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.


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172 Pieces

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This week's Folktale of Memories finds us honing our recall and reminiscence skills in a most musical manner--hoping you'll remember to join us!

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


  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we're asking: 'How does your garden grow?' in the finest of musical tradtions--hope you'll spend an hour just digging it!

Bought by WFIU, 'The Sea', WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), KUPR low power FM and more


  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 10
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As Robert Frost put it: "Freedom lies in being bold." Some call it courage, and this episode, we're sharing many musical examples of this fine art-...

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


  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Folktale of Star Shine, Credit: Julia Meek
As novelist Richelle Goodrich wonders: “Why only gaze at the stars? Catch one!” Musical opportunities abound this week on our Folktale of Star Shine.

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


  • Added: Jun 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The Folktale of Libations, Credit: Julia Meek
We’re imbibing in music for, from and about intoxicating beverages around the world of good cheer this week. So here's to your joining us for the F...

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


  • Added: Jun 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 8
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Here comes the sun--and it's shining down a world of good music this week on Foltkales--hope you can spend an hour w/ us and catch some rays!

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


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Sacred Ground, Credit: Julia Meek
A highly spritual journey through a world of 'musical belief'--hope you can join us for this uplifing tour.

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


  • Added: Apr 29, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Folktale of Ancestral Spirits, Credit: Julia Meek
It's remembered ways this Folktale tracks, as we follow those 'lines of descent' through the finest of musical traditions.

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


  • Added: Oct 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
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Tired of the winter? Ready to laugh in old man winter's face and tell him to take a hike? Then grab the outerwear & take a listen--Here's a folktal...

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI'S Folktale of The Social Scene, Credit: Julia Meek
We're traveling footloose & fancy free this episode, to bashes, balls and shindigs around the musical globe! Consider yourself the guest of honor--...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2015
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Illumination, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a "ray of thought" we're focused on this week, in a golden glow of musical customs from folkworlds old and new--so grab the Ray-bans, and get ...

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


  • Added: Aug 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Travel Lodging, Credit: Julia Meek
Where to lay one's weary head while 'on the road' is something to think about, and we're adding it to this Folktale's musical itinerary! Make your ...

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


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Caution, Credit: Julia Meek
Beware! we foresee obstacles, danger and pitfalls around every bend--so do consider musical prevention, with a listen to the Folktale of Caution

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


  • Added: Oct 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Folktale of Regrets, Credit: Julia Meek
Some folks say that regretting the past is like chasing the wind, and this week on Folktales, we have a world of music to prove it!

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


  • Added: Sep 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Folktale of Tranquility, Credit: Julia Meek
As they say in Russia, the calmer you go, the further along you will be. We're hoping that'll get you all the way to this week's Folktale of Tranqu...

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


  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Fashion Statements, Credit: Julia Meek
As Isaac Bashevis Singer observed: "What a strange power there is in clothing." Hear for yourself this week on the Folktale of Fashion Statements.

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


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Father Christmas, Credit: Julia Meek
Ho Ho Ho! “Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles”--and this edition of Folktales, it’s everyone’s favorite ‘jolly old el...

Bought by KLCC, KUPR low power FM, WFIU, WYAP, GCR (Global Community Radio) and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Cover Songs, Credit: Julia Meek
This week, our faders are primed and beats matched for a chart-topping Folktale of Cover Songs! Better tune in, if you catch my riff?

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


  • Added: Jan 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Shadows, Credit: Julia Meek
“There are moments when we all step away from the light," says author Gume Laurel III, and this week's Folktale of Shadows will show you what that ...

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


  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Relationships, Credit: Julia Meek
According to Nietzsche, "Invisible threads are the strongest ties"--hear where they lead and what they sound like on this week's Folktale of Relati...

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


  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4