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This week: we're heading to our home-away-from-home in New York City, the historic Town Hall on West 43rd Street, for a live broadcast with special guests Marcus Mumford, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Trevor Noah. Plus: a new Song of the Week from our host, Chris Thile, and the band (singer Gaby Moreno, pianist and music director Rich Dworsky, guitarist Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas on fiddle, bassist Paul Kowert, and Ted Poor on drums); our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Serena Brook, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; and another chance to hear your song request performed live on the radio. It's all brought to you, as usual, by Powdermilk Biscuits -- tune in on your local public radio station or watch live (Saturday, 5pm - 7pm Central Time) at prairiehome.org!
Download the Song of the Week, "Thank You, New York"
  • Marcus Mumford

    Marcus Mumford is the lead singer of the British band Mumford & Sons. Since forming in 2007, the group's fusion of rock and traditional music has won over fans worldwide. They have released three full-length studio albums to date, the last two of which debuted at No. 1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. Among their honors are Grammys, BRITs, Billboard Music Awards, ARIAs, the Juno, the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, and more. Recent recordings include Wilder Mind and a five-song EP, Johannesburg, both on the Glassnote label.
  • Corinne Bailey Rae

    As a youngster in Leeds, England, singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae sang in church and studied classical violin. Now, several decades later, her music spans indie, electronic, soul, and experimental. Her self-titled 2006 debut album caught the attention of music lovers on both sides of the Atlantic and garnered a Grammy nomination. Her most recent recording, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, released earlier this year on the Virgin/EMI label, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart. John McCallum (guitar); Steve Brown (keyboard).
  • Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah, born in Johannesburg to a white European father and a black South African mother, grew up during the twilight of apartheid, when simply being biracial put him and his family in grave danger. But even in dire circumstances, he found humor. When he took over as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show in 2015, he was already Africa's most successful comedian. And he continues to be one of the comedy world's brightest voices. His new memoir is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau).
  • Chris Thile

    Chris Thile, A Prairie Home Companion's new host, made his first appearance on the show 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).
  • Richard Dworsky

    Keyboardist, composer, arranger, and longtime Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky has collaborated with such diverse musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time.
  • Chris Eldridge

    Maybe it's the gene pool: Chris Eldridge's father was a founding member of The Seldom Scene, a group that guitarist Chris would join after earning a degree in music performance from Oberlin. He went on to start the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, and later to critical acclaim with Punch Brothers.
  • Brittany Haas

    At 14, fiddler Brittany Haas began touring with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. Now Anger says: "Britt opens the window, gets out of the way, and the music floods through in a tide of joy." The California-born, Princeton University grad has performed with a number of bands, including Crooked Still and her trio, Haas Kowert Tice (with bassist Paul Kowert and guitarist Jordan Tice). Among her recordings is 2014's You Got This (Haas Kowert Tice).
  • Paul Kowert

    At age three, Paul Kowert started on violin, but by fourth grade he'd taken up bass, and he later graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music. Now this Wisconsin-raised, Nashville-based musician is a member of Punch Brothers and has toured with Mike Marshall's Big Trio and Dave Rawlings Machine. You Got This is his 2014 recording with American roots trio Haas Kowert Tice.
  • Gaby Moreno

    Guatemalan-born Gaby Moreno was singing even before she could talk. With a style that blends blues, jazz, soul, and R&B, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter received an Emmy nomination for cowriting the theme song for NBC's Parks and Recreation. And she took Best New Artist honors at the 2013 Latin Grammys. Gaby's recordings include Postales and a Christmas album, Posadas, both on the Metamorfosis label. Her latest is Ilusion (Universal Music).
  • Ted Poor

    "Adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking drumming," said Modern Drummer magazine of Ted Poor. An in-demand session player and sideman, this Eastman School of Music alum has toured worldwide with various bands, and he is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. Wounded Caroline is the 2013 album from Ted's group Mt. Varnum.
  • Serena Brook

    After she picked up her diploma from the University of Minnesota Duluth, actress, voice-over artist, and Eagan, Minnesota, native Serena Brook was off to New York City, where she spent five years performing in Off-Broadway shows and with national and regional touring companies. Now living in the Twin Cities, she has worked with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and 7th House Theater.
  • Tim Russell

    Mild-mannered Tim Russell one minute -- Obama, Trump, or myriad others the next. It's almost impossible to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow Prairie Home Companion actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
  • Fred Newman

    Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -- crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."