Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of October 2015 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13885 airplays from 137 different DJs

  1: "Fine Bloom," Free The Honey [, new] (106)
        "Take Me Home"
        "High Peaks"
        "Beautiful Life"
        "Honey Blues"
        "Hymn For Renewal"
  2: "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl," Various Artists [Compass, 10/15] (93)
        "Sweet Thames, Flow Softly," Rufus And Martha Wainwright
        "Joy Of Living," David Gray
        "Terror Time," Karine Polwart
        "30-Foot Trailer," Eliza Carthy
  3: "Just For The Love Of It," Happy Traum [, 7/15] (91)
        "Church Street Blues"
        "Things Are Coming My Way"
        "Careless Love Blues"
        "Crash On The Levee"
  4: "At Home: The Maine Tour," Noel Paul Stookey [Neworld, new] (67)
        "In These Times"
        "One And Many"
        "Nukes R Nuts"
  5: "Knockout Rose," Boxcar Lilies [, new] (66)
        "Freight Train"
        "Captain's Seat"
        "Knockout Rose"
        "Papa Come Quick"
  6: "The Song Of The Banjo," Alison Brown [Compass, 10/15] (64)
        "Carolina In The Pines"
        "What's Going On"
        "Long Way Gone"
        "The Song Of The Banjo"
  7: "Songs Of Heart And Home," Greg Blake [, 9/15] (55)
        "Hey Porter"
        "Hills Of My Home"
        "Where I Live"
        "50 Miles From Nowhere"
  8: "Third Street," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 11/14] (50)
        "Winds Of October"
        "Union Depot"
        "Tomorrow's Train"
  9: "Kokomo Kidd," Guy Davis [M. C., 9/15] (49)
        "Kokomo Kidd"
        "Like Sonny Did"
        "Lay Lady Lay"
 10: "North East Rising Sun," Brooksie Wells [Down Home Diva, new] (45)
        "North East Rising Sun"
        "Shame On The Moon"
        "You Can't Fix Crazy"
 11: "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album," Avery Hill [, 7/15] (42)
        "Hello And Goodbye"
        "Summer 1957"
        "Work I Do"
 11: "Hard Cry Moon," Donna Ulisse [Hadley, 9/15] (42)
        "It Could Have Been The Mandolin"
        "Ain't That A Pity"
        "Papa's Garden"
        "Whispering Pines"
 13: "Domestic Eccentric," Old Man Luedecke [True North, 7/15] (36)
        "Real Wet Wood"
        "Chester Boat Song"
        "Low On The Hog"
 14: "Silver Lining," Efrat [, new] (35)
        "Bring Me Peace"
        "Keep On The Sunny Side"
 15: "Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics," Lowell Levinger [Grandpa Raccoon, 9/15] (33)
        "Get Together"
        "Hippie From Olema"
        "Darkness Darkness"
 15: "So Far, So Good," David Roth [Wind River, 6/15] (33)
        "Does Joni Mitchell Ever Mow The Lawn"
        "We Are The Stuff Of Stars"
        "Necessary, True, And Kind"
 15: "The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Folk," Various Artists [Arc, new] (33)
        "Kansas City Hornpipe," Fred Morrison
        "Helen Of Kirkconnel," Iron Horse
 18: "This River," Amy Soucy [, 6/15] (32)
        "Around The Bend"
        "Comes A Time"
        "Winter Man"
 19: "The Post-American Century," Terry Kitchen [Urban Campfire, 9/15] (31)
        "Perelli's Barbershop"
        "I'm A Believer"
 19: "Servant Of Love," Patty Griffin [Pgm, 10/15] (31)
        "Shine A Different Way"
        "Made Of The Sun"
 21: "Anna Laube," Anna Elizabeth Laube [Pockets, 5/15] (30)
        "Already There"
        "Sweet Boy From Minnesota"
 22: "Hillary Rollins presents Christine Lavin And Friends: Live At McCabe's," Christine Lavin [, 9/15] (29)
        "Cary Grant, Esther Williams, Tom Cruise And The Romance Of The Gun"
        "Remembering My Password"
 22: "Nashville Obsolete," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, 9/15] (29)
        "Last Pharaoh"
