This week on A Prairie Home Companion, one last spring rebroadcast before we head out on the road, a show originally from The Town Hall in April 2012. Renee Fleming sings "Hallelujah," Punch Brothers perform "New York City," and Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan sing "Time's a Hoax." Plus, Dusty and Lefty provide security on Governors Island, and in Lake Wobegon, Pastor Liz is stopped by the Highway Patrol after a boring blind date.
  • Renee Fleming

    Soprano Renee Fleming has charmed audiences worldwide with her vocal intelligence, exquisite musical grace, and voice of "liquid gold." She has hosted Live from Lincoln Center on PBS as well as the Metropolitan Opera's HD series for movie theaters and TV. And this month, she makes her Broadway debut in Living on Love at the Longacre Theatre. The most recent CD from this four-time Grammy winner is Christmas in New York, released last year on the Decca label.
  • Punch Brothers

    It's hard to put a label on Punch Brothers. These five virtuosic musicians have been pushing boundaries as performers, recording artists, composers, interpreters, technicians, and stylists, since they first came together in 2006. That's when they made the album How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, which earned them a Grammy nomination. Suffice it to say, Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Thile (mandolin), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle) are stirring things up with their extraordinary sound. Their new album is The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch).
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.
  • Aoife O'Donovan

    Growing up in a musical family, Aoife O'Donovan took an interest in the American folk tradition. And after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, she formed the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still and the trio Sometymes Why. She recently collaborated with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz to create the "I'm With Her" tour, which took the trio to the U.K., Europe, and across the U.S. Aoife's latest recording, In the Magic Hour, was released earlier this year on Yep Roc Records.