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Colin Macdonald

FOLKAL POINT – musical alternatives sans frontieres from folk to rock with myriad cute other stuff slipped in along the way – offers innovative artistry to discerning listeners around the world. This innovative radio programme’s stripped-down format, quixotic, informed, an unbiased spotlight on originality and creativity, steadfastly spurns here-today-gone-tomorrow fads, and just as resolutely ignores trivia. More than four decades since first airing on nascent Radio Clyde, this well-regarded, now widely syndicated two-hour weekly programme is still curated and presented globally by its self-effacing Scottish creator *. Always thoughtful, often quirky, sometimes provocative, enigmatic even, yet always fiercely resistant to barriers and contrived labels, Folkal Point remains laid back, arguably a tad eccentric but above all still a joyously maverick celebration for all on this fragile blue planet who value the glorious confluence of meaningful words and music in their lives.

* Colin MacDonald’s media career, at home in Scotland, London and abroad (from both ends of the Mediterranean to the South Atlantic), has also embraced extensive journalism plus TV and film work – both on and off camera. Now, some seven decades along the road least travelled, he’s “most at ease with a microphone and plenty of great music to share”.

Tried-and-tested since 1974, the Folkal Point format – still essentially folk to rock –  is quixotic, informed,  unbiased and treats music, musicians and listeners seriously.  Veteran Scots producer-presenter Colin MacDonald brings a lifetime’s media experience at home and abroad to bear.”It’s not what I say but what I play that matters,  so you should really listen carefully to the words”, he urges.

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10.00pm – midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 FM, 106.6 FM and online.

Folkal Point then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south west Midlothian (Thursdays,11.00pm -1.00am) plus a 10.00am – midday Friday repeat, with a Friday midnight slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10.00pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.

Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the Glasgow studios of HBS.

www.folkalpoint.scot  sponsored by folk singer ‘Robin Campbell & folk‘ for playlists, questions, comments and ‘likes’.

 

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FOLKAL POINT - 266 - FEBRUARY 23 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

TOMORROW'S BOY - Police Dog Hogan (Albion), appearing live on March 2 at Inchyra Arts Club, Glencarse, Perth, and at St Luke's (next to the Barrowland), Bain Street, Gallowgate, Glasgow, on March 3
MARIANA - Sheila MacDonald*
GRAVITY INSIDE - Ian Roland (Albion) & Simon Yapp (Albion)
IT'S SO EASY TO TELL - Little Tess* & The Talkbacks*
A SAILING SONG - Rackhouse Pilfer (Eire)
TWO HEARTS - Sally Barker (Albion)
CRIME & PUNISHMENT - Ferocious Dog (Albion), appearing live on February 24 at St Luke's (next to the Barrowland), Bain Street, Gallowgate, Glasgow.
LOVE FOREVER - Nicole Coward (Canada)
HARD TIMES OF OLD ENGLAND - Marc Block (Albion)
MOCKINGBIRD SOUL - Brigitte Demeyer* & Will Kimbrough*, appearing live in Glasgow on March 24 at the Fox Start Club, Argyll Hotel.
IS IT EVER GONNA RAIN? - Bob Cheevers* appearing live at Berits and Brown's, Eurocentraal, near Coatbridge (Feb 24) and Greyfriars, South Street, Perth on February 25.
ALWAYS WRONG FROM THE START - Eileen Kozloff*
GYPSY LADDIE - The Rachel Hamer Band (Albion)
LAST HONEST MAN - Grant Peeples*
MY BEATING HEART- Ken Dunn (Canada) & Gypsy Starfish (Canada), featuring harmony vocals by Anna Green (Canada)
SPRING CLEANING IN THE WINTER TIME - Anne McCue (Australia/*)
SPRINGTIME - Al Rapone*
ENGLAND'S SPRING - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
WINE & ROSES - Jeff Boortz*
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL? - Charlie Faye*
WE ARE CLOWNS - Cormac O'Caoimh (Eire)
KILL THE LIGHTS - Hat Check Girl*, featuring Annie Gallup*
A TOO VIVID DREAM - Smisch (Konungariket Sverige)
TEXAS TWO - Echo Bloom *
I WANT TO KNOW YOU - Lorin Hart*
WINTER BLUES - Aaron Newman* & The OK Caravan*
WHO AM I TO ME? - Elles Bailey (Albion)
THE PARTING GLASS - Dipper Malkin (Albion)
KILLER BEES ON CAFFEINE - instrumental - Tony Trischka*
& Béla (Anton Leoš) Fleck*
FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106, 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) plus a 10am - midday Friday repeat, with a Friday midnight slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the fourth-floor Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
See www.folkalpoint.scot for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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FOLKAL POINT - 265 - FEBRUARY 16 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