 22: "The Promise Of The Sowing," Dan Schatz [Folk-Legacy, 8/15] (29)
        "Boll Weevil Holler"
        "Doney Gal"
        "Gone Gonna Rise Again"
 22: "Round Trip," Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus [Borealis, 8/15] (29)
        "Bonnie Mulligan's"
        "Sleeping Tune"
 22: "A Thousand Hands," Chris Rosser [Hollow Reed Arts, 10/14] (29)
        "Anchor Tattoo"
        "Make A Wish"
        "Wind Stole My Song"
 27: "Frankie And The No-Go Road," Rita Hosking [, 9/15] (27)
        "I See Storms"
        "Black Hole"
 27: "If Not Now When," Freebo [Poppabo, 4/15] (27)
        "I Ain't Runnin' No More"
        "Standing Ovation"
 27: "Woven," Jenna Moynihan [Self, new] (27)
        "Dolina MacKay"
 30: "Jewels And Harmony," Mara Levine [, 2013] (25)
        "The Dutchman"
        "When I Sing With You"
 30: "Pop Songs For Elk," Hillfolk Noir [Self, 6/15] (25)
        "Little Sadie/Walkin' Boss"
        "North Idaho Zombie Rag"
 32: "A Silent Song," Archie Fisher [Red House, 9/15] (24)
        "Lord Of The May"
        "Waltz Into Winter"
 33: "Gone Like The Cotton," The Cox Family [Rounder, new] (23)
        "Good Imitation Of The Blues"
        "Cash On The Barrelhead"
 33: "Road Be Kind," Andy Cohen [Earwig, 9/15] (23)
        "5 And 10 Cent Blues"
        "Seaboard Train"
 33: "Shifted," Harpeth Rising [Grimm Rising, 8/15] (23)
        "Dance Me To The End Of Love"
 36: "Welcome Day," Cindy Kallet And Grey Larsen [Sleepy Creek, new] (22)
        "Trying Times"
        "Moment's Time/Rose Hill"
 37: "Ballads Long And Short," John Roberts And Debra Cowan [Golden Hind, 7/15] (21)
        "Twa Corbies"
        "Bonny Hind"
 38: "So Familiar," Steve Martin And Edie Brickell [Rounder, new] (20)
        "So Familiar"
        "Always Will"
 38: "Wind Over Stone," Dulcie Taylor [Mesa/Bluemoon, new] (20)
        "When The Cherokee Roamed"
 40: "Driving Home," Cheryl Wheeler [Philo, 1993] (19)
        "75 Septembers"
        "Don't Forget The Guns"
        "When Fall Comes To New England"
 40: "Grandma's Got A Boombox," Sandy Ross [, 5/15] (19)
        "Distant Campfire"
        "Child Of The Sixties"
 40: "The Immigrant And The Orphan," The John Byrne Band [Self, new] (19)
        "Sing On Johnny"
        "The Immigrant And The Orphan"
 40: "Sands Of Now," Elephant Revival [United Interests, 7/15] (19)
        "Sands Of Now"
        "Shadows Passed"
 44: "Deux Visions," Francesca Blanchard [Vis-A-Vis, new] (18)
        "Pas D'sa Faute"
 44: "Lost Time," Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin [Yep Roc, 9/15] (18)
        "Hide And Seek"
        "In New Orleans"
 44: "Ready For The Storm," Lori Lieberman [Drive On, new] (18)
        "Alive In The World"
        "Last Thing On My Mind"
 44: "Temporary Things," Clara Baker [Self, 6/15] (18)
        "Don't Wait For Goodbye"
        "Big Spoon"
 44: "Walking Into White," Sarah McQuaid [Waterbug, 8/15] (18)
        "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
 49: "Bright Shadow," Ana Egge [Grace/Parkinsong, 5/15] (17)
        "Flat Top Guitar"
        "Bright Shadow"
 49: "Cold And Bitter Tears: The Songs Of Ted Hawkins," Various Artists [Wixen, new] (17)
        "Sorry You're Sick," Mary Gauthier
        "Cold And Bitter Tears," Kasey Chambers
 49: "Dancin' In The Kitchen," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer [Community, 3/15] (17)
        "I'm My Own Grandpa"
 49: "Dark Desert Night," 3hattrio [Okehdokee, new] (17)
        "Off The Map"
        "Carry Me Away"
 49: "Folksinger's Choice," Bob Dylan [Left Field, 2012] (17)
        "Conversation With Cynthia Gooding"
        "Fixin' To Die"
 49: "Pompadour," Tim O'Brien [Howdy Skies, new] (17)
        "Go Down To The Water"
        "Get Up Offa That Thing"
 49: "Radio," Steep Canyon Rangers [Rounder, 8/15] (17)
