The Christmas Companion (2 CDs)

The Christmas Companion (2 CDs)

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Every holiday season, the cast of A Prairie Home Companion was inspired to create many of its most memorable performances. "The Christmas Companion" gathers together some of the best APHC holiday stories, songs and sketches, making this collection the perfect accompaniment for all of your preparations and celebrations. Includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Rhubarb” and “’Twas the Night before Christmas.”


2½ hours on 2 CDs.

Track Listing:

Disc 1  

  1. Wise Men Blues (12/22/2001)Pat Donohue with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band (Richard Dworsky, Andy Stein, Gary Raynor, Arnie Kinsella.)
  2. Rhubarb (12/12/1998)Tim Russell and others
  3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies(12/21/1996)Sonos Handbell Ensemble
  4. A Child Is Born (In Bethlehem)(12/21/2002)Garrison Keillor and Musica Sacra
  5. Count Your BlessingsJohn McDonough
  6. Away in a Manger (12/20/2003)Renée Fleming and Emanuel Ax (Fred Hersch)
  7. The Twelve Days of Christmas (12/18/2004)Garrison Keillor and Tom Keith
  8. Christmas Eve Blues (12/20/2003)Pat Donohue with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band (Richard Dworsky, Andy Stein, Gary Raynor, Arnie Kinsella)
  9. Guy Noir (12/11/2004)Garrison Keillor and cast
  10. Christmastime (Just In Time) (12/18/2004)Inga Swearingen
  11. The Christmas Fire (12/09/2000)Garrison Keillor
  12. Silent Night (12/13/2003)Butch Thompson

Disc 2  

  1. Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ (12/16/2000)Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Mark Fain, bass; Jim Mills, banjo; Paul Brewster, guitar; Darrin Vincent, guitar; Clay Hess, guitar; and Bobby Hicks, fiddle.)
  2. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas(12/23/2000)Garrison Keillor and Richard Dworsky
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas(12/13/1997)Diana Krall
  4. Santa, CEO (12/28/2002)
  5. The Christmas Song (12/19/1998)Sarah Jessica Parker
  6. The Carolers at My Door (12/21/1991)The Orianas Choir (or the Buffalo Chamber singers)
  7. Green (12/20/2003)
  8. December Waltz (12/4/2004)Pat Donohue with The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band (Richard Dworsky, John Niemann, Gary Raynor, Arnie Kinsella)
  9. In the Bleak Midwinter (12/21/2002)Musica Sacra
  10. Ave Maria (12/20/2003)Renée Fleming and Emanuel Ax (Fred Hersch)
  11. Four Christmases / Let it Snow(12/22/2001)Garrison Keillor, April Verch
  12. The Christ Child’s Lullaby (12/21/1996)The Boys of the Lough [Aly Bain (fiddle), Dave Richardson (mandolin, cittern, English concertina, and button accordion), Christy O'Leary (tin whistle, pipes, vocals), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), and Chris Newman (guitar)].
  13. Silent Night (12/21/2002)