DOWN BY THE RIVER - The Black Feathers (Albion)
THE MEETING OF THE WATERS - Jeff Wasserman (*/Kongeriket Norge)
JOHNNIE O'BRAIDIESLEE - Top Floor Taivers (Albion /Ulstèr/ Scotia)
BIRCH TREE - Nick Byrne (Albion)
RED FLAG - BeX (Albion)
VELCRO GIRL - Jimmy Brewer (Albion)
SPINNING WHEEL - ShAnnie*
IN THE EARLY STAGES - Bob Cheevers* appearing live on February 20 at Tower Mill Theatre, Heart of Hawick, Kirkstile, Hawick, Backstage at The Green Hotel, Kinross (Feb 21), Berits and Brown's, Eurocentraal, near Coatbridge (Feb 24) and Greyfriars, South Street, Perth on February 25.
COME HOME - Kelly's Lot*
IF YOU WANT A GOOD WOMAN - Tim Gartland*
WORKING GIRL'S GUITAR - Rosie Flores*
NEVER GIVE UP - Grant Campbell (Scotia)
FIESTA WALTZ - instrumental - Alistair Anderson & Northlands (Albion)
FEBRUARY HYMN - The Crosiers*
MAN DOWN - Circus FM (Scotia)
OH SUNNY DAY - J T Nero* & Allison Russell (Canada)
SLOW MOTION SUICIDE - Ferocious Dog (Albion), appearing live on February 24 at St Luke's (next to the Barrowland), Bain Street, Gallowgate, Glasgow.
ME IN BLUESLAND - The Kentucky Headhunters*, featuring (the late) Johnnie Johnson on piano and vocals
YOU - Bonnie Raitt*
WONDERING - Backgammon (Netherlands)
I KEPT WATCH LIKE DOVES - Amanda Shires*
LET THE TRAIN WHISTLE BLOW - John Cee Stannard (Albion)
BROKEN IN - Reagan Johnson*
SINGING FOR MY SUPPER - Jaimie Michaels*
JUST-CRIED TEAR - Bonnie Pointer*
POLKA CHINOIS - instrumental - The Hut People (Albion)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106, 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) plus a 10am - midday Friday repeat, with a Friday midnight slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the Glasgow studios of HBS.
See www.folkalpoint.scot for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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FOLKAL POINT - 264 - FEBRUARY 9 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