        "When The Well Runs Dry"
 49: "The Ragpicker String Band," The Ragpicker String Band [Yellow Dog, 8/15] (17)
        "Black Mattie"
 49: "Yours And Mine," Dawn And Hawkes [Self, new] (17)
        "Yours And Mine"
 58: "Emerald," Dar Williams [Self, 5/15] (16)
        "Empty Plane"
 58: "The Farwells," The Farwells [Tin Halo, 9/15] (16)
        "Sugar Baby"
 58: "Golden State," Penny Nichols [Pensongs, new] (16)
        "Charlie Bad Boy"
 58: "I Am American," Michael Troy [Self, new] (16)
        "Jesus On The Radio"
 58: "Old Time Reverie," Mipso [Robust, 10/15] (16)
        "Bad Penny"
        "Captain's Daughter"
 58: "Picking Up The Pieces," Jewel [Sugar Hill, new] (16)
        "My Father's Daughter"
        "Boy Needs A Bike"
 58: "Shadow Trails," Linda McRae [Borealis, new] (16)
        "Jesus Or Jail"
 58: "The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come," Martha Scanlan [Up On The Divide, 4/15] (16)
        "First Rains"
 58: "Uncovered," Shawn Colvin [Concord, new] (16)
 67: "Beautiful You," The Waifs [Compass, 8/15] (15)
        "Dark Highway"
        "Beautiful You"
 67: "Dinas," Calan [Sain, 6/15] (15)
        "Miner's Life"
 67: "Ordinary Band," Katie Dahl [Waterbug, 6/15] (15)
 67: "Runaway Train," Flatt Lonesome [Mountain Home, new] (15)
        "Don't Come Running"
        "Still Feeling Blue"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13885 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. "Take Me Home" (21)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
2. "Church Street Blues" (18)
        by Happy Traum
        from "Just For The Love Of It"
3. "Freight Train" (17)
        by Boxcar Lilies
        from "Knockout Rose"
4. "Carolina In The Pines" (16)
        by Alison Brown
        from "The Song Of The Banjo"
5. "Things Are Coming My Way" (14)
        by Happy Traum
        from "Just For The Love Of It"
6. "Already There" (13)
        by Anna Elizabeth Laube
        from "Anna Laube"
7. "Captain's Seat" (12)
        by Boxcar Lilies
        from "Knockout Rose"
7. "Hey Porter" (12)
        by Greg Blake
        from "Songs Of Heart And Home"
7. "High Peaks" (12)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
7. "Honey Blues" (12)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
7. "North East Rising Sun" (12)
        by Brooksie Wells
        from "North East Rising Sun"
7. "Winds Of October" (12)
        by Peter Mayer
        from "Third Street"
13. "Beautiful Life" (11)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
13. "In These Times" (11)
        by Noel Paul Stookey
        from "At Home: The Maine Tour"
15. "Bonnie Mulligan's" (10)
        by Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus
        from "Round Trip"
15. "Comes A Time" (10)
        by Amy Soucy
        from "This River"
15. "Crooked Child" (10)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
15. "Hello And Goodbye" (10)
        by Avery Hill
        from "Dreams And Ghosts: A Family Album"
15. "Hymn For Renewal" (10)
        by Free The Honey
        from "Fine Bloom"
15. "Union Depot" (10)
        by Peter Mayer
        from "Third Street"
21. "Knockout Rose" (9)
        by Boxcar Lilies
        from "Knockout Rose"
21. "Kokomo Kidd" (9)
        by Guy Davis
        from "Kokomo Kidd"
21. "Last Pharaoh" (9)
        by Dave Rawlings Machine
        from "Nashville Obsolete"
21. "My Father's Daughter" (9)
        by Jewel
        from "Picking Up The Pieces"
21. "Papa Come Quick" (9)
        by Boxcar Lilies
        from "Knockout Rose"
21. "Sweet Thames, Flow Softly" (9)
        by Rufus And Martha Wainwright
        from "Joy Of Living: A Tribute To Ewan MacColl"
21. "What's Going On" (9)
        by Alison Brown
        from "The Song Of The Banjo"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13885 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. Free The Honey
