The great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, the “Christmas Star,” is sparkling in the sky as we turn from the longest nights of winter and reach toward the light. This episode of Rise When the Rooster Crows, Traveling Star, celebrates the season with traditional North American folk music, roots, branches and beyond. Among the roots and branches in this episode are songs and tunes from Ireland and England, cowboy songs, poetry, and morris tunes.
Local and regional musicians in this episode include Misty River; The Trail Band; Michael O'Domhnaill & Kevin Burke; Shanghaied on the Willamette.
Other musicians in the show include Tommy Jarrell; Carl Jones; Ian & Silvia; John McCutcheon; The Beers Family; The Watersons; The Chieftains; Tiller's Folly; Michael Martin Murphey; Ashley Hutchings; Blackthorn; Jack White; Yankee Clipper; Jeff Warner; The Red Clay Ramblers; The Fretless; Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown and Aidan Brennan.