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 May 19, 2012 with Elisabeth von Trapp

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Flagpole Radio Cafe Theme, Saturday at the Old Town Hall
A Word from Our Sponsor
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
The War of 1812
Dear Old Dixie
Sax and Violins
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Special guest: The Elisabeth von Trapp Trio

Flagpole Radio News
Real News from the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
Priority Gal
Mother’s Day
Theme song reprise

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

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

Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, David Wheeler

Martin Blanco
Jim Allyn

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

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

Born and raised in Vermont, ELISABETH VON TRAPP is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Inspired by her father Werner von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. Building on her famed family’s passion for music, Elisabeth has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. Listeners have likened her to Judy Collins and Loreena McKennitt. Critics have called her voice ...“hauntingly clear” “joyfully expressive” and “simply beautiful.” Elisabeth has released fi ve self-produced albums, and has performed across the United States, Austria and Russia. Her music has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC-Radio, Japanese National Radio and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s Eye on People, ABC’s Good Morning America and BBC-TV.

PAUL ASBELL (guitar/vocals) has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Paul Butterfi eld, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill. In 1978, he formed Kilimanjaro which led to several appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and numerous national tours and concert dates. In 1981, he and other members of Kilimajaro joined forces with a legendary saxophonist/blues singer to form Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band, which remained a Northeast regional favorite until Big Joe’s passing in 2005. Paul’s guitar can be heard on all of Elisabeth’s CDs; One Heart, One Mind, Christmas Song,Poetic License and Love Never Ends.

PETER RILEY (bass/vocals) is a founding member of the award-winning bluegrass ensemble Breakaway and the hard driving rock unit, the X-Rays. A master of both acoustic and electric bass, Peter slides seamlessly from appalachian tragedy to roadhouse heartbreak. He is a true Renaissance man; a songwriter and music teacher, nationally recognized birder, piano tuner, irish tenor and a formidable force on the links as one of Vermont’s top amatuer golfers. Peter’s instrumental and vocal accompaniment and arrangements can be heard on all of Breakaway’s recordings as well as Elisabeth’s CDs Christmas Song, Poetic License and Love Never Ends.

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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 The Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre. 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.