TOP ALBUMS OF DECEMBER 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12149 airplays from 138 different DJs

  1: "The First Christmas Gift," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 9/05] (81)
        "Shotgun Shells On A Christmas Tree"
        "On A Quiet Christmas Morn"
        "Mary Had A Baby"
        "Old Toy Trains"
  2: "The Back Fields," Tim Grimm [Wind River, 10/05] (53)
        "Girl From The North Country"
        "People's Highway"
        "Lost And Found"
  3: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (42)
        "Christmas Time's A Coming," Rhonda Vincent
        "Winter Wonderland," Shankman Twins
  3: "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (42)
        "River," Peter Mulvey
        "Tree," Jim Henry
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
  5: "Christmas Morning," Harvey Reid And Joyce Andersen [Woodpecker, new] (41)
        "First Christmas Away From Home"
        "Angels We Have Heard On High"
        "Not Grieve The Dying Light"
  5: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (41)
        "If We Make It Through December"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
        "Snowy Road"
  7: "Christmas Goes To Sea," Lee Murdock [Depot, new] (39)
        "Bell Buoy On Christmas Day"
        "Christmas Ship"
        "When "
  8: "Gonna Let It Shine," Odetta [M. C., 10/05] (38)
        "Down By The Riverside"
        "This Little Light Of Mine"
        "Rise Up Shepherd"
  8: "The McGarrigle Christmas Hour," Kate And Anna McGarrigle And Friends [Nonesuch, 11/05] (38)
        "Rebel Jesus"
        "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?," Rufus Wainwright
        "Il Est Ne / Ca Bergers"
 10: "Hands Across The Water," Various Artists [Compass, 12/05] (35)
        "This Beggar's Heart," Darrell Scott
        "Til A Tear Becomes A Rose," John Prine And Fiona Prine With Dermot Byrne
        "Get Through It," Jon Randall
 10: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1999] (35)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right"
        "How Like The Holly"
        "One Horse Open Sleigh"
 12: "Blues And Lamentations," Kate Campbell [Large River, 8/05] (34)
        "Freedom Train"
        "Miles Of Blues"
        "Lay Back The Darkness"
 12: "Cat Tales: Songs Of The Feline Persuasion," Cindy Mangsen [Compass Rose, new] (34)
        "Rudy's Big Adventure"
        "Guide Cats For The Blind"
        "Open That Can"
 14: "December In Vermont," Diane Zeigler [Self, 11/04] (33)
        "December In Vermont"
        "Do You Hear What I Hear"
        "Cherry Tree Carol"
 14: "Feasts And Spirits," Finest Kind With John D. Huston [Fallen Angle, 11/04] (33)
        "Homeless Wassail"
        "Shepherds Arise"
 16: "Laughing In The Face Of The Blues," Jack Williams [Wind River, 10/05] (32)
        "Meet Me Mama"
        "Laughing In The Face Of The Blues"
        "Sucker For Love"
 17: "Heartland Holiday," Peter Ostroushko [Borderland, 11/05] (31)
        "Christmas Bells Of Belfast"
        "Girl From The North Country"
        "Carol Of The Drum"
 17: "Paradise Hotel," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 8/05] (31)
        "When You Walk On"
        "Calm Before The Storm"
        "Paradise Hotel"
 19: "The Girl Who Couldn't Fly," Kate Rusby [Compass, 9/05] (29)
        "Little Jack Frost"
        "Wandering Soul"
        "Elfin Knight"
 19: "The Runaway Christmas Tree," Christine Lavin And The Mistletones [Appleseed, 2003] (29)
        "Christmas / Kwanzaa / Solstice / Chanukah / Ramadan / Boxing Day Song"
        "Tacobel Canon"
 19: "Some Days," Lou And Peter Berryman [Cornbelt, 10/05] (29)
        "Christmas Letter"
 22: "Better Fight," Terry Tufts [Borealis, new] (28)
        "Hey, Jerusha"
        "Better Fight"
        "Black Velvet Elvis"
 22: "Fiddler's Green," Tim O'Brien [Sugar Hill, 8/05] (28)
        "Pretty Fair Maid In The Garden"
        "Early Morning Rain"
        "First Snow"
 22: "She Waits For Night," Uncle Earl [Rounder, 7/05] (28)
        "Walking In My Sleep"
        "Ida Red"
        "Warfare"
 25: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [Self, 2002] (27)
        "American Noel"
        "Gift Of The Magi"
        "The Christians And The Pagans"
 25: "This Christmas Morning," Leslie Ritter And Scott Petito [Collective Works, 11/05] (27)
        "Give A Little Hope"
        "Bells Of Christmas"
        "This Christmas Morning"
 27: "Angels And Fools: A Christmas Collection, Vol. 2," Neal And Leandra [Uncle Gus, new] (26)
        "Boswell's Lights"
        "Joseph's Lullaby"
 28: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1993] (25)
        "Making Plans," Tim O'Brien
        "That White Christmas Song," Red Knuckles And The Trailblazers
 28: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (25)
        "Frozen Logger / Proper Cup Of Coffee"
        "Voices Of Winter / Red And Green"
 30: "On A Night Before Christmas," Sloan Wainwright [Derby Disc, new] (24)
        "Illuminate"
        "River"
 31: "My Better Self," Dar Williams [Razor & Tie, 9/05] (23)
        "Comfortably Numb"
        "You Rise And Meet The Day"
 32: "Seeing Things," Heidi Muller And Bob Webb [Self, 11/05] (22)
        "Snowdance"