LOVE & MOTION - Ben Kunder (Canada)
FLYING - Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel*
YOUR EYES - Angus Smith & North 56 (Scotia)
EMPTY BOTTLE OF DREAMS - Surrender Hill*
GRANDMA - Levi Cuss (Canada)
IT WAS A DAY - Johanna Lillvik (Konungariket Sverige)
LEAVING LORDENSHAW - instrumental - Roddy Matthews (Albion)
ON THE ROAD TO RATHFRILAND - Jude Johnstone*
POSTCARD FROM HAMBURG - Martin Harley (Albion) & Daniel Kimbro*, appearing live in Perth and Glasgow on March 7 & 8, respectively
THE MOON AND THE PILOT - Daria Kulesh (Россия/Albion)
MAY YOU NEVER BE ALONE - Rob Ickes* & Trey Hensley*
TAKE ME BACK - Elles Bailey (Albion)
PRIMAL DREAM - instrumental - Deni Bonet*
THE OLD FOOL - Marc Block (Albion)
ANGELS & ACROBATS - Amanda Shires*
A FRIEND FOR YOUR NEWS - John Coletta (Scotia)
IT'S OUR VALENTINE - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
ARIANA - Don Conoscenti*
IN THE NIGHT - Wendy Webb*
TAKE A BREATH - Jarrod Dickenson*, appearing live in Glasgow on March 18
SAILOR'S REST HORNPIPE (instrumental) & THE SHIPWRECK - Albion Band (Albion), featuring Cathy LeSurf (vocals)
RED LIGHTS IN THE RAIN - Stephen Fearing (Canada)
IN THE WILDERNESS - Lorin Hart*
MRS VICTORIA (Beautiful Thing) - Jesse Dayton*
DON 'T BLAME ME - Miss Tess & The Talkbacks*
TO HELL WITH MONDAY MORNING - Winter Wilson*
TO THE RIVER I'LL GO - Eileen Kozloff*
ONSONGO - instrumental - Andrew Taylor (Albion)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106, 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am plus a 10am - midday Friday repeat), with a Friday midnight slot on DAB and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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RADIO TWO'S DESMOND CARRINGTON signs off at the age of 90. RIP. ...

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FOLKAL POINT - 263 - FEBRUARY 2 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

THE WAY - Mike Grogan (Albion)
ABOUT HER - Kelly's Lot*
TOO COOL FOR LOVE - Webb Wilder*
SPELLING SONG - West of Eden (Konungariket Sverige)
MY GUITAR, THE MAN IN THE MOON & MY HEART - Bob Cheevers*
BEAUTY - Annie Gallup*
LITTLE BIRD SONG - Jono Manson*
HOW MANY WOMEN? - Lydia Loveless*
50 SHADES OF BLUE - Blair Dunlop (Albion), appearing on February 5 at the Hug & Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow
ROSES - The Most Ugly Child (Albion)
CITY AT DUSK - Nicole Coward (Canada)
DIE IN THE DESERT - Doug Moreland*
WOMAN ON THE WHEEL - Gretchen Peters*
NEIL TAYLOR'S / FOURTH OF FEBRUARY / STRAWBERRIES GALORE - instrumental - Alistair Anderson & Northlands (Albion) )
THINKING TONIGHT - Clark & Zuppardi (Albion)
HE'S THE ONE - Marcia Ball*
THE CHILD INSIDE - Ewan McLellan (Scotia) & George Monbiot (Albion) will perform 'Breaking The Spell of Loneliness' on February 3 at The Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross, Glasgow, Sound House at The Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh (Feb 4) and The Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen on February 5
LET IT GO - Val Starr* & The Blues Rocket*
DIE TRYING - New Model Army (Albion)
PAIN AND PLEASURE - Rökkva (Island)
THE SUN IS GONNA RISE - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage (Albion)
PROSPERITY - Brooks Williams*, appearing on February 8 for Sounds in the Suburbs at Woodend Bowling & Tennis Club, Jordanhill, Glasgow
DREAMSOME - Shelby Lynne*
THE WRETCH - John Cee Stannard (Albion) with Julia Titus (Albion)
IT WASN 'T EVEN FUN WHILE IT LASTED - Anne McCue (Australia/*)
BEAUTIFUL BLUE - Runaway Horse*
EVERYTHING - Brigitte DeMeyer* & Will Kimbrough*
BACKWOODS BOOGIE - instrumental - Jeffrey Briggs*

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106, 106.6 FM and online.

Folkal Point then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) plus a 10am - midday Friday repeat, with a Friday midnight slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.

Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the Glasgow studios of HBS.
See www.folkalpoint.scot (just sponsored for another year (!) by Robin Campbell and folk) for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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