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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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FOLK-BALLAD opera Rouse Ye Women: Mary MacArthur and the Women Chainmakers reaches Scotland next week for three performances in Glasgow, Birnam and Edinburgh.
Bryony Purdue (pictured left below, by Mic Lowe, copyright May 13 Media) and Rowan Godel have powerful acting and singing roles in this melodious early expression of girl power.
The show, co-written by actor-singer Neil Gore (who also appears on stage) and veteran folk musician John Kirkpatrick (who doesn't!) centres on the 1910 strike for a living wage by women workers in the Midlands.
Their protest exposed England’s "home-working sweated industries" typified by the chainmakers of Cradley Heath.
whose 50-hour week hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes earned them just 25 each.
Charismatic union organiser and campaigner Mary Reid MacArthur (Purdue) led hundreds of these exploited women into a ten-week strike that more than doubled their earnings and helped bring about the idea (if not quite then the reality of a national minimum wage.
The Townsend Theatre production opens at Glasgow's John Smith House (145 West Regent Street) on March 27, plays Birnam Arts, Station Road in the Perthshire village (March 28) and concludes its Scots run on March 29 at North Edinburgh Arts, Pennywell Court (Google has it wrong!) in the capital's West Pilton district.
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SCOTS audiences - as Folkal Point listeners already know - can catch up next week with live performances of the folk-ballad opera, Rouse Ye Women: Mary MacArthur and the Women Chainmakers.
They've already heard a flavour of the show's words and music by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick, from actor-singers Bryony Purdue and Rowan Godel (copyright picture by Mic Lowe May Thirteen Media).
Rouse ye Women is about the 1910 strike for a living wage by brutally-exploited women workers in the Midlands. Their protest focused world attention on the horrors of England’s "home-working sweated industries" typified by the grim circumstances of the chainmakers of Cradeley Heath.
They endured a debilitating 50-hour week hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes, and all for the insulting equivalent of just 25p.
Then their cause was taken up by charismatic union organiser and campaigner Mary Reid MacArthur...
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FOLKAL POINT - 374 - MARCH 21/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

WELCOME addition to Scottish airwaves!

Community broadcaster Paisley FM 107.5 on Monday launched its regular round-the-clock programming to the towns and villages of Renfrewshire. Ofcom-licensed, it’s the first locally-based station serving the county since Q96 Radio ceased broadcasting in 2006

LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Chip Taylor* with guitarist John Platania*
HURRY UP – Good Lovelies (Canada), appearing live on April 14 with The Fortunate Ones (Canada) at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, for the Fallen Angels club
WHERE IS THE LIGHT? – Peter Lawlor*
SHINE – Screaming Orphans (Eire/*)
EVERY BARTENDER IN TOWN KNOWS MY NAME – Frank Migliorelli* & The Dirt Nappers
LEMONADE – Danni Nicholls (Albion/*), appearing live on April 16 at the Gilded Balloon (basement), Rose Street, Edinburgh, and on April 17 with Martha L Healy (Scotia) at The Admiral, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, for the Fallen Angels Club
WHEN JESUS SWINGS THE WRECKING BALL – Alan Bibey* & Grasstowne
SPANISH LADIES - The Meadows (Cymru)
THE MOON DRIPS - Noctorum (Albion)
TRADE BOARD - Bryony Purdue (Albion) with Neil Gore (Albion) plus Rowan Godel (Albion) and a triumphant song from Neil and John Kirkpatrick's folk-ballad opera Rouse Ye Women: Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers which plays Glasgow (March 27) at John Smith House,145 West Regent Street. A second Scots staging, the following evening, is at Birnam Arts, Station Road in the Perthshire village. Then the company returns to the central belt for its March 29 performance at North Edinburgh Arts, Pennywell Court in the capital's West Pilton district
SUCH IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN - Chris Hillman*
STONEHEART - Jenny Quirk (Ellan Vannin)
FRESH OUT - Christone Kingfish Ingram* & Buddy Guy*
TOM IN THE FRONT - instrumental - Peatbog Faeries (Scotia), appearing live on March 27 at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
BLOOM IN THE SEEDS - The Appalucians*
STEP BY STEP - The Jasmine Minks (Scotia)
BLUEGRASS RADIO - Irene Kelley*
BACK TO YOU - T J Sparks*
SPREAD YOUR WINGS - Heaven's Wings (Österreich) featuring (lead vocals) Kathi Loizenbauer with Charly Mo's tribute to his cancer-victim nephew
BRIGHT-EYED WOMAN - Eric Mercury (Canada/*)
NOT THE ONLY FOOL IN TOWN - Dayna Kurtz*
CRAZY LOVE - Dan Krikorian*
WORDS WE MEAN - Annie Oakley*
I CAN'T FIX YOU - Michael Weiskopf*
THE MOORLOUGH SHORE - Celtic Woman (Eire), featuring Éabha McMahon on lead vocal
BOUNDARIES - Charlie Hole (Albion)
GIVE MY HEART A HOME - Melanie Dekker (Canada)
I'M WALKING HOME - Jason Ringenberg*, appearing live on March 28 in the club room at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, for the Fallen Angels club
THE FAKIR - instrumental - Davey Graham (Scotia/Albion) with percussionist Barry Morgan (Albion) who went on to become drummer with Blue Mink!

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 timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) with a 10am - midday Friday repeat, a Friday 10pm slot on Paisley FM 107.5, then Saturdays (10pm-midnight) on 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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RADIO for Renfrewshire becomes a reality tomorrow with the low-key launch of regular programming on Paisley FM 107.5.
The new station is licensed by Ofcom to serve the communities of Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone plus surrounding rural parts of the county.
That’s a potential audience of 174,560 listeners – the total population of Renfrewshire Council local government authority area.
Test transmissions underway since December from a transmitter site close to Cathkin Braes, prompted encouraging reception reports.
Primary indoor reception area is south and east Glasgow, to the north of the city towards Bishopbriggs and east towards Uddingston and Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, plus Cambuslang and Rutherglen.
A second transmitter will come on-air this month to improve reception in Glasgow city centre and to the west and south west of Glasgow as far as Renfrew and parts of Paisley.
Paisley FM 107.5 is also broadcasting on DAB+ Block 10B frequency 211.648 MHz from its studio base at Paisley Grammar School. Veteran broadcasters lending support – and their programmes – to the new station include Renfrewshire radio veteran Bill Black, and one-time Q96 stalwart Mike Marwick.
Oh, and there's a nod to the past with an ear to the future. Some 45 years ago when another new radio station burst upon west of Scotland airwaves​ its schedule ​included a ​laid-back, late-night folk-to-rock show. ​​
History repeats itself as Paisley FM 107.5 continues the tradition with another radio veteran, Colin MacDonald hosting Friday night editions (10pm-midnight) of his​ long-lived Folkal Point programme​.
After ​lengthy globetrotting ​years overseas with the British Forces Broadcasting Service - which followed ​a ten-year stint with Radio Clyde - the bearded broadcaster ​still ​attracts​ a global ​following.
His weekly two-hour Folkal Point programmes ​are syndicated​ around the world by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada​ -​ ​as well as ​being aired by ​a string of ​Scottish ​community ​radio ​stations​.
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