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

174 Pieces

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Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Direction, Credit: Julia Meek
Hard to figure out where in the world you're going? Musical orientation abounds this week on Folktales!

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


  • Added: Aug 15, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week on Folktales, we're courting the do's & don'ts of the dating game--in the finest of musical traditions!

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


  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The Folktale of Rivers & Streams, Credit: Julia Meek
It's the course of moving waterways we're following this Folktale--with a wonderful world of music to guide us, so be ready to ford this melodious ...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's 'Folktale of Anger' provides a musical look at a most volatile topic, so take a chill pill & join us--or do you want to fight about it?

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


  • Added: Aug 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI'S Folktale of the Sound of Summer, Credit: Julia Meek
We're toasting the season at hand on this week's show, so grab a lawn chair, AND a 'summer state of mind' for this warm and wonderful Folktale!

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2013
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Folktale of Family Affairs, Credit: Julia Meek
On this week's edition of Folktales, it's 'the sisters and the cousins to be reckoned up by dozens--and the aunts!'--and it's all relative!

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


  • Added: Jul 10, 2013
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Folktale of Loyalty, Credit: Julia Meek
It's sincerity and single-mindedness at its musical best on this week's true blue Folktale of Loyalty!

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


  • Added: Jun 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
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It's a sweet nocturnal glow that illuminates our pathway on this Folktale--and the 'audio view' is spectacular!

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


  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Poverty, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's Folktale puts the musical focus on need--and hardship around the globe.

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


  • Added: Sep 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Fatherhood, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's edition of Folktales declares 'hats off'' to all the Paters, Pops and Patriarchs we know, with a world of good music!

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WNMU-FM, WFIU, WNMU-FM, GCR (Global Community Radio) and more


  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Home Sweet Home, Credit: Julia Meek
We all agree there's no place like it! And this week's edition of Folktales is visiting favorite homes and habitats of all ages -- around the music...

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


  • Added: May 23, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Patriotism & Remembrance, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a time of military memorials in our world, and that's the hallowed path we walk on this week's edition, with musical reflections on battles--a...

Bought by WGHC-LP 98.3 FM Chicago, GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WFIU and more


  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Secret Gardens, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a bevy of blossoms and floral finery we're tracking on this week's edition--in especially lovely locales you won't find on the public parkway ...

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


  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:56
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktales, Credit: Julia Meek
A mother's work is never done--and this week's Folktale celebrates the love, spirit and dedication of mothers, daughters & grandmothers around the ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WNMU-FM, WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea' and more


  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Conflict, Credit: Julia Meek
We've all been warned to choose our battle carefully, and this week we're taking a listen to ALL sides of musical traditions on this issue--ready f...

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


  • Added: May 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of The 4 Elements, Credit: Julia Meek
Earth, water, fire & air--these are the "spiritual essences" this week's Folktale tracks, in the finest of musical tradition!

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


  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Prosperity, Credit: Julia Meek
It's the horn of plenty a-blowing this folktale, and a wealth of good music--you can bank on it!

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
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It's graces & goodwill we gather this week, with a joyous assortment of musical expressions to share in celebration of the season around us.

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


  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Irish Backroads, Credit: j
Sure and 'tis a fine road we travel this week--off the beaten path, and around a world of musical customs & collaborations, all hailing from the Em...

Bought by RadioStPete Florida, WYAP, WNMU-FM, KICI Iowa City, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 26
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As they say in many a folk world, "Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns"--and on this week's edition, you'll find out that caring and sharing...

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


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9