The Flagpole Radio Café

    is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions™
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

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Program for September 25, 2010 with Ramblin' Jack Elliot

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Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Flagpole Radio Cafe Theme, Saturday at the Old Town Hall
A Word from Our Sponsor

Connecticut Senatorial Grudge Match
I Got A Woman
A visit to The Antiques Road Show
Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Special guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
Part 1,    Part 2,    Part 3

Flagpole Radio News
Real News from the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
Pike County Breakdown
I Can’t Get Started
A Word from Our Sponsor
Paperwork from School
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Theme song reprise

Saturday at the Old Town Hall and Honeybee music and lyrics by Jim Allyn

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. In the tradition of rovingtroubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy.

In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters.He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwrit­ers, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell, The Grateful Dead and countless others.

In 1995, Ramblin’ Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, “In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin’ Jack has himself become an American treasure.”

Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neal, Chris Teskey
with Francine Wheeler

Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, David Wheeler

Written by Martin Blanco

with Jim Allyn, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, John Morogiello,
Greg van Antwerp, and David Wheeler

  • Sound Engineers
  • Stage Manager
  • Box Office
  • General Manager
  • Graphic Design
  • David Shugarts, Dan Williamson
  • Ann Hithcock
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Richard Gaines
  • David Wheeler

For those not acquainted with The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines and Jim Allyn in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre. The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio. Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow, Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.