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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)  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, plus Saturdays (10.00pm – midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week on its Essential Channel by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.

Folkal Point, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS in Glasgow.

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

 

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GRIM news from the Uists and Benbecula where the dwindling band of public-spirited volunteers behind An Radio has finally bowed to the unforgiving realities of 21st-century economics.
Sadly, the community station is now off air and has ceased to trade.
A spokeswoman told Folkal Point: "We have been unable to secure volunteers or raise sufficient income to keep up with our running costs and have reached the stage where we can no longer meet our Ofcom commitments".
She added: "We are hopeful that another community group will take over and resurrect the station in the near future".
We should all hope so too. There's no community that's not the better for having its own radio station reflecting and embracing daily life.
But such projects need to be lovingly nurtured - on both sides of the microphone.
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FOLKAL POINT - 364 - JANUARY 10/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Anderston studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

JUST ANOTHER DAY - David Massey*
A ROUND AGAIN - The Once (Canada), appearing live on January 23 at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow for Celtic Connections
THE BIG ONE - Brad Colerick*
MAY WE FIND - The Krickets*
THE DRINKERS - The Trials of Cato (Cymru/Albion)
LITTLE BLUE BIRD - Steph Cameron (Canada), appearing live on January 20 with fellow Canadians, the duo Twin Bandit at Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
TEARS SHAPED LIKE ISLANDS - Dan Rauchwerk* with Caitlin Mahoney* (as the ghostly voice of Queen Lili'uokalani)
BLOOM IN THE SEED - The Appalucians*
RED RIVER SHORE - Steve Bonham (Albion) & The Long Road
ANOTHER LOVE GONE WRONG - Becky Buller*
DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M HOPING FOR - Sammy Harrison (Albion)
SOMEBODY HAD TO SPEAK FIRST - Hidden Stills (Eire)
COME ON - Ben Kunder (Canada)
ANNA'S VALS - instrumental - Sver (Kongeriket Norge/Konungariket Sverige)
KNOCKIN' AT YOUR DOOR - John Hartford*
LIVING SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM - Martha L Healy (Scotia)
DEATH'n'TEXAS - No Coward Soul*
THAT WOULD BE ME - Picking Violets* featuring Erica Stone and Kelly Weston
CITY OF ADELAIDE - Tumbling Souls (Scotia) featuring Willie Campbell
SLOE GIN - Joe Bonamassa*
THE MUMMERS' DANCE - Daria Kulesh (Albion/Россия)
OUT TO SEA - Michael Weiskopf*
POMP AND SWELL - Annie Oakley*
HARMONY - Peter Lawlor*
A LIFE THAT'S GOOD - Emily Smith (Scotia)
FOREVER - Longstay (Scotia)
VALS TICO - instrumental - Jorge Strunz (República de Costa Rica/*) and Ardeshir Farah (جمهوری اسلامی ایران /Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān*)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online* and by Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 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 11pm slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley.
The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week on its Essential Channel by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
*DCR offers a repeat between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.
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FOLKAL POINT - 363 - JANUARY 3/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