        "Snowdrops"
 32: "A Skaggs Family Christmas," Various Artists [Skaggs Family, new] (22)
        "Deck The Halls," Ricky Skaggs
        "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," Ricky Skaggs
 34: "A Christmas Heritage," Newgrange [Compass, 9/05] (21)
        "Christmas Eve"
        "In The Bleak Midwinter"
 34: "Cornbread Nation," Tim O'Brien [Sugar Hill, 8/05] (21)
        "Cornbread Nation"
        "Hold On"
 34: "Peacenick," Roy Zimmerman [Metaphor, new] (21)
        "Buy War Toys For Christmas"
        "2 Brothers"
 37: "Live In The UK," Tom Paxton [Pax, 9/05] (20)
        "Last Thing On My Mind"
        "There But For Fortune"
 37: "40 Days," Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 4/04] (20)
        "Parting Glass"
        "One Voice"
 37: "Christmas In The Mountains," Various Artists [Rebel, 2003] (20)
        "Christmas Time Back Home," Country Gentlemen
        "Christmas In Virginia," Lost And Found
 37: "Rags And Bones," Ernie Hawkins [Say Mo, new] (20)
        "G Rag"
        "Avalon Blues"
 41: "Christmas On The Mountain," Various Artists [Universal South, 2002] (19)
        "Bah Humbug," Tim O'Brien
        "Bluegrass Christmas," Del McCoury
 41: "The Duhks," The Duhks [Sugar Hill, 2/05] (19)
        "Death Came A Knockin"
        "Dance Hall Girls"
 41: "Flower Of Avalon," Tracy Grammer [Signature, 4/05] (19)
        "Mother, I Climbed"
        "Hard To Make It"
 41: "Giants," Donal Hinely [Scuffletown, 11/05] (19)
        "Giants"
        "You And Me"
 41: "Half A Million Miles," The Kennedys [Appleseed, 7/05] (19)
        "Half A Million Miles"
        "Chimes Of Freedom"
 41: "When Winter Calls," Atwater And Donnelly [Rabbit Island, new] (19)
        "Winter Solstice"
        "Wintergrace"
 47: "Two Wings," Lauren Sheehan [Wilson River, 10/05] (18)
        "2 Wings"
        "God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind"
 47: "Christmas," Bruce Cockburn [Columbia, 1998] (18)
        "Early On One Christmas Morn"
        "Mary Had A Baby"
 47: "Last Month Of The Year," Magpie [Sliced Bread, 2002] (18)
        "Chanukah Chase"
        "No Room For You Inside"
 47: "Merry Fishes To All," Trout Fishing In America [Self, 7/04] (18)
        "11 Cats Of Christmas"
        "Santa Brought Me Clothes"
 47: "Remembering Rachel: Songs Of Rachel Bissex," Various Artists [Self, 8/05] (18)
        "In White Light," Jennifer Kimball With Catie Curtis
        "Oh Jackson," Ruthie Foster
 52: "Filth And Fire," Mary Gauthier [Signature, 2002] (17)
        "Christmas In Paradise"
 52: "One Foot Out The Door," Abi Tapia [Wanderlusty, 5/05] (17)
        "Cried Wolf"
        "Iowa"
 52: "Song Of The Traveling Daughter," Abigail Washburn [Nettwerk, 8/05] (17)
        "Coffee's Cold"
        "Red And Blazing"
 52: "Tinsel Tunes," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1997] (17)
        "Sleigh Ride," Sam Bush
        "Last Month Of The Year," Fairfield 4 W/ Nashville Bluegrass Band
 52: "Weiss Christmas," Ilene Weiss [Gadfly, 1997] (17)
        "It's That Time Again"
        "Santa Rap"
 52: "When I See Winter Return," William Pint And Felicia Dale [Waterbug, 1998] (17)
        "I Saw 3 Ships / Untitled Jig"
        "Woodcutter's Song"
 52: "Yellow," Cary Cooper [Hudson Harding, 10/05] (17)
        "I Feel The Earth Move"
        "Cinderella"
 59: "Serenade," Mick McAuley And Winifred Horan [Compass, new] (16)
        "Jug Of Punch Set"
 59: "We Three Kings," The Roches [MCA, 1990] (16)
        "Star Of Wonder"
        "Here We Come A Carrolling"
 61: "Chicago Wind," Merle Haggard [Sony, 10/05] (15)
        "Where's All The Freedom"
        "White Man Singing The Blues"
 61: "Fair And Square," John Prine [Oh Boy, 4/05] (15)
        "Glory Of True Love"
        "Long Monday"
 61: "Garden Of Days," Jamie Byrd [Rooster Dog, new] (15)
        "Gonna Build Me A Barn"
 61: "Mantras For Madmen," Harry Manx [Dog My Cat, 11/05] (15)
        "It Makes No Difference"
        "Your Sweet Name"
 61: "The Other Evening In Chicago," Bob Franke [Waterbug, 7/05] (15)
        "Alleluia, The Great Storm Is Over"
 61: "Tale Of Two Americas," Rod MacDonald [Wind River, 6/05] (15)
        "Governator"
 61: "Tradition," Burns Sisters [Philo, 1998] (15)
        "Shaloo Shalom"
        "Songs We Love"
 68: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart, 2000] (14)
        "Solstice Round"
        "Corn, Water And Wood"
 68: "The Best Kept Secret," Jerry Douglas [Koch, 9/05] (14)
        "Snow's First Fall"
        "Swing Blues No. 1"
 68: "Between The Breaks...Live!," Stan Rogers [Fogarty's Cove, 1979] (14)
        "First Christmas"
 68: "The Hard And The Easy," Great Big Sea [Zoe, 10/05] (14)
        "Come And I Will Sing You"
 68: "The Heart Wants What It Wants," The Cantrells [Self, 12/04] (14)
        "Snowbound"
 68: "Holiday Guitar," Dan Crary [Sugar Hill, 1997] (14)
        "Carol Of The Bells"
        "Christmas Blues A' Comin"
 68: "Like Water," Paul Kamm And Eleanore MacDonald [Freewheel, 9/05] (14)
        "Judas Silver"
        "Like Water"
 68: "Mortal City," Dar Williams [Razor & Tie, 1996] (14)
        "The Christians And The Pagans"
 68: "Waves," Eric Andersen [Appleseed, 10/05] (14)
        "Thirsty Boots"

TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12149 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. "After The Gold Rush" (14)
        by Mick McAuley And Winifred Horan
        from "Serenade"
1. "Giants" (14)
        by Donal Hinely
        from "Giants"
1. "People's Highway" (14)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
4. "Yellow" (13)
        by Cary Cooper
        from "Yellow"
5. "Man Of God" (11)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Paradise Hotel"
5. "Miles Of Blues" (11)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "Blues And Lamentations"
7. "2 Wings" (10)
        by Lauren Sheehan
        from "Two Wings"
7. "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (10)
        by Eric Bogle
        from "At This Stage"
        also "Scraps Of Paper"
7. "Autumn Garden" (10)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
10. "Everybody's Gone Crazy" (9)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
10. "Lost And Found" (9)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
10. "Meet Me Mama" (9)
        by Jack Williams
        from "Laughing In The Face Of The Blues"
10. "My Turn" (9)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
10. "These Days" (9)
        by Jackson Browne
        from "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1"
10. "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" (9)
        by Gordon Lightfoot
        from "Summertime Dream"
16. "Echoes" (8)
        by Dar Williams
        from "My Better Self"
16. "Paradise Hotel" (8)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Paradise Hotel"
16. "Rough And Rocky" (8)
        by Cathie Ryan
        from "Acoustic Rainbow 23"
16. "Song Of Thanksgiving" (8)
        by Tim Harrison
        from "Wheatfield With Crows"
16. "Yellow House" (8)
        by Red Molly
        from "Red Molly"
21. "Before Music Was A Product" (7)
        by Donal Hinely
        from "Giants"
21. "City Of New Orleans" (7)
        by Arlo Guthrie
        from "Live In Sydney"
21. "Easy Rider" (7)
        by Will Taylor And Strings Attached
        from "Collaborations"
21. "Freedom Train" (7)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "Blues And Lamentations"
21. "Hold On" (7)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Cornbread Nation"
21. "Painter" (7)
        by Neil Young
        from "Prairie Wind"
21. "Pans Of Biscuits" (7)
        by Kate Campbell
        from "Blues And Lamentations"
21. "Sometimes Trouble Is A Gift" (7)
        by Tim Grimm
        from "The Back Fields"
21. "Sugar Babe" (7)
        by Uncle Earl
        from "She Waits For Night"
21. "Thanksgiving Eve" (7)
        by Bob Franke
        from "In This Night"
        also "The Other Evening In Chicago"
21. "Think About You" (7)
        by Eliza Gilkyson
        from "Paradise Hotel"

TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12149 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Robin And Linda Williams
2. Tim O'Brien
3. Tim Grimm
4. Kate Campbell
5. John McCutcheon
5. Odetta
7. Dar Williams
7. Joel Mabus
9. Christine Lavin
9. Finest Kind
11. Eliza Gilkyson
11. Harvey Reid And Joyce Andersen
11. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
14. Lee Murdock
15. John Prine
16. Diane Zeigler
17. Peter Ostroushko
18. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
18. Jack Williams
20. Beatles
20. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
20. Lou And Peter Berryman
23. Bob Dylan
23. Cindy Mangsen
23. Neal And Leandra
23. Tom Paxton
27. Greg Brown
28. Bruce Cockburn
28. Kate Rusby
30. Leslie Ritter And Scott Petito
31. Steve Earle
32. Darryl Purpose
32. Kate And Anna McGarrigle
32. Loreena McKennitt
35. Joan Baez
35. John Lennon
35. Sloan Wainwright
35. Uncle Earl
39. Emmylou Harris
39. Roy Zimmerman
39. Terry Tufts


TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2005

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12149 airplays from 138 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Sugar Hill
5. Columbia
6. Signature
7. Philo
8. Capitol
9. Appleseed
10. Wind River
11. Rebel
12. Rhino
13. Waterbug
14. Vanguard
15. Borealis
15. Pinecastle
15. Warner
18. Koch
19. Flying Fish
19. RCA
21. Reprise
22. Gadfly
22. Nonesuch
24. Fallen Angle
24. Green Linnet
24. Hightone
27. Smithsonian/Folkways
28. Greentrax
29. Shanachie
30. Razor And Tie
31. Woodpecker
32. Putumayo
33. Nettwerk
34. Fossil
35. Mercury
36. Depot
37. Dualtone
37. MCA
37. Sony
40. M. C.

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 http://folkradio.org (Mike Yuhas' FOLKDJ-L web site) and also, in an
extended version, at http://nwfolk.com (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 number of airplays listed for each album is the
number that my programs caught, which is smaller than the actual number.

The Top Albums list is sorted in descending order by number of plays
recorded for each album. Within an album, the number of times each of
the more popular tracks were played is 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 nwfolk.com.

Richard Gillmann                                 http://www.nwfolk.com
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