This week, a last-minute fall repeat, from September 2013 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Väsen play their "Polska for Tom Morrow," Chris Thile performs a few Bach violin pieces translated for the mandolin, and Chic Gamine sing "All Night." In Lake Wobegon, a bear visits the town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed.
  • Väsen

    Since forming more than 25 years ago, Väsen has become Sweden's leading acoustic trio, taking their exciting brand of music to far-flung corners of the globe. As one reviewer quipped, "This music could be the most significant Swedish export since the Vikings." With Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Mikael Marin on viola, and Roger Tallroth on guitar, the group was named 2015's "Band of the year" at the Folk & Världsmusikgalan (Folk and World Music Gala) in Stockholm. Their most recent album is Väsen Live pa Gamla Bion (NorthSide).
  • Chic Gamine

    Hailing from Winnipeg and Montreal, vocal quintet Chic Gaminefirst got together five years ago. Since then, their fresh new sound - Motown to French pop - has captivated music lovers and earned the group a Juno Award for their self-titled debut album. Their second CD, City City, came out in 2010, and their first official U.S. release is due out later this year. Chic Gamine is Alexa Dirks, Andrina Turenne, Annick Bremault, Ariane Jean, and Sacha Daoud.
  • Chris Thile

    Chris Thile made his first appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 1996. He was 15 and had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He'd also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo recording, 1994's Leading Off. This Grammy winner now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile's solo albums include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
  • The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band - September 21, 2013

    The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. Keyboard player, composer and improviser in any style, he also writes all the script themes and underscores. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me. Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too - recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody's Fault and Vicksburg Blues (a collaboration with Butch Thompson) are the most recent of Pat's albums. Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band and Sammy Davis Jr., with whom he toured for several years. He was first call for dozens of touring Broadway shows, including the first presentation of The Lion King. Gary teaches at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul. When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he'd won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony.