Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of January 2016 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

  1: "These Are The Days," Burning Bridget Cleary [, 11/15] (71)
        "Madam I'm A Darling"
        "Another Day"
  2: "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)," Kate Campbell [Large River, new] (68)
        "Some Song"
        "Strangeness Of The Day"
  3: "Foxhounds," Kathy Kallick Band [Live Oak, 11/15] (67)
        "So Dang Lonesome"
        "Banjo Pickin' Girl"
  4: "Weighted Mind," Sierra Hull [Rounder, new] (55)
        "Black River"
  5: "The Hazel And Alice Sessions," Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands [Spruce And Maple, new] (52)
        "Pretty Bird"
        "James Alley Blues"
        "Working Girl Blues"
        "Won't You Come Sing For Me"
  6: "Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement," Chris Vallillo [Gin Ridge, 10/15] (49)
        "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody"
        "Birmingham Sunday"
        "This Little Light Of Mine"
        "We Shall Not Be Moved"
  6: "Traveling Circus," No Fuss And Feathers [Roadshow, new] (49)
        "Union Pacific"
        "Drift Away"
        "Motherless Child"
        "How Much Time"
  8: "Ain't We Brothers," Sam Gleaves [Community, 11/15] (42)
        "Angel In The Ashes"
        "Ain't We Brothers"
        "My Singing Bird"
  9: "Dori Freeman," Dori Freeman [Free Dirt, new] (41)
        "Ain't Nobody"
        "Where I Stood"
        "You Say"
 10: "Fine Bloom," Free The Honey [, 9/15] (38)
        "Take Me Home"
        "Crooked Child"
        "Go With The Light"
 11: "Just For The Love Of It," Happy Traum [, 7/15] (37)
        "Careless Love Blues"
        "Church Street Blues"
        "Things Are Coming My Way"
 12: "So Lucky," The Lucky Sisters [Patio, 12/15] (36)
        "Let The Mystery Be"
        "All That Is"
        "These Hands"
 13: "At Peace With One's Ghosts," The Paperboys [, 2014] (34)
        "Better Than The Last"
        "Don't Want To Know"
        "Rest Of My Days"
 14: "Pompadour," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, 10/15] (32)
        "I Gotta Move"
        "Water Is Wise"
 15: "Charm City Junction," Charm City Junction [Patuxent, 6/15] (31)
        "Frog On A Lily Pad"
        "Cousin Sally Brown"
        "Last Chance"
 16: "Beg And Borrow," Battlefield Band [Temple, 8/15] (28)
        "Blooming Caroline From Edinburgh Town"
        "One Night In My Youth"
 17: "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl," Various Artists [Compass, 10/15] (27)
        "Joy Of Living," David Gray
        "Moving On Song," Norma Waterson
 17: "Shadow Trails," Linda McRae [Borealis, 9/15] (27)
        "Flowers Of Appalachia"
        "Can You Hear Me Calling"
 17: "Shifted," Harpeth Rising [Grimm Rising, 8/15] (27)
        "I Am Eve"
        "Well, Hell"
 20: "The Back Of Winter," Adrianna Ciccone [, 9/15] (26)
        "2 Old Times"
        "The Back Of Winter"
        "Bella Sera"
 21: "Knockout Rose," Boxcar Lilies [, 9/15] (25)
        "Papa Come Quick"
        "Captain's Seat"
 21: "Third Street," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 2014] (25)
        "Hawk And Whale"
        "Tomorrow's Train"
 23: "Sorrows And Glories," Red Moon Road [, 9/15] (24)
        "I'll Bend But I Won't Break"
        "Beauty In These Broken Bones"
 24: "In The Magic Hour," Aoife O'Donovan [Yep Roc, new] (23)
        "Porch Light"
 24: "Tomorrow's Child," Jonathan Edwards [Rising, 6/15] (23)
        "Down In The Woods"
        "Mole In The Ground"
 24: "The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Folk," Various Artists [ARC, 10/15] (23)
        "Bonnie Bessie Logan," Dougie MacLean
 27: "#LoveInEvolution," Sweet Honey In The Rock [Appleseed, new] (22)
        "Oh, Sankofa"
        "Operator, Jesus On The Mainline, I Don't Know What You Come To Do"
 27: "Tomorrow Is My Turn," Rhiannon Giddens [Nonesuch, 2/15] (22)
        "Shake Sugaree"
        "Up Above My Head"
 27: "A Wanderer I'll Stay," Pharis And Jason Romero [Lula, 3/15] (22)
        "A Wanderer I'll Stay"
        "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie"
 30: "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project," Jayme Stone [Borealis, 2/15] (21)
        "Lazy John"
 30: "So Familiar," Steve Martin And Edie Brickell [Rounder, 10/15] (21)
        "Heart Of The Dreamer"
        "Another Round"
 32: "Hard Cry Moon," Donna Ulisse [Hadley, 9/15] (20)
        "It Could Have Been The Mandolin"
        "Papa's Garden"
 32: "The Jeremiahs," The Jeremiahs [Self, 2014] (20)
        "Forgotten Sons"
 32: "Roses And Victory," Honor Finnegan [Frock, new] (20)
        "Song Of Bernadette"
        "Fortune Cookie"
 32: "This River," Amy Soucy [, 6/15] (20)
        "Winter Man"
        "This River"
 32: "Too Big World," Bumper Jacksons [, 6/15] (20)
        "Red Silk Stockings"
        "Coffee Mama"
 37: "Anna And Elizabeth," Anna And Elizabeth [Free Dirt, 3/15] (19)
        "Little Black Train"
 37: "Manannan's Cloak," Barrule [Easy On The Record, 5/15] (19)
        "King Of The Sea"
        "To Dingle With Love"
 37: "Ready For The Storm," Lori Lieberman [Drive On, 10/15] (19)
        "Lucky Life"
 40: "At Home: The Maine Tour," Noel Paul Stookey [Neworld, 9/15] (18)
        "Glory Train"
 40: "Domestic Eccentric," Old Man Luedecke [True North, 7/15] (18)
        "Early Days"
 40: "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," Robert Earl Keen [Dualtone, 2/15] (18)
        "Footprints In The Snow"
        "Hot Corn Cold Corn"
 40: "Leave Some Things Behind," The Steel Wheels [Big Ring, 4/15] (18)
        "We've Got A Fire"
        "Winter Is Coming"
 40: "The Tennessee Sessions," The Swamp Brothers [Itchy Sabot, 7/15] (18)
        "Food On The Table"
        "Time Time Time"
 45: "North East Rising Sun," Brooksie Wells [Down Home Diva, 10/15] (17)
        "North East Rising Sun"
        "Shame Houses"
 45: "Silver Lining," Efrat [, 10/15] (17)
        "Turn, Turn, Turn"
 47: "Anna Laube," Anna Elizabeth Laube [Ahh? Pockets, 5/15] (16)
        "Already There"
 47: "Beyond The Ash And Steel," Judy Kass [Self, new] (16)
        "Beyond The Ash And Steel"
        "Snows They Melt The Soonest"
 47: "Brotherhood," The Gibson Brothers [Rounder, 2/15] (16)
        "How Mountain Girls Can Love"
        "Bye Bye Love;2. The Sweetest Gift;"
 47: "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album," Avery Hill [, 7/15] (16)
        "Work I Do"
        "Hello And Goodbye"
 47: "The Heart Is The Hunter," Lenne Klingaman [Humuncules, 8/15] (16)
        "Ghost In You"
        "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
 47: "Salt As Wolves," Jeffrey Foucault [Blueblade, 10/15] (16)
        "Des Moines"
        "Hurricane Lamp"
 47: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 10: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/15] (16)
        "Auld Lang Syne," Kate Taylor
 54: "Birds Say," Darlingside [30 Tigers, 9/15] (15)
        "Go Back"
        "Birds Say"
 54: "Blues And Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook, Volumes I & II," Luther Dickinson [New West, new] (15)
        "Ain't No Grave"
 54: "Dancing Toward The Light," Jesse Palidofsky [Azalea City, 2014] (15)
        "Dancing Toward The Light"
 54: "The Fiddle Preacher," Otter Creek [, 8/15] (15)
        "The Fiddle Preacher"
 54: "A Silent Song," Archie Fisher [Red House, 9/15] (15)
        "Lord Of The May"
        "River Like You"
 54: "The Song Of The Banjo," Alison Brown [Compass, 10/15] (15)
        "Carolina In The Pines"
        "Time After Time"
 54: "Songs Of Heart And Home," Greg Blake [, 9/15] (15)
        "Where I Live"
        "Hills Of My Home"
 54: "Through Many A Land," Eden MacAdam-Somer And Larry Unger [Black Socks, 11/15] (15)
        "Glory In The Meeting House"
 54: "Woven," Jenna Moynihan [Self, 10/15] (15)
        "Kendall Tavern - Dancing In Allihies"
 63: "And Then There's This," Grascals [Mountain Home, new] (14)
        "Delta Queen"
        "Highway Of Sorrow"
 63: "Depot Light: Songs Of Eric Taylor," Peter Cooper [Red Beet, 11/15] (14)
        "Louis Armstrong's Broken Heart"
 63: "Kokomo Kidd," Guy Davis [M. C., 9/15] (14)
        "Maybe I'll Go"
 63: "Man In The Moon," Andy M. Stewart [Green Linnet, 1994] (14)
        "Land O' The Leal"
        "Man In The Moon"
 63: "Old Time Reverie," Mipso [Robust, 10/15] (14)
        "Bad Penny"
        "Down In The Water"
 63: "So Far, So Good," David Roth [Wind River, 6/15] (14)
        "Pachamama Turns"
        "Keep The Table Set"
 63: "So Low," Tim Williams [Lowdenproud, 11/15] (14)
        "If You Live"
 70: "Cayamo Sessions At Sea," Buddy Miller And Friends [New West, new] (13)
        "Hickory Wind"
        "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
 70: "Crimson," Kirsten Maxwell [Self, 4/15] (13)
 70: "Dogwood Cats," Jefferson Ross [Deep Fried, 6/15] (13)
        "Dogwood Cats"
 70: "Experienced," Larry Keel [Keel Fish, new] (13)
        "Fill 'em Up Again"
 70: "Nashville Obsolete," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, 9/15] (13)
        "Last Pharaoh"
 70: "Round Trip," Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus [Borealis, 8/15] (13)
 70: "Runaway Train," Flatt Lonesome [Mountain Home, 10/15] (13)
        "You'll Pay"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

1. "Madam I'm A Darling" (21)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "These Are The Days"
2. "Mountain" (17)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "These Are The Days"
3. "Union Pacific" (16)
        by No Fuss And Feathers
        from "Traveling Circus"
4. "Another Day" (15)
        by Burning Bridget Cleary
        from "These Are The Days"
5. "Greensboro" (12)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)"
6. "Ain't Nobody" (11)
        by Dori Freeman
        from "Dori Freeman"
6. "Let The Mystery Be" (11)
        by The Lucky Sisters
        from "So Lucky"
6. "Snowflakes" (11)
        by Kathy Kallick Band
        from "Foxhounds"
9. "Black River" (10)
        by Sierra Hull
        from "Weighted Mind"
10. "Foxhounds" (9)
        by Kathy Kallick Band
        from "Foxhounds"
10. "In-Between" (9)
        by Sierra Hull
        from "Weighted Mind"
10. "Pretty Bird" (9)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
10. "Some Song" (9)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)"
10. "Won't You Come Sing For Me" (9)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
10. "Working Girl Blues" (9)
        by Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
        from "The Hazel And Alice Sessions"
16. "Angel In The Ashes" (8)
        by Sam Gleaves
        from "Ain't We Brothers"
16. "Better Than The Last" (8)
        by Paperboys
        from "At Peace With One's Ghost"
16. "Beyond The Ash And Steel" (8)
        by Judy Kass
        from "Beyond The Ash And Steel"
16. "Careless Love Blues" (8)
        by Happy Traum
        from "Just For The Love Of It"
16. "Down In The Woods" (8)
        by Jonathan Edwards
        from "Tomorrow's Child"
16. "Drift Away" (8)
        by No Fuss And Feathers
        from "Traveling Circus"
16. "From Galway To Graceland" (8)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)"
16. "Motherless Child" (8)
        by No Fuss And Feathers
        from "Traveling Circus"
16. "So Dang Lonesome" (8)
        by Kathy Kallick Band
        from "Foxhounds"
16. "Stranded" (8)
        by Sierra Hull
        from "Weighted Mind"
16. "Strangeness Of The Day" (8)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1)"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

1. Kate Campbell
2. Burning Bridget Cleary
2. Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands
4. Kathy Kallick
5. Sierra Hull
6. Joan Baez
7. Andy M. Stewart
8. No Fuss And Feathers
9. Tim O'Brien
10. Chris Vallillo
11. Bob Dylan
12. Happy Traum
13. Dori Freeman
14. Sam Gleaves
15. Pete Seeger
16. Free The Honey
16. Sweet Honey In The Rock
18. Eagles
18. The Paperboys
20. Phil Ochs
20. Silly Wizard
22. The Lucky Sisters
23. Peter Mayer
24. John McCutcheon
25. Battlefield Band
25. Charm City Junction
27. Adrianna Ciccone
28. Harpeth Rising
28. Joel Mabus
28. Linda McRae
28. Rhiannon Giddens
28. The Steel Wheels
33. Aoife O'Donovan
33. Jonathan Edwards
33. Tom Paxton
36. Donna Ulisse
37. Boxcar Lilies
37. Robert Earl Keen
39. David Bowie
39. Pharis And Jason Romero
39. Red Moon Road

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
6. Green Linnet
7. Borealis
7. Signature
9. Vanguard
10. Large River
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
12. Warner
13. Appleseed
14. Nonesuch
15. Rebel
15. Yep Roc
17. Flying Fish
17. Live Oak
19. Mountain Home
19. RCA
21. Waterbug
22. Patuxent
23. Community
23. New West
23. Rhino
23. Sony
27. Free Dirt
28. Folk-Legacy
29. Spruce And Maple
30. Arc
30. Bear Family
30. Philo
33. Howdy Skies
33. Mountain Fever
35. Capitol
35. Red Beet
37. Shanachie
38. Pinecastle
38. Rural Rhythm
40. Patio

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 15008 airplays from 148 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Alan Hossack (94.7 The Pulse, Australia)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Amy & Travis Luncan (WYSO-FM, OH)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (, NY)
Bettie Carlson (WCUW-FM, MA)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob Heyer (WWOV-FM, WV)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brad Edmondson (WVBR-FM, NY)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Brian Pusser & David Soyka (WTJU-FM, VA)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Cameron Polson (WTJU-FM, VA)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chris Kocher (WHRW-FM, NY)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WMNF-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Murphy (, NH)
Darla Novak (KZFR-FM, CA)
Darwin Davidson (WERU-FM, ME)
Dave Hardy (, MA)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
David Sears (WBGU-FM, OH)
Dennis & Judy Cook (WOBC-FM, OH)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Crowe (WMCB-FM, MA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Ed Mellnik (KBOO-FM, OR)
Ellen Stanley (KFAI-FM, MN)
Fred Frawley (WMPG-FN, ME)
Gail Comfort (, MB)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham Rice (WJFF-FM, NY)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jeff Zolitor (KNYO-FM, CA)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Canales (WWSP-FM, WI)
Jim Dubinsky (WUVT-FM, CV)
Jim Fisher (WGCS-FM, IN)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Pszonek (WMSC-FM &, NJ)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John C. Falstaff (WRFG-FM, GA)
John Lupton and George Mercer (WVUD-FM, DE)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Patterson (WXPI-FM, PA)
John Sillberg (CKOL-FM, ON)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Johnny Bazzano (KRCB-FM, CA)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WSCS-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Justin Helmer (KVSC-FM, MN)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Kelly Walker (Troy Public Radio, AL)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Nagelberg (WHYR-FM, LA)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Cliff (WERA-LP, VA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Benson (WPKN-FM & WESU-FM, CT)
Michael Kane (WBRS-FM, MA)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Michelle Drackett-Smisek (WJCU-FM, OH)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Horyczun (KPKN-FM, CT)
Mike Regenstreif (CKCU-FM, ON)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Nick Barr (WAMC-FM, NY)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Paul Hartman (WTMD-FM, MD)
Pete Marshall (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Fraissinet (WVBR-FM, NY)
Peter Jones (WTJU-FM, VA)
Peter Kernast (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Peter Thompson (KALW-FM, CA)
Ray Baumler (WRUR-FM & WITH-FM, NY)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gordon (WVUD-FM, DE)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sadie Damascus (KGGV-FM, CA)
Shaelea Carroll (WTJU-FM, VA)
Sharon Downes (2MAX-FM, Australia)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonny Ochs (WIOX-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KCMJ-FM, CO)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM & WWUH-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Terry O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)
Wayne Greene (, LA)

These lists are compiled and posted to the FOLKDJ-L web site every month
(since October 1997).  The archive of past Top Album lists is available
at (the official FOLKDJ-L web site) and also, in an
extended version, at (my personal web site).

The process of compiling the Top Albums list is automated (I do hand
correct some obvious errors and typos). The results are based on
playlists posted to FOLKDJ-L during the calendar month. I wrote a pair
of programs that work with the Eudora email program's filtering feature.
One program parses each playlist as it comes in and adds it to a
spreadsheet. The second program processes the spreadsheet into a readable
report. Playlists have to include artist, song and album name (label is
optional) and be in a reasonably regular format for my program to be able
to parse them. My programs wind up identifying 60% to 80% of the songs
actually posted.

The Top Albums list is sorted in descending order by number of plays
recorded for each album. Within an album, the more popular tracks that
were played are shown. If a single DJ is the only one mostly playing an
album, the count of plays is adjusted downwards; otherwise the raw counts
are used. The top 70 albums are listed.  A more detailed explanation is
available at

Richard Gillmann