Category Archives: Jean’s Rambles radio

Where in the world are you?

Here are the geographical statistics for Jean’s Rambles over the last 30 days, listing only the top five countries:

Country Streams TLH
United States 283 443:54
Japan 109 174:23
France 19 26:08
United Kingdom 11 12:58
Brazil 8 12:23

Streams = times station was launched, TLH = Total Listening Hours.

Thanks to all and, how’s it going, Japan?

XM Satellite Radio folk programming

I subscribed to XM for its folk programming perhaps three years ago and I have not been disappointed. There is one channel, 15 (“The Village”) devoted to folk, one, 14 (“Bluegrass Junction”), to bluegrass, and Celtic and other folk music can be found scattered around the other channels. For St Patrick’s Day, XM devoted 4 days’ programming to Irish music, and, sure, there were some slick maudlin ballads and raucous pub songs in the mix, but largely one great trad tune followed another, interrupted only by greetings to the US from folks in different parts of Ireland. It was pure joy.

Last Saturday I was listening to the Village on XM while on a long walk (I have a Pioneer Inno portable player and I’m training to walk the Portland Marathon in October) and for over two hours the programming went like this: a song by its singer-songwriter author or a song identified with a particular artist followed by another’s intepretation of the same song. So, Bob Dylan’s Tambourine Man followed by Judy Collins’s Tambourine Man, and so on. I made a note of some songs to play for you, including Both Sides the Tweed by the wonderful Dick Gaughan and The Song Will Remain by Steeleye Span, which I have added to the playlist. I ordered a couple CDs from Scotland by a group called the Sangsters and, when they arrive, I will play Some Kind of Love for you.

I plan to start suggesting other broadcasts for your folk music listening pleasure as Internet radio broadcasts are in jeopardy right now (see for more) and it’s hard to tell how long my stream will be around. It’s ironic in a way–we individual Live365 broadcasters gladly pay for the honor of sharing the music we love with our listeners and I believe that that playing something that you like and would be unlikely to hear without Live365 can only benefit the artists and the genre. We use Live365 because the service manages the royalties to the artists–we don’t ignore our ethics and make tracks available via peer-to-peer sharing. Still, it doesn’t seem to be enough for the record industry. CD sales are plummeting and amateur microscopic broadcasters such as myself might actually help to reverse that trend, but no.

When my life is over and I ne’er see you again
The singer may die but the song will remain

Why Jean Folk?

Okay, I’ll confess: my family name is not “Folk.” I fortunately became immersed in folk music at a very young age and have held it dear to me throughout my life, as you can glimpse in my story Pete and Me. But I didn’t give myself the name “Jean Folk.” When I was 19 and at work as a telephone operator in Hermosa Beach, California, I was seated next to a friend one day when she put through a collect call (this was a long time ago) from a Jean Folk. “Jean Folk!” she said after pulling back the key to mute her voice on the call, “That ought to be your name!”

So here we are. Thanks for being on this journey with me.