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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 – Music‘ for playlists, questions, comments and ‘likes’.

 

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FOLKAL POINT - 292 - AUGUST 24/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

COME INTO YOUR OWN - Sam Gleaves*
WHEN LOVE GOES RIGHT - Susan Cattaneo* & Bill Kirchen*
WE MOVE ON - Anders Osborne*
FIASCO - instrumental - Mànran (Scotia), topping the live music bill on August 26 in the Ceilidh Tent at Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon, with (from midday) Heron Valley, Ho-Ro & Eriskay Lilt in support. At the previous evening's sold-out Gig At The Gathering (same venue, from 7pm in the Black Park) Scots four-piece Tide Lines debuts in the headline slot with support from Strachur's Heron Valley plus nine-piece Glasgow-Dunoon collective, Trongate Rum Riots
WATCHING THE DARK - Ciara Sidine (Eire)
SIR ALEXANDER LESLIE - Bob Leslie (Scotia)
LONELY - Ashley Riley*
TROUBLE IN MY HEAD - Jesse Terry*, appearing live in Glasgow & Edinburgh in October - full details nearer the time
BY NOW - Hafdis Huld (island)
40 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS - Bruce Cockburn (Canada) and featuring the San Francisco Lighthouse Chorus*
STATE OF GROOVE - Mama Spanx*
SUGAR ISLAND - The Four Of Us (Ulstèr)
EDEN - Amanda Anne Platt* & The Honeycutters*
JUST PICKIN' - instrumental - Sleepy LaBeef*
GOOD LUCK CHARM - Pokey LaFarge*
LOOK OVER THE HILLS & FAR AWAY- Shelagh McDonald (Scotia)
DON'T LOOK BACK - Eckhardt & The House (Netherlands), aka producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dramatist and actor Rik Elstgeest
BACK TO THE SOURCE - Miranda Lee Richards, appearing live with fellow Californians GospelbeacH on August 25 at Mono, King's Court, Glasgow
DUBLIN'S LAST HERO - Paddy Murphy (Republik Österreich)
ARMS OF SOMETHING WILD - Carrie Cunningham*
YOURS FOR LIFE - Kaurna Cronin (Australia)
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER - Sheryl Crow*
CRIES OF SHADOWS - Danny Schmidt*
LADY MARY RAMSEY - instrumental - Amy Henderson (Scotia)
COUNTRY LIVING - Bobby Rue*
CHASING DAYLIGHT - instrumental - Mànran (Scotia), live (August 26) in the Ceilidh Tent at Cowal Highland Gathering with (from noon) Heron Valley, Ho-Ro & Eriskay Lilt in support. At the previous evening's (now sold-out) Gig At The Gathering (same venue, from 7pm in the Black Park) Scots four-piece Tide Lines debuts in the headline slot with support from Strachur's Heron Valley plus nine-piece Glasgow-Dunoon collective, Trongate Rum Riots
WITH YOU - Coconut Radio*
TO MEND & MOVE ALONG - Iain Archer (Ulstèr)
YOU DON'T KNOW HIM THE WAY I DO - Heather Pierson*
FAR FROM HOME - Angelo Melasecca*
CORPORAL HARE OF THE ROYAL MARINES/THE DIAMOND SPECIAL - instrumental - fiddler Paul Anderson (Scotia) with James Gorgon (percussion)

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, 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 created by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
See www.folkalpoint.scot for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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WE'RE just a week away from an
exciting afternoon of high-energy
live music in the Ceilidh Tent at this
year's Cowal Highland Gathering in
Dunoon stadium. Topping the bill
next Saturday is Mànran - photographed
in sultry monochrome by Euan Robertson
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FOLKAL POINT - 291 - AUGUST 17/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

JUMP IN THE WATER - The 19th Street Band (Ulstèr/*)
IS IT BETTER? - Hafdis Huld (Island)
TRY TO FORGET- Willy Porter*, appearing live on August 18 at the Wee Gig, Abington, South Lanarkshire
EL TESTIGO (The Witness) - Coca Tenorio (República del Ecuador/Scotia)
THE VIEW FROM THE MOUNTAIN - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
TWA RECRUITING SERGEANTS - Auld Hats New Heids (Scotia)
ASHES & SEEDS - Miranda Lee Richards, appearing live on August 25 with fellow Californians GospelbeacH at Mono, King's Court, Glasgow
NO MAN'S LAND - Buford Pope (Konungariket Sverige)
IN THE VALLEY - Annie Keating*
ONLY YOU - Big Sadie*
ALONE - Mànran (Scotia), topping the bill in the Ceilidh Tent at the Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon, on August 26 with support (from midday) from local heroes Heron Valley, Ho-Ro & Eriskay Lilt. At the previous evening's Gig At The Gathering (same venue, from 7pm in the Black Park) headlining act is four-piece Tide Lines – fronted by Lochaber's Robert Robertson (remember him from Skipinnish?), Ross Wilson from Mull, Alasdair Turner from Alness and Fergus Munro from Glasgow, with Strachur's Heron Valley plus the nine-piece Glasgow-Dunoon collective, Trongate Rum Riots promising strong support
FARE THEE WELL - instrumental - Sharon Shannon (Eire) with the Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) Concert Orchestra
THE PRESENCE - Saskia Griffiths-Moore (Albion)
THE KING OF THE FAIRIES - The Laggan (Scotia)
SHINE YOUR LOVE - Kathryn Shipley*
BUFFALO NICKELS - C Daniel Boling*
HOKEY POKEY (The Ice Cream Song) - Richard & Linda Thompson (Albion/Scotia/*)
KATMANDU - Walter Lathouwers, Bart Barbier & An Cornillie (België)
WATCH IT FALL - Joseph Eid*
ONE NOTCH TIGHTER - Nora Jane Struthers*
WHATEVER IT TAKES - The Wynntown Marshalls (Scotia)
NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT -Heather Pierson*
LOVES ME TO LIFE - Jon Strider*
WILDFIRE - Elles Bailey (Albion)
WAITING IN THE DARK - David Starr*
7TH RAY - Miranda Lee Richards, appearing live on August 25 with fellow Californians GospelbeacH at Mono, King's Court, Glasgow
NO ANCHOVIES PLEASE - J Geils Band*
YOU HAVE GOT EACH OTHER - Amelia Curran (Canada)
ANNI'S ORCHARD - instrumental - Big Sadie*
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FOLKAL POINT - 290 - AUGUST 10/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

WAYWARD LADY USA - Will T Massey* with Rosie Flores*
TURN BACK TIME - Janet Martin*
THE THINGS THAT MATTER - The 19th Street Band (Ulstèr/*)
LONELY HEARTS - Richard & Linda Thompson (Albion/Scotia/*)
ITALIAN DREAMS - Robb Murphy (Ulstèr)
THE COLD OF THE NIGHT - Russell Joslin (Albion) with Sarah McCaig (Albion)
ANOTHER WORLD - Miranda Lee Richards*, appearing live in Glasgow on August 25 with fellow Californians GospelbeacH at Mono, King's Court
SILENT MOVIE - Pokey LaFarge*
WHEN HALLEY CAME TO JACKSON - Emmylou Harris*
SUMMER LOVE - Smisch (Konungariket Sverige)
CHANATE EL VAQUERO - Tish Hinojosa*
THE ROBIN 'S RETURN - instrumental - Neville Dickie (Albion)
VULTURES & WEASLES (sic) - Junk Parlour*
POSTPONE - When Rivers Meet (Albion)
NO GODDESS - Brendan* (Shea) & The Strangest Ways*
BEEN SO LONG - Melanie Peterson (