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The High Kings

Michael Perry



The High Kings is an Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 2008. The band consists of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. By June 2016, the group had released four studio albums, two live albums, and two live DVDs. Their first three studio albums appeared at number three or higher on the Billboard world music chart, the first two went platinum in Ireland,and all of their albums charted in Ireland.

After the release of their first album, the new group moved from a highly staged format to a more natural performance style. Their third album “Friends for Life” contains both traditional Irish songs, as well as some original songs. Since the inception of the band, The High Kings has toured Ireland, the United States, and Europe on multiple occasions. Together they play thirteen instruments during their performances. The group’s motto is “Folk ‘n Roll,” and their singing is especially noted for its close harmonies. Although they sing mostly traditional Irish songs, they are known to sing great arrangements of songs of other genres as well.

Direct download: TSR17-1620THE20HIGH20KING_MOORS_AND_MCCUMBER.mp3
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The Blue Canvas Orchestra perform great country and western music takes us from the mid-60s through the early 80s with music from Opry icons like Willie & Waylon, Dolly & Loretta, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride and Lynn Anderson. This show again features the Blue Canvas Orchestra with Corey Carlson and special guests Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond and Emily Belanger.

This show will bring you to your feet as you clap and sing along to popular tunes!  So get ready for a foot stompin’, hand clappin’, good time Old Opry style!!





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Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern. His signature “bullrider” hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L’Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner. He is the son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth; his music – rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel – is quintessentially Southern. He is best known for his number one country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.

Direct download: TSR16-18_Charlie_Daniels_Band_UPDATED_FOR_REPEAT.mp3
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Musician, filmmaker, humanitarian, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change. His unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead, draw on the music of hip hop, reggae, funk and rap. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” We welcome Michael back for his 2nd performance at Big Top after his amazing blow-out performance in 2015. ∆Dance Alert

Direct download: TSR16-05_MICHAEL_FRANTI_and_SPEARHEAD.mp3
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Tune in this week as host Michael Perry welcomes gypsy jazz international performers The Trouble Notes along with a set by Big Top's very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.


Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua ( is a non-profit performing arts organization. 2014 marks our 29th season of culture under canvas on the south shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. 

Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. It has aired continuously since 1994, is available for free and hosted by best-selling author, humorist and pig farmer, Michael Perry. Tent Show Radio features regional and national acts with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra, a vocal and instrumental ensemble consisting of Bruce Bowers, Jack Gunderson, Bruce Burnside, Phillip Anich, Tom Mitchell,  Jane Aleckson and  Andy Dee. with appearances by a variety of other professional musicians from around the region including Warren Nelson, Corey Carlson, MaryLou Williams, Danielle Diamond, Barbar Jean, Tom Draughon and Nori Perine.

Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry is a humorist, singer/songwriter and  Ney York Times best-selling author. His works include Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Coop, Truck, the essay collection, Off Main Street and a very recent work, From The Big Top; a collection of Tent Show Radio essays. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and, and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and he has performed and produced three live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow, Live From Big Top). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He can be found online at

Direct download: TSR15_TROUBLE_NOTES_AND_BCO.mp3
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Featuring host Michael Perry and special musical guests from Nashville, TN, Grammy Nominated Della Mae!

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Featuring some of our favorite performances from over the years including: Steve Earle, Michael Perry, Brandi Carlile, Aoife O'Donovan, Cloud Cult, Taj Mahal, Elephant Revival, Punch Brothers, The Pines, Greg Brown and host Michael Perry.

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Produced by Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Tent Show Radio is live in concert tonight from the beautiful Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek, Wisconsin and features singer Katie Dahl, Big Top's Blue Canvas Orchestra and host Michael Perry.

Direct download: TSR14-20_Live_From_Fish_Creek.mp3
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Hometown hero Corey Carslson takes the Big Top stage on his annual Tent Show performance.

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