Click on the links below for Video clips
'Wild Horses', Dick Neal on banjo
Barbara Gaines' Newtown, 'Funny Valentine'
Bethany & Rufus
'Three Card Monty', Major 7th, 'Carry On'
'Feel It All Over', Closing
A Message from the Executive Producer
Due to the incessant bad weather including snow, ice, wintry mix, high winds, ice dams, snow drifts and sub-zero temper
atures, management of The Flagpole Radio Café regrets that
we were unable to provide a complete playlist of the evening’s
offerings in time for the programs to be printed.
If we were able to provide the complete playlist it probably
would have set forth something along the lines of The Opening
Song, a parody commercial, one or two songs (1), a longer sketch
perhaps with an eye towards a historical event or current
holiday (2), another song or two (3),
a contrasting contemporary sketch (4),
more music followed by our guest artists Bethany and Rufus
Their set would be followed by The Flagpole Radio News (9),
legitimate arts news (9) and a return to the show proper with some
more music, perhaps an original song by Jim (10). That would be
followed by another commercial parody (10),
followed by another song (10),
followed by a sketch involving a husband and wife and
their petty problems (11),
leading to the last song and a recapitulation
of the theme song (12).
But as I said, bad weather prevented the full realization of this
plan and the above outline will have to suffice.
If you have any complaints, please direct them to the Weather
BETHANY & RUFUS:
BETHANY YARROW, VOCALS; RUFUS CAPPADOCIA, CELLO
BETHANY & RUFUS
duo that push the boundaries of American roots music far into
unexpected territories, sliding seamlessly between groove, world, blues, and traditional
As the daughter of folk legend
(of Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany
Yarrow absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s
her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material
that allows her to turn these songs inside out and find their less explored, enchanted
underside. Rufus Cappadocia is renowned for his cross cultural collaborations, taking the cello into previously unexplored realms.
Cappadocia has collaborated with a
wide spectrum of world music artists, and through his work with West African, Haitian Vodoun and
Arabic Music his unique musical voice traces the lineage of American music
back to its root sources.
In January 2007 Bethany & Rufus released their debut record “900 Miles” on Hyena Records.
THE RADIO CAFE ORCHESTRA
Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neal, Chris Teskey
with Francine Wheeler
THE FLAGPOLE SHAKESPEARE REPERTORY THEATRE
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.