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 February 3, 2012 with Deborah Henson-Conant

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Flagpole Radio Cafe Theme, Saturday at the Old Town Hall
A Word from Our Sponsor
President Lincoln and the Gettysburgh Address
Sitting on Top of the World
Allan Gilbert's Mom
At Last

Special guest Deborah Henson-Conant

Flagpole Radio News
Real News from the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
A Song
...Appear on the Shore
Theme song reprise

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

Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines
in association with the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT is a one-woman orchestra, with electric harp, voice and a looper pedal she uses to layer sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. Her signature instrument is an 11 pound carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France, it’s now one of the fastest-selling new harp models in the world and carries her name, the “DHC Blue-Light.”

Forget the demure harpist – Henson-Conant is a showman, entertainer and solid musician who’s been compared to musical greats from Leonard Bernstein to Elvis Presley. She’s been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show and NPR’s Weekend Edition, and in two full-length PBS music specials. Henson-Conant’s voice is compared to Carly Simon and Joan Baez; her playing to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix; and her humor to musical comedian Victor Borge. The shows are tied together by powerful, funny, affirming stories and universal humor. See more of her at

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

Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese,
Dick Neal and Francine Wheeler

Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, David Wheeler

  • General Manager
  •   Sound Engineers
  • Stage Manager
  • Box Office
  • Graphic Design
  • Guest Artist Coordinator
  • Richard Gaines
  • David Shugarts, Dan Williamson  
  • Ann Hithcock
  • Donna Mangiafico
  • David Wheeler
  • Rick Brodsky

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 association 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. Rebroadcasts of the show are carried on WPKN radio and Charter Community Vision 21 in Newtown, CT. Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow, Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.