Now that the weather is finally getting warm, it’s easier to spend more time outside and reconnect with nature. And it is glorious and restorative! So along that theme, we’ll be hearing music from Aaron Marcus, Elixir, Arise & Go, and Bright Wings Chorus, and poetry read by Julie Vallimont, Anna Patton, Charis Boke, and Sam Sanders. Visit www.starsintherafters.com to contribute to the podcast, or to contact us. If you’re enjoying the podcast, we’d love it if you’d help spread the word!
Intro: A Great Wagon (excerpt), by Rumi, read by Julie Vallimont.
1. Peggy’s Maggot / Slangpolska / Veery – Aaron Marcus (Montpelier, VT). These tunes by Aaron Marcus are featured on their album Men Don’t Cry. The recording of a veery is from an actual bird.
2. Untitled by Sarah Hirsch, read by Anna Patton (Brattleboro, VT). Sarah wrote this poem just this week.
3. Charlie Mulvihil’s / Gigue du Salon – Elixir (VT, NY, DC). These beautiful jigs are from Elixir’s album Anybody’s Guess. The band is Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, Owen Morrison on guitar, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet, and Nils Fredland on trombone. www.elixirmusic.com
4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree, by William Butler Yeats, read by Charis Boke (Springfield, VT). The fiddle accompaniment is by Rachel Panitch (Boston, MA).
5. They Took My Wife From Me Last Night – Tim Ball (Ithaca, NY). This tune is performed by the band Arise & Go, featuring Ellie Gould on fiddle, Michael Roddy on flute, and Tim Ball on guitar. This old Scottish tune was published in the Patrick McDonald collection in 1784. www.ariseandgo.org
6. Greenwood Lake – Brendan Taaffe (Brattleboro, VT). Greenwood Lake is from Signs and Wonders, the second album by Bright Wings. It was commissioned to commemorate the lives of Tim and Estelle Murphy and is named after the lake in the Adirondacks where they first met. The singers are: Adam Jacob Simon, Mason Gohl, Wheaton Squier, Gideon Crevoshay, Addie Rose Holland, Rachel Gordon, Katie Trautz, Julia Wayne, Leighanne Saltsman, and Emily Thompson. www.brendantaaffe.com
7. Floodwood Pond / Mary MacArthur’s – Aaron Marcus and Sam Sanders (Montpelier, VT). Sam reads this beautiful poem by Danny Dover. This poem isn’t published yet, but you can find more of Danny’s poetry in his most recent book, Tasting Precious Metal. www.antrimhousebooks.com/dover.html. The music is Mary MacArthur’s, written by Aaron for Nana Lopez.
The opening music is “The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand” by Julie Vallimont, from her album Dark Sky, Bright Stars. All content courtesy of the artists, all rights reserved.