My Love Was a Red, Red Rose," Altan (4/11/98)
    • 01:01:02 GK Intermission ("Hurricane of Reels," Cathal McConnell, Big John and Valerie McManus (3/4/00))
  • Segment 3
    • 01:05:08 GK Welcome Back
    • 01:05:30 Bob script re: Fathers Flynn and Flye (10/1/05)
    • 01:22:11 "Ireland, You're the Love of My Heart," Dervish (6/17/00)
    • 01:26:20 Lutherans on St. Patrick's Day script (3/22/97)
  • Segment 4
    • 01:31:32 News From Lake Wobegon, from Dublin (3/4/00)
  • Segment 5
    • 01:53:26 "Toura Loura Loura," GK with Kantorei (3/27/99)
    • 01:54:48 GK Credits
    • 01:55:48 "Oh Danny Boy," St. Olaf Choir (11/17/01)

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