A lot of folks have been escaping to swimming holes, their favorite streams, or ponds or lakes. It’s fun to find secret spots that are off the beaten path for a moment of cool water and solitude. A. A. Milne said: “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” This week we have music from lydia ievins, Chimney Swift, Curt Osgood, Windborne, and Mary Lea. Ben Williams reads a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Margaret Youngberg and Julie Vallimont read poems by Robert Frost. We’ve started a Patreon! We have loved hearing from you every week and sharing this little moment with you, and now you can help us continue the podcast going forward: www.patreon.com/starsintherafters. Take care, everyone.
1. Aurora’s schottis / Hägg bland björkar (Bird-cherry among birches) – lydia ievins (Montague, MA). A pair of friendly schottis tunes by lydia, played here on nyckelharpa and piano. The second owes its name to lydia’s family’s namesake tree (Swedish “hägg” = Latvian “ieva”). Recorded on Koivu, lydia’s duo album with Helsinki-based pianist Juha Kujanpää. www.lydiamusic.org
2. Hyla brook, by Robert Frost. Read by Margaret Youngberg (Greenfield, MA).
3. Owl’s Cowl – Chimney Swift (Boston, MA). Chimney Swift is Cecile Leroy (cello), Daniel Raine (cittern, guitars, banjo), Yaron Shragai (recorders, whistles, percussion), and A.Z. Madonna (accordion). This is Daniel’s first tune written for cittern. He named it after an impressively plumed owl he saw perched high up in a friend’s tree. This track appears on their album, Fly Me Home. https://chimneyswift.bandcamp.com/
4. Eel-grass, by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Read by Ben Williams (Northampton, MA). Ben notes, “Spending some time growing up by the ocean, I sometimes long deeply for that specific habitat, which contains so much unique natural beauty and so many images and stories in my mind.”
5. Eleanor Plunkett – Curt Osgood (Binghamton, NY). Curt writes, “Turlogh O’Carolan composed numerous moving and fanciful melodies popular with folk musicians everywhere today. Eleanor Plunkett is one of my favorites. Played on my dulcimer for a YouTube video short I made this past March, I strove to create a peaceful visual and auditory moment away from the stresses of the past several months.” You can watch the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/bC4X5Wwe8Xk www.curtosgood.com
6. Waterbound – Lauren Breunig (Brattleboro, VT). This song is from Windborne’s album Midwinter Meeting. They learned it from Dirk Powell in 2011, just before Vermont was hit by Tropical Storm Irene. Windborne is Lauren Breunig, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, and Will Thomas Rowan. www.windbornesingers.com
7. Going for water, by Robert Frost. Read by Julie Vallimont (Brattleboro, VT).
8. Capriccio Irreale – Mary Lea (Brattleboro, VT). This waltz by Kate Barnes is on Between Two Worlds, by Mary Lea and Friends. With Mary Lea (violin), Jeremiah McLane (accordion), Kate Barnes (piano), and Ralph Gordon (bass). https://dancefiddler.com/.
The opening music is “The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand” by Julie Vallimont, from her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. Produced by Julie Vallimont. Mixed and mastered by Dana Billings. All content courtesy of the artists, all rights reserved. This series is supported in part by the Country Dance and Song Society, NEFFA, and Pinewoods Camp. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting it via Patreon: www.patreon.com/starsintherafters