WELCOME IN ANOTHER YEAR - Johnny Coppin (Albion) with Paul Burgess (violin/recorder), Dik Cadbury (guitars/vocals) and Karen Tweed (accordion)
SING FOR ME - Steph Cameron (Canada), appearing live on January 20 with fellow Canadians, the duo Twin Bandit at Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
THESE ARE THE THINGS - The Trials of Cato (Cymru/Albion)
CHAMPAGNE ANNIE - The Appalucians*
LITTLE MUSGRAVE - Iona Fyfe (Scotia)
COVER MY TRACKS - Ruston Kelly*
PANDORA'S REGRETS - New Yeller*, featuring (lead vocals) Launa Schweizer
FIND SOMEONE WHO CARES - Charlie Hole (Albion)
HOLDING ON TO EACH MOMENT - Birichen aka Catriona Sutherland (Scotia)
LAW OF LOVE - Jim Stanard*
TOO COLD TO CRY - Lindsay Beaver (*/Canada)
MOTHER - Dallahan (Scotia)
GIVE MY HEART A HOME - Melanie Dekker (Canada)
THE BUSKER - Chris Ronald (Canada/Albion)
FREE LIKE A BIRD - Larkin Poe*
WATERFALL - instrumental - Talisk (Scotia)
SALTY KISSES IN THE SAND - Brennan Leigh* & Noel McKay*
THE COMING OF THE SNOW - Simon O'Grady (Albion)
MISSISSIPPI MOON - Helen Rose*
MAKE THE MORNING SHINE - Kieran Goss (Ulstèr/Eire)appearing live on January 20 with Annie Kinsella at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
I AM STRONG - The Krickets*
TALK ABOUT IT - Sam Lewis*
BITTER SPRINGS TO BIG TREES - Becky Buller*
MABEL - Dan Cunningham*
KITCHEN MAN - Aurora (Rory) Block*
WASTED MOMENTS - Gordie Tentrees (Canada) and Jaxon Haldane, who have a string of live Scottish appearances next month - details here nearer the time
I'D RATHER DIE YOUNG - Eddie Adcock* with Talk of The Town featuring (lead vocals) Martha Adcock
DUNFERMLINE LINEN - Alex Black (Scotia)
THE WEAVING'S GONE - Gifford Lind (Scotia) and Guy Burgess (fiddle and mandolin)
LONG CHAIN CHARLIE AND MOUNDSVILLE - Slocan Ramblers (Canada)
CROW DANCE - instrumental - Jennifer Maidman (Albion) with The Conspiracy of Dreamers: Jerry Marotta*, David Torn* and Annie Whitehead (Albion)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online*, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 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 11pm slot on DAB digital and online broadcaster Radio Telstar throughout Glasgow and surrounding areas, plus Saturdays (10pm-midnight) with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley.
The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week on its Essential Channel by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
*DCR offers a repeat between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.
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THE compliments of the season to you!

FOLKAL POINT - 362 - DECEMBER 27/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, on the eve of its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Glasgow studios of HBS.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

HERE COMES THE BLUES - Brooks Williams (*/Albion)
NEW YEAR RAG - Doghouse Roses (Scotia)
CARTHAGE - Dan Rauchwerk*
AULD LANG SYNE - Mindy Smith*
EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK - Ron Sexsmith (Canada) and Elvis Costello (Ulstèr/Albion/*)
HERE IN MY BED - Rachel Harrington*
SOMEBODY COULD BE ME - Kaz Murphy*
THE WAY THAT IT GOES - Hidden Stills (Eire)
MARY'S DREAM - Rant (Scotia) with (vocals) Ewan McLennan (Scotia)
BLAME IT ON THE DEVIL - The Lynnes (Canada)
EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT - Sam Lewis*
POEM AT YEAR'S END - Sofia Talvik (Konungariket Sverige/Deutschland)
LATE WINTER LIGHT - David Massey*
I CAN HEAR KENTUCKY CALLING ME - Felice and Boudleaux Bryant*
BLAIRGOWRIE TO BRAEMAR - instrumental - Callum Wood (Scotia)
THE GAEL - instrumental - The American Rogues (Canada/*)
AS THEY COME - Bill Price*
SONGBIRD OF CINCINNATI - Hatcheck Girl* featuring (vocals)
Annie Gallup
THE WEDDING SONG - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
WAKE ME - Cold Tone Harvest*
FROM THE VALLEY - instrumental - Joe Bonamassa*
WISHING WELL - Skipinnish (Scotia)
AFTER THE FACT - Citizen K aka Klas Qvist (Konungariket Sverige)
LONG SLOW TRAIN - Kate Campbell*
THE BEST MISTAKE I EVER MADE - Charlie Louvin*
SWEET CONFUSION - Kate Ferguson (Albion)
FALLING DOWN - Mark Harrison (Albion)
THE PARTING GLASS - Emily Smith (Scotia)
THE MUSIC O' SPEY - Alastair Savage (Scotia) on fiddle with Euan Drysdale (piano and guitar) and Iain Crawford (double bass)
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