2. Happy Traum
3. Alison Brown
4. Boxcar Lilies
5. Noel Paul Stookey
6. Guy Davis
7. Greg Blake
8. Bob Dylan
8. Donna Ulisse
10. Peter Mayer
11. Anna Laube
11. Brooksie Wells
13. Terry Kitchen
14. Christine Lavin
14. John Prine
16. Avery Hill
17. Old Man Luedecke
17. Patty Griffin
19. Archie Fisher
19. David Roth
19. John McCutcheon
22. Amy Soucy
22. Lowell Levinger
24. Efrat
25. Cheryl Wheeler
25. Tim O'Brien
27. Beppe Gambetta And Tony McManus
28. Jenna Moynihan
29. Chris Rosser
29. Dave Rawlings Machine
29. Rita Hosking
32. Chuck Brodsky
32. Dan Schatz
34. Dar Williams
34. Greg Brown
36. Freebo
37. Iris DeMent
38. Andy Cohen
38. Anne Hills
38. Gillian Welch
38. Harpeth Rising
38. Mara Levine

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13885 airplays from 137 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Compass
3. Red House
4. Sugar Hill
5. Smithsonian/Folkways
6. Borealis
7. Columbia
8. Signature
9. Folk-Legacy
10. Arc
10. Green Linnet
12. Neworld
13. Vanguard
14. Warner
15. Waterbug
16. Capitol
17. Philo
17. Yep Roc
19. Flying Fish
19. Sony
21. Nonesuch
22. Hadley
23. True North
24. Acony
25. Lark's Nest
25. Rebel
27. Shanachie
28. RCA
29. Blue Boat
29. Mountain Home
31. Rhino
32. Appleseed
32. Earwig
34. M. C.
35. Mercury
35. Patuxent
37. 30 Tigers
37. Alligator
37. Bear Family
37. Wind River

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 13885 airplays from 137 different DJs

Abby Parks (WLJS-FM, AL)
Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Amanda Lynn Stubley (CHRW-FM, ON)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annette Kastner & Ryan Marley Grant (WTJU-FM, VA)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WCOM-FM, NC)
Art Podell (KPFK-FM, CA)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Artie Martello (, NY)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Revill (WESU-FM, CT)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Bob McWilliams (KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Brenda & Roman Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
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)
Carpenter, Brown, Kindig, Donleavy, Rough, Koplin & Davis (WTJU-FM, VA)
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)
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)
Gary Crouth (WYEP-FM, PA)
George Dayton (WTJU-FM, VA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Graham and Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP, MA)
Hansjoerg Malonek (ISW-FM, Germany)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Jan Hall (CFRU-FM, ON)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeanne Holton (WMNF-FM, FL)
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 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)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
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)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurie DesJardins (KVMR-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Linda Fahey (WKSU & syndicated, OH)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Pedersen (WOJB-FM, WI)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
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)
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)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Rob Thurlow (KRFC-FM, CO)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Rosemarie Nielsen (WAMU-FM & syndicated, VA)
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 O'Laughlin (WORT-FM, WI)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Druckenmiller (WDIY-FM & syndicated, PA)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
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