Folktales

Series produced by Northeast Indiana Public Radio

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Join us for a topical tour around the musical folkworld.

For one hour every week, Julia takes listeners around the world as she explores a theme that touches the human spirit. From steel drum bands to didgeridoos, from Americana to Arabesque, Julia and her listeners consider how the traditions, customs, heritage, and myths of our world have been expressed through music.

Meticulously researched but presented with minimal commentary or interpretation, Julia allows the folktale theme of the week to unfold itself in the mastery of the musicians and their music.


Additional Files

172 Pieces

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Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Summer Solstice, Credit: Julia Meek
It's Father Sun in the driver's seat, this edition of Folktales, so grab the shades and climb aboard for this heliocentric ride!

Bought by 'The Sea', GCR (Global Community Radio), KVNF, KAAD-LP, GCR (Global Community Radio) and more


  • Added: Jun 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Terms of Endearment, Credit: Julia Meek
"Darling" is an Old English petname--we hope you'll be one, and join us for the Folktale of Terms of Endearment.

Bought by WFIU


  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Mystery, Credit: Julia Meek
This episode of Folktales, we're tracking fascination with the unknown around the musical globe. Hmmmmmm...Want to help us crack the case?

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', GCR (Global Community Radio), and WFIU


  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Abundance, Credit: Julia Meek
According to Epicurus, "The grateful heart sits at a continuous feast." And we're sharing it with you this week on the Folktale of Abundance.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WFIU, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Varmints, Credit: Julia Meek
"Snakes hide in grass, people behind their lies." We don't know who said it, but find out why this week on the Folktale of Varmints.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Sorrow, Credit: Julia Meek
Author Paul Coelho said, "Tears are words that need to be written." We're adding music to the emotion this week, on the Folktale of Sorrow.

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WLPR , KAAD-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Urban Living, Credit: Julia Meek
It's musical customs for, from and about "the masses" we're sampling this week, on WBOI's Folktale of Urban Living. Care to come along?

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR , WFIU, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jan 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Falsehoods, Credit: Julia Meek
A little white lie never hurt anyone. Or did it? Hear for yourself this week, on the Folktale of Falsehoods.

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WLPR , WFIU and more


  • Added: Jan 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Celestial Harmony, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's Folktale of Celestial Harmony is divinely inspiring, and trust us, looking to the heavens never sounded so sweet!

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WLPR , WFIU and more


  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Generosity, Credit: Julia Meek
"A thing is bigger for being shared." (Gaelic proverb) Musical proof's being shared this week, on WBOI's Folktale of Generosity

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, 'The Sea', WLPR , WFIU and more


  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Fire & Brimstone, Credit: Julia Meek
Marlowe's Dr. Faust noticed "Fools that will laugh on earth, most weep in hell," and that's the direction our Folktale of Fire & Brimstone is taking.

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), and WFIU


  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Harvest Home, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a world of good music and autumnal customs we're gathering this week on the Folktale of Harvest Home.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, and WFIU


  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Summertime, Credit: Julia Meek
It's beach blanket bingo and a world of seasonally significant music we're playing this week on the Folktale of Summertime!

Bought by WFIU, 'The Sea', GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR and more


  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Happiness, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a world of happy dancing we're doing this week on Folktales--care to join us for an hour?

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, 'The Sea', WYAP and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Balance, Credit: Julia Meek
Here's hoping you'll spend an hour with us this week on Folktales for a musical listen to just what hangs in the balance!

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, 'The Sea', 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WFIU and more


  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Hope, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's edition of Folktales is dedicated to music from around the globe, all of a hope-building nature. Need some? Gotta have it! Here's hopin...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WFIU, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jul 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Time, Credit: Julia Meek
Tennessee Williams said “Time is the longest distance between two places.” Take an hour to close that gap this week with the Folktale of Time.

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jun 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Yearning, Credit: Julia Meek
This week on Folktales, we have an itch to satisfy a world of hungers, thirsts & cravings around the musical globe. Got the hankering to join us?

Bought by WFIU, KLCC, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WLPR and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktales of Desperados, Credit: Julia Meek
It's the baddest of the bad we're up against this Folktale--in the finest of musical traditions.!

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WLPR , WFIU, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5