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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.

Now in its 44th year, FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10.00pm – midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio (Sunday repeat, 10.00pm), 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 8.00pm – 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 is crafted by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street 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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FOLKAL POINT - 340 - JULY 26/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 44th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

THE HELM - Freevolt* featuring Michael Bernier
DIED A LITTLE BIT - Missouri Mile*
RAMBLIN' MAN - Nelson Brothers (Albion)
GOOD NEWS (The Siren Song) - Vanessa Peters* with Ice Cream on Mondays (Repubblica Italiana)
WORK, SLEEP, REPEAT - Ben Bostick*
DO YOUR DUTY - Rory Block*
A WILD ROSE - Gregory Page (Albion)
ORANGE MOON - Little Pink*
THE BALLAD OF ANNE BEVERLEY - Charlie Hole (Albion)
IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU - Raven and Red*
CARRY YOU - Alan Bonner (Albion) with Tracy Bruen (Eire)
MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MISSISSIPPI TOWN - Thea Hopkins*
IN A PERFECT WORLD - Ben Sures (Canada)
WELL DONE THE DANCERS: John MacFadyen of Melfort/Donald Maclellan of Rothesay - instrumental - Beinn Lee (Scotia), appearing live on August 24 at The Gig At The Gathering (the Ceilidh Tent, Dunoon Stadium), on a bill which also features Trail West (Scotia) and American Rogues (Canada/*)
DAM - Bobbo & Tracy Byrnes*
WOUND UP WOMAN - Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers*
SANDS OF TIME - Bay Station*
THERE YOU WERE - Rael aka Alan Weston (Scotia)
TAKE MY HAND - Skerryvore (Scotia)
SHINE - Jenn Butterworth (Scotia) and Laura-Beth Salter (Albion/Scotia), appearing live on July 31 at the Star Folk Club, The Admiral, Waterloo Street, Glasgow
DON'T YOU TAKE IT TOO BAD - Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes (Australia) with (guest vocals) Lindi Ortega (Canada/*)
GAVE AWAY - Whiskey Shivers*, appearing live on August 4 at Tartan Heart Festival, Belladrum, near Inverness
ALL I GOT - Carter Sampson*
TEARING ME IN TWO - I See Hawks in LA*, appearing live on August 2 and 3 at Tartan Heart Festival, Belladrum, near Inverness
TRAVELLIN' BONE - Mike & Amy Aiken*
CALAMITY JANE - Becky Buller* and Rhonda Vincent*
CARRY ON - Son Of The Velvet Rat (Republik Österreich/*)
DIFFERENT FROM YOU - Linda Saslove (Canada)
GORETREE - instrumental - Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton (Scotia)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM (the Uists and Benbecula) via An Reidio (Sunday repeat, 10pm), 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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LIVE music is again to be a big part of this year's Crieff
Highland Gathering with special international guest act
The American Rogues appearing live - a Scots concert
debut! - on August 19 in the Glenturret Tent, Market Park,
on a bill also featuring Ayr-born singer-songwriter Jamie
McGeechan (aka Little Fire) plus the folk-rocking
Journey North whose five members are variously
culled from Perthshire, Tayside and Fife.
Hear music by The Rogues in my Folkal Point programme
on a radio near you from next Thursday evening ahead
of the band's live Scottish debut . If you like what you hear and fancy experiencing it in person, be aware the group goes on to make a couple of live appearances in Dunoon on August 24 and 25 as part of this year's Cowal Highland Gathering's Ceilidh Tent attractions.
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WE have to hope that this blubbery
baby alter ego - with Twitter-
ready mobile in chubby hand - is the
closest the unwelcome D J T will ever
come to the Mother of Parliaments...
Care to share the image?
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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. ...

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