Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of December 2009 (with DJ list)

TOP ALBUMS AND SONGS OF DECEMBER 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13449 airplays from 142 different DJs

  1: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 4: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, new] (102)
        "We Need A Little Christmas," Abbie Gardner And Anthony Da Costa
        "Cold Cold December," Pat Wictor And Beaucoup Blue
        "Straw Against The Chill," Mara Levine With Joe Jencks
        "Old Night," Dala
  2: "A Friend Of A Friend," Dave Rawlings Machine [Acony, 11/09] (64)
        "Bells Of Harlem"
        "Monkey And The Engineer"
        "Ruby"
        "I Hear Them All"
        "How's About You"
  3: "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (46)
        "River," Peter Mulvey
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        "Song For A Winter Night," Erica Wheeler
        "Tree," Jim Henry
  4: "House Of Cards," James Keelaghan [Borealis, 10/09] (38)
        "Safe Home"
        "House Of Cards"
        "Since You Asked"
  5: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1999] (36)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right"
        "How Like The Holly"
        "Children Go Where I Send Thee"
        "One Horse Open Sleigh"
  5: "Silver Wood: Wintersongs," Krista Detor [Tightrope, 11/08] (36)
        "Christmas In London"
        "Awake The Voice"
        "Traveler In Winter"
  7: "So Dark You See," John Gorka [Red House, 10/09] (35)
        "Dutchman"
        "Fond Kiss"
        "I Think Of You"
  8: "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Signature, 2007] (34)
        "American Noel"
        "Giddyup Said Santa Claus"
        "Ditchling Carol"
  8: "The List," Rosanne Cash [Manhattan, 10/09] (34)
        "500 Miles"
        "Sea Of Heartbreak"
        "Long Black Veil"
  8: "The Pleasures Of Winter," Jay Ungar And Molly Mason [Fiddle And Dance, 12/08] (34)
        "Lights Of Chanukah"
        "Sermonette"
  8: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 3: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/08] (34)
        "Solstice Song," Denise Jordan Finley
        "Best That I Do," Robby Hecht
        "Rudolph Rap," Randall Williams
 12: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (32)
        "If We Make It Through December"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
        "Christmas Time's A-Comin"
 13: "Christmas In The Heart," Bob Dylan [Columbia, new] (29)
        "Here Comes Santa Claus"
        "Must Be Santa"
        "Christmas Blues"
 13: "Winterbloom," Duvekot, Heaton, Hutchinson, Zukerman [Self, 11/09] (29)
        "Thanks For The Roses"
        "Rexroth's Daughter"
 15: "Bird Song," Heather Masse [Red House, 11/09] (28)
        "Bird Song"
        "Our World"
        "Over The Mountain"
 15: "Carnival Lights," Jay Howlett [Blah Blah Woof Woof, new] (28)
        "Cornbread And Black-Eyed Peas"
        "Red Western Flyer"
        "Legend Of The Parking Lot"
 15: "Come Darkness, Come Light," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 9/08] (28)
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
        "Christmas Carol"
        "Christmas Time In The City"
 15: "Golden Apples Of The Sun," Caroline Herring [Signature, 11/09] (28)
        "See See Rider"
        "True Colors"
 15: "Live In '65," Pete Seeger [Appleseed, 11/09] (28)
        "This Little Light Of Mine"
        "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
 20: "Bonfires," Zoe Mulford [Azalea City, 10/09] (27)
        "Welcome In Another Year"
        "All Of The Songs Were Road Songs"
 20: "Saints & Scoundrels," Sharon Shannon [Compass, new] (27)
        "Go Tell The Devil"
        "Saints And Angels"
 20: "True Love Don't Weep," James Hill And Anne Davison [Borealis, 4/09] (27)
        "Ode To A Frozen Boot"
        "Duke's Alley Rag"
 20: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (27)
        "Hanerot Halalu"
        "Voices Of Winter/Red And Green"
 24: "Harlem Parlour Christmas," Harlem Parlour Music Club [Harlem Parlour, new] (26)
        "Christmas Time's A-Coming"
        "What Child Is This?"
 24: "A Midwinter Night's Dream," Loreena McKennitt [Quinlan Road, 10/08] (26)
        "7 Rejoices Of Mary"
        "Good King Wenceslas"
 26: "Fine Winter's Night," Matt And Shannon Heaton [Self, 2007] (25)
        "First Snowfall Of December"
        "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
 26: "High Wide And Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," Loudon Wainwright III [Proper, 8/09] (25)
        "Deal"
        "High Wide And Handsome"
 26: "Untold," John McCutcheon [Appalsongs, 11/09] (25)
        "Old People In Love"
        "Long, Long Road To Home"
 29: "Blood And Candle Smoke," Tom Russell [Shout Factory, 9/09] (23)
        "Mississippi River Runnin' Backwards"
        "Nina Simone"
 29: "The First Christmas Gift," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 2005] (23)
        "Shotgun Shells On A Christmas Tree"
        "On A Quiet Christmas Morn"
 29: "New Blue Day," Jory Nash [Thin Man, 10/09] (23)
        "Our Time Again"
        "God Don't Know Me Anymore"
 29: "Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute To Utah Phillips," Various Artists [Righteous Babe, 2/09] (23)
        "Singing Through The Hard Times," Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer
        "Telling Takes Me Home," Ed Trickett
 29: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 2: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 2007] (23)
        "Hanukkah Waltzing With You," Alexandria Kleztet
        "Light The Lamp," Emily Kurn
 34: "The Runaway Christmas Tree," Christine Lavin And The Mistletones [Appleseed, 2003] (22)
        "Christmas / Kwanzaa / Solstice / Chanukah / Ramadan / Boxing Day Song"
        "Tacobel Canon"
 35: "Points Of View," Anne Hills [Appleseed, 11/09] (21)
        "Holy Now"
        "Moon's Song"
 35: "Song Up In Her Head," Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill, 6/09] (21)
        "Come On Up To The House"
        "Song Up In Her Head"
 35: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 1: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 2006] (21)
        "Christmas Cards," Dave Potts
 38: "Big Mystery," Dana And Susan Robinson [Threshold, 8/09] (20)
        "Big Mystery"
        "Delta Queen"
 38: "Glow," Beverly Smith And Carl Jones [Dittyville, new] (20)
        "Lonesome Homesick Blues"
        "On The Sunnyside Of Life"
 38: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (20)
        "Auld Lang Syne," Bill Keith
 38: "True Stories," Martin Simpson [Compass, 9/09] (20)
        "Wind And The Rain"
        "Kielder Schottische"
 42: "500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions," Cliff Eberhardt [Red House, 9/09] (19)
        "Long Road"
        "500 Miles"
        "Have A Little Heart"
 42: "The Crow," Steve Martin [Self, 1/09] (19)
        "Daddy Played The Banjo"
 42: "Shimmer," Pieta Brown [Red House, 11/09] (19)
        "Diamonds In The Sky"
        "Lovin' You Still"
 45: "Blooming," Kate MacLeod [Waterbug, 10/09] (18)
        "Inner Man"
        "My Teton Home"
 45: "Last Month Of The Year," Magpie [Sliced Bread, 2002] (18)
        "Ballad Of Chanukah"
        "Solstice Carol"
 45: "Old Dog," Chris Coole [Self, 10/09] (18)
        "Cole Younger"
 48: "Circles Around Me," Sam Bush [Sugar Hill, 10/09] (17)
        "Roll On Buddy, Roll On"
        "Blue Mountain"
 48: "Cold Pizza For Breakfast," Christine Lavin [Yellow Tail, 9/09] (17)
        "Cold Pizza For Breakfast"
 48: "Family Circle," Del McCoury Band [Self, 10/09] (17)
        "Sweet Appalachia"
        "White Pass Railroad"
 48: "Hymns And Hers," Oliver Schroer [Borealis, 11/09] (17)
        "Colour Of Snow"
        "Runaway Flower"
 48: "I Won't Go Home 'til Morning," Sarah McQuaid [Self, 10/09] (17)
        "East Virginia"
        "Shady Grove-Cluck Old Hen"
 48: "Music From The Atlantic Fringe," The Unwanted [Compass, 11/09] (17)
        "Out On The Western Plains"
 48: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1993] (17)
        "Silent Night," Seldom Scene
        "Making Plans," Tim And Mollie O'Brien
 55: "Across The Troubled Wave," David Ferrard [Alter Road, 9/09] (16)
        "A-Rovin' On A Winter's Night"
        "Pretty Saro"
 55: "Feasts And Spirits," Finest Kind With John D. Huston [Fallen Angle, 2004] (16)
        "Homeless Wassail"
 55: "Hello, Stranger," Catie Curtis [Compass, 8/09] (16)
        "Hello Stranger"
        "Be 16 With Me"
 55: "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House," The Wailin' Jennys [Red House, 8/09] (16)
        "Deeper Well"
 55: "No Worries Now," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 8/09] (16)
        "How Can I Keep From Singing"
        "2 Cents Plain"
 55: "Pointing At The Sun," Cheryl Wheeler [Dias, 5/09] (16)
        "One Step At A Time"
        "Grey And Green"
 55: "Speak," Kat Eggleston [Paperboat, 9/09] (16)
        "Birken Tree"
        "Sanctuary/The History Man"
 55: "Time Stands Still," Chris Smither [Signature, 9/09] (16)
        "I Don't Know"
 63: "Acoustic Christmas," Various Artists [Columbia, 2007] (15)
        "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," T-Bone Burnette
 63: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart, 2000] (15)
        "Solstice Round"
 63: "Christmas Morning," Harvey Reid And Joyce Andersen [Woodpecker, 2005] (15)
        "Merry Christmas Baby"
 63: "Electric Dirt," Levon Helm [Vanguard, 6/09] (15)
        "Growin' Trade"
        "White Dove"
 63: "If On A Winter's Night," Sting [Umg, new] (15)
        "Soul Cake"
 63: "Weiss Christmas," Ilene Weiss [Gadfly, 1997] (15)
        "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/The Santa Rap"
        "Talking To The Wrong Guy"
 69: "Carol Of The Bells," Jody Marshall [Self, 2006] (14)
        "Frosty's Favorite"
 69: "Christmas," Bruce Cockburn [Columbia, 1998] (14)
        "Mary Had A Baby"
 69: "La Part Du Feu," Le Vent Du Nord [Borealis, 10/09] (14)
        "Le Cavalier Et La Belle"
 69: "Old Jawbone," Euphonia [Self, 2/09] (14)
        "Cotton-Eyed Joe"
        "Boatman's Dance"
 69: "Uncorked," Al Stewart With Dave Nachmanoff [Wallaby Trails Recordings, 9/09] (14)
        "Last Days Of The Century/Constantinople/Last Days"
 69: "What I Know," Tom Rush [Appleseed, 2/09] (14)
        "River Song"


TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13449 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. "American Noel" (22)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "American Noel"
        also "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
1. "Christmas In The Trenches" (22)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Live At Wolf Trap"
        also "Winter Solstice"
3. "In The Quiet Of Christmas" (16)
        by Jeff Talmadge
        from "In The Quiet Of Christmas"
4. "Christians And The Pagans" (15)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
5. "We Need A Little Christmas" (14)
        by Abbie Gardner And Anthony Da Costa
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 4: Happy Holidays"
6. "Christmas In Paradise" (13)
        by Mary Gauthier
        from "Filth And Fire"
6. "House Of Cards" (13)
        by James Keelaghan
        from "House Of Cards"
8. "Bird Song" (12)
        by Heather Masse
        from "Bird Song"
8. "Christmas In Mansfield" (12)
        by Joe Jencks
        from "I Hear Your Voice"
        also "Rise As One"
8. "Safe Home" (12)
        by James Keelaghan
        from "House Of Cards"
11. "Bells Of Harlem" (11)
        by Dave Rawlings Machine
        from "A Friend Of A Friend"
11. "Let's Do Christmas Right" (11)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
11. "River" (11)
        by Peter Mulvey
        from "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
11. "Welcome In Another Year" (11)
        by Zoe Mulford
        from "Bonfires"
15. "Beneath Our Christmas Tree" (10)
        by Bonnie Lee Panda
        from "Magical Winter Day"
15. "Cold Cold December" (10)
        by Pat Wictor And Beaucoup Blue
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 4: Happy Holidays"
15. "Light The Lamp" (10)
        by Emily Kurn
        from "I'm Just Like You"
        also "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 2: Happy Holidays"
15. "Lights Of Chanukah" (10)
        by Jay Ungar And Molly Mason
        from "The Pleasures Of Winter"
15. "Monkey And The Engineer" (10)
        by Dave Rawlings Machine
        from "A Friend Of A Friend"
15. "Ruby" (10)
        by Dave Rawlings Machine
        from "A Friend Of A Friend"
15. "Straw Against The Chill" (10)
        by Mara Levine With Joe Jencks
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 4: Happy Holidays"
22. "Christmas / Kwanzaa / Solstice / Chanukah / Ramadan / Boxing Day Song" (9)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
22. "Here Comes Santa Claus" (9)
        by Bob Dylan
        from "Christmas In The Heart"
22. "I Hear Them All" (9)
        by Dave Rawlings Machine
        from "A Friend Of A Friend"
22. "Song For A Winter Night" (9)
        by Erica Wheeler
        from "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
22. "Song Of The Magi" (9)
        by Anais Mitchell
        from "The Brightness"
22. "Thanks For The Roses" (9)
        by Duvekot, Heaton, Hutchinson, Zukerman
        from "Winterbloom"


TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13449 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. John McCutcheon
2. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
3. Dave Rawlings Machine
4. Bob Dylan
5. Joel Mabus
5. Pete Seeger
7. Loreena McKennitt
8. John Gorka
8. Laurie Lewis
10. Jay Ungar And Molly Mason
11. James Keelaghan
12. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
13. Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem
14. Christine Lavin
15. Harlem Parlour Music Club
15. Mary Chapin Carpenter
17. Krista Detor
18. Loudon Wainwright III
18. Rosanne Cash
20. Tom Russell
21. Caroline Herring
21. Robin And Linda Williams
21. Sam Bush
24. Dana And Susan Robinson
24. Finest Kind
26. John Prine
26. Matt And Shannon Heaton
28. Heather Masse
29. Duvekot, Heaton, Hutchinson, Zukerman
29. James Hill And Anne Davison
29. Jay Howlett
29. Zoe Mulford
33. Cheryl Wheeler
33. Dar Williams
33. Peter, Paul And Mary
33. Sharon Shannon
33. Steve Earle
38. Joe Jencks
38. Jory Nash
38. Odetta


TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13449 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Signature
4. Columbia
4. Sugar Hill
6. Compass
7. Appleseed
8. Hudson Harding
9. Borealis
10. Vanguard
11. Smithsonian/Folkways
12. Green Linnet
13. Acony
14. Warner
15. Waterbug
16. Philo
17. Rhino
18. Fossil
19. Greentrax
20. Quinlan Road
20. RCA
22. Flying Fish
23. Tightrope
24. Shanachie
25. Fallen Angle
26. Righteous Babe
27. Zoe
28. New West
29. Capitol
29. Gadfly
29. Hightone
29. Rebel
33. Lost Highway
33. Manhattan
33. Nettwerk
33. Sony
37. Bear Family
38. Folk-Legacy
38. Razor And Tie
40. Reprise
40. Rural Rhythm
40. Threshold
40. Woodpecker
40. Yep Roc


FOLK DJs - DECEMBER 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13449 airplays from 142 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Allan Nelson (BBC, U.K.)
Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Arthur Berman (CiTR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Bill Wagman (KDVS-FM, CA)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (XM, KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Caroline Doctorow (WPKM-FM & WPKN-FM, CT)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Clytia Fuller (KZSC-FM, CA)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
Danny Watson (2MAX-FM, Australia)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Deadwood Dick (KKUP-FM, CA)
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)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Doug Tucker (KWVA-FM, OR)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Gary Irving (WVUD-FM, DE)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (XM & WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Gierlach (WRFL-FM, KY)
Johanna Halbeisen (WXOJ-FM, MA)
John & Maureen Rumsey (KVMR-FM, CA)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John McLaughlin (WMUC-FM, MD)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
Jon 'Chip' Colcord (WNEC-FM, NH)
Jon Stein (WTBQ-AM, NY)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Juliet Youngren (WEFT-FM, IL)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Batista (WYEP-FM, PA)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Connors (WJSJ-FM, FL)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM & KFOK-LP, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Katherine Aldin (KPFK-FM, CA)
Matt Watroba (WDET-DM, MI)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Fitzgerald (WEBR, VA)
Mike Kelsey (WFHB, IN)
Mike Regenstreif (CKUT-FM, QC)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Noah Zacharin (CKLN-FM, ON)
Norm Mast (WVPE-FM, IN)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Pamela Smith (WPKN-FM, CT)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rhonda J. Miller (WXIN-FM, RI)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Richard Howard (KZMU-FM, UT)
Rik James (KGLT-FM, MT)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roger Wise (KGNU-FM, CO)
Ron Olesko (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Simon Dillon (Phoenix FM, Australia)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WRPI-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Harris (KRCC-FM, CO)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Susi Lanagan (PBS-FM, Australia)
Tamara Lewis (KBCS-FM, WA)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Doyle (WUOW-FM, NY)
Terry Hayden (WRPI-FM, NY)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Bingham (WCVF-FM, NY)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Tom Martin-Erickson (WPR, WI)
Tom Pittman (KOOP & KUTX, TX)
Trevor Ruffell (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)


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 (the official 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 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 nwfolk.com.

Richard Gillmann                                  http://www.nwfolk.com
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