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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 - 313 - JANUARY 18/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

SILENCE AND SOUND - Cormac O'Caoimh (Eire)
GREATEST ONES ALIVE - Sarah MacDougall (Konungariket Sverige/Canada)
WE ALL LIVE ON - Rod Picott*, appearing live in Glasgow and Kinross in late March - fuller details here nearer the time!
MEXICO - Beth Wimmer*
SMALL-TOWN BLUES - Rob Heron & The TeaPad Orchestra (Albion)
CRY OF THE ECHO DRIFTER - Corinne West*
MAN OF THE WORLD - Fleetwood Mac (Albion)
SIGNS OF LIFE - Hilhar ((ישראל)
ST PETER'S GATE - Winter Wilson (Albion)
THE DAY THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN - Rupert Wates (Albion/Canada/*)
HENRY MARTIN - Wilde Roses (Albion)
CLOUDS ABOVE - Raymond Gonzalez*
WHAT HAPPENED? - Melanie Edwards*
HAUNTED BY ME - Whitherward*
MARCHES composed by James Scott Skinner: PROFESSOR BLACKIE/EDINBURGH CASTLE - instrumental - David Halcrow Band (Scotia)
I MEANT TO - Ground Level Falcons (Canada)
JANUARY BLUE - Rose Room (Scotia), featuring Seonaid Aitken(fiddle and vocals)
EIGHT MORE MILES TO LOUISVILLE - Mac Wiseman*
WON'T YOU COME ON IN? - Zoe Mulford (*/Albion)
GREEN LIGHTS ALL THE WAY - Norman Lamont & Heaven Sent (Scotia)
SWEET DAMNATION - Kyle Carey(*/Canada/Scotia)
DON'T LOOK BACK - Eckhardt & The House (Netherlands)
HONEST JOHN - Paula Ryan (Eire)
STATE OF MIND - Chase Walker Band*
MIDNIGHT - Emily Herring*
SHE'S GONE, GONE, GONE - J D Crowe & The New South*
I REMEMBER WHEN YOU USED TO LOVE ME - Brandy Zdan (Canada)
THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY - The Time Jumpers*
THE CROW'S VISIT - instrumental - String Sisters (Scotia/Eire/*/Konungariket Sverige/ Kongeriket Norge), appearing for Celtic Connections** on January 20 with 'Scotland's Wild Heart', in the main auditorium at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

**celticconnections.com for the complete programme details of the 25th festival, running from tonight (January 18) until February 4.

NOW in its 44th year, 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. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. 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 produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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FOLKAL POINT - 312 - JANUARY 11/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)
THE DAY THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN - Rupert Wates (Albion/*/Canada)
STRANGENESS OF THE DAY - Katy Campbell*
THE VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
GRATEFUL FOR THE RAIN (Billy Boy) - Winter Wilson (Albion)
SNAKES & LADDERS - Chris Rogers (Scotia)
THE JANUARY GIRL - The Foxglove Trio (Cymru/Albion)
TROUBLE LIKE THIS - Rick Shea & The Losin' End*
DON'T BLAME ME - Miss Tess & The Talkbacks*
SHE - Smisch (Konungariket Sverige)
THE OTHER MAN - Cua (Eire), featuring John Davidson (Scotia) on lead vocal
CARNIVAL OF HOPES - Jane Kramer*
A FLOOD ON OUR HANDS - Joe Ely*
JUST FOR TODAY - Annie Keating*
(Even A Clown Should Know) WHEN THE CIRCUS ENDS - Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers*
DR JAMES DONALDSON/WEE MAN FROM SKYE - instrumental -
The Alan Crookston Ceilidh Band (Scotia)
WHEN YOU GO - Mànran (Scotia)
BUSCANDO POR TI (Searching For You) - Brandy De Leon*
AN EYE FOR AN EYE - The Vagaband (Albion), featuring Jose McGill on lead vocal
MY OLD FRIEND THE BLUES - Eddi Reader (Scotia)
TROTTO - instrumental - String Sisters (Scotia/Eire/*/Konungariket Sverige/ Kongeriket Norge), appearing for Celtic Connections** on January 20 with 'Scotland's Wild Heart', in the main auditorium at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
LOVE OF MY LIFE - Paddy Murphy (Republik Österreich)
CRACKED & BROKEN - Lynn Miles (Canada)
DAYS END - The Stoned Cherries (Albion)
LET THE RAIN FALL - Ciara Sidine (Eire)
ANNIE ROSE - Craig Cassler*
BROTHERS IN ARMS - Low Lily*, appearing for Celtic Connections** on February 2 at the National Piping Centre, McQuater Street, Glasgow, and St Andrew's In The Square, Saltmarket, Glasgow, on February 3
IT MIGHT BE LOVE - Zachary Richard*
MOSCOW RUSH - instrumental - Chris Stout & Catriona McKay (Scotia), appearing on January 19 for Celtic Connections**, with King Creosote (Scotia), plus the contemporary Scottish Ensemble and special guests including Brazilian vocalist and body percussionist Marcelo Preto, in the main auditorium of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall

**celticconnections.com for the complete programme details of the 25th festival, running from January 18 to February 4.

NOW in its 44th year, 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. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. 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 produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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FOLKAL POINT - 311 - JANUARY 4/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

DON'T WORRY - Adam Holmes & The Embers (Scotia)
WHEN YOU NEED A TRAIN IT NEVER COMES - Amanda Shires*
THE LOVE THAT WE GIVE - Keegan Mcinroe*
PRINCESS OF THE PRAIRIE - Carly Ritter*
THERE'S ONLY YOU - Lennart Dahlberg (Konungariket Sverige) with harmony vocals by Pearl (whose surname has been withheld by forces beyond FP's fiefdom. Or maybe it's a Scandi tax thing?)
INVIERNO (Winter) - instrumental - Sebastián Caldas Zeballos, with Ismael Bértola (República Oriental del Uruguay/Konungariket Sverige)
BORN TO BE BLIND - Willie Campbell & The Open Day Rotation (Scotia)
YES - Kimmie Rhodes*
GOD'S BUSY CHANGING STRINGS - Rowland Jones (Cymru/Albion)
LOOKING ELSEWHERE - The Foxglove Trio (Cymru/Albion)
SWEET LITTLE MAMA - Rick Shea & The Losin' End*
WINGS - Kate Ferguson (Albion)
THE LETTER - Todd Kessler*
MI SUENO, MI DOLOR (My Dream, My Sadness) - instrumental - Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst*
THE OTHER MAN - Cua (Eire), featuring John Davidson (Scotia) on lead vocal
CONSTANT LOVERS - Maz O'Connor (Albion)
PIECE OF GROUND - Bill Feehely*
SOUL MINE - Gasoline Lollipops, aka Clay Rose*
BLUES FOR MAGIC SAM - instrumental - Ronnie Earl* & The Broadcasters
TEN YEARS - King Heat Ensemble (Albion)
IT'S MIGHTY HARD - Katie Webster*
RIGHT AMOUNT OF WRONG - Matt Westin*
LEARNED FROM THE SKY - Lauren Barth*
WALKING THROUGH YOUR TOWN IN THE SNOW - Robert Rex Waller Junior*
SNOWBOUND - Susanna Rose*
OUR LAST GOODBYE - Adrian Nation (Albion)
TEXOMA BOUND - instrumental - Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers*

NOW in its 44th year, 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. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. 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 produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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FOLKAL POINT - 310 - DECEMBER 28/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

(Even A Clown Should Know) WHEN THE CIRCUS ENDS - Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers*
SAVE YOUR LOVE - Carly Ritter*
DOON IN THE WEE ROOM/THE GALLOWA' HILLS - Auld Hat New Heids (Scotia)
WINTER CAN WAIT - Kate Ferguson (Albion)
SWEET LITTLE DARLING OF MINE - Zachary Richard*
WEARY BLUES FROM WAITING - Wailin' Jennys (Canada/*)
GOT A LITTLE CORNER - Rick Drost*
(The Whole Wide World Is Going To Hell And) THIS IS WHY WE DRINK - Miss Scarlett (aka Danielle French) & The Madmen (Canada)
THE OTHER MAN - Cua (Eire) featuring John Davidson (Scotia) on lead vocal
SONGS OF OLD - Maz O'Connor (Albion)
THE HIGH ROAD O'ER THE BORDER - Roddy Matthews (Scotia) & Friends, featuring Daniel McPhee (Scotia) on lead vocal. This is the title track of an album from whose sale ALL proceeds will be donated to Maggie's Cancer Care Charity
CALL ME HOME - (Christina) Alden, (Alex) Patterson & (Noel) Dashwood (Albion)
ROLL ON DARK WATER - Chris Rogers (Scotia)
NEW YEAR'S DAY - Mary Chapin Carpenter*
PIPER TO THE END - instrumental - Alan Crookston Ceilidh Band (Scotia)
WELCOME IN ANOTHER YEAR - Johnny Coppin (Albion)
FAST-PACED WORLD - The Duhks (Canada)
WEE LANTERNS OF SNOW - Rambling Nicholas Heron, aka Niklas Hedström (Konungariket Sverige)
THE HEROES OF VITTORIA/THE BALL THAT WAS IN OBAN/ TWO BULLS IN THE COCKLOFT - instrumental - Sileas Sinclair, Finlay Wells, Lorne MacDougall, Archie McAllister & Angus MacColl (Scotia)
RAILROAD LADY - J D Crowe & The New South*
NEW YEAR'S RAG - Doghouse Roses (Scotia)
MORNING IN MONTANA - Scott Kirby*
THE OPEN DOOR - Mànran (Scotia)
THE OLD MAN WAS A SEADOG - Winter Wilson (Albion)
LITTLE WHEEL SPIN AND SPIN - Buffy St-Marie (Canada/*)
THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS A SECRET - Aaron English*
THE BIRD IN THE BUSH - Said The Maiden (Albion)
THE PARTING GLASS - The High Kings (Eire)
NE'ER DAY - instrumental - Paul Tasker (Scotia)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in 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. 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 still solely curated - 44 years down the line - by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow. Just when we both thought the age of miracles was long gone...
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FOLKAL POINT - 309 - DECEMBER 21/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

CHRISTMAS IS CALLING - Julia P Hersheimer (Netherlands)
CHRISTMAS DAY - Kenny White*
THERE'S MAGIC IN CHRISTMAS DAY - Tanya Brittain (Albion)
REJOICE (O COME EMMANUEL) - Eddy Mann*
LITTLE BLUE GIRL - Nina Simone*
THE 12 DAYS OF COWBOY CHRISTMAS - Riders In The Sky*
CHRISTMAS ON THE TRAIN - Annie Gallup*
JUST LIKE JESUS - Brett Perkins & The Pawnshop Preachers*
THE WINTER WIND - Marina Florance (Albion)
LIMPING DOVE - Kaurna Cronin (Australia)
THE FIRST NOEL - instrumental - Jerry Douglas*
CHRISTMAS 1914 - Keegan Mcinroe*
THE SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS - Jeff Talmadge*
GIVING YOU ME FOR CHRISTMAS - Laura Cheadle*
I DON'T WANT AN iPAD - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
A CONNEMARA CHRISTMAS - instrumental - Johnny Coppin (Albion)
FORGOTTEN MAN - The Stoned Cherries (Albion)
TO THE ANGELS OUT THERE - Rebecca Hosking*
SILENT NIGHT - sung in Cornish - Sam Kelly (Albion)
DARK ANGEL - Gretchen Peters* with Rodney Crowell*
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TONIGHT? - Paul Kamm* with Eleanore MacDonald & Shelby Snow
CHRISTMAS DAY - Howard Simon*
THE HOLLY & THE IVY - Kate O'Callaghan (Eire)
SAILING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - Paddy Murphy (Republik Österreich)
SANTA WILL FIND YOU - Phil Cunningham's Christmas (Scotia) featuring Eddi Reader (Scotia)
CHRISTMAS ROSES - Hatcheck Girl* featuring Peter Galway*
I CHOSE YOU - Margie Singleton*
GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN - Johnny Coppin (Albion)
NEVER GONNA BREAK MY FAITH - Ronnie Earl* & The Broadcasters featuring Diane Blue (vocal)
I WON'T BE HOME THIS CHRISTMAS - Citizen K, aka Klas Qvist (Konungariket Sverige)
O BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM - instrumental - Jerry Douglas*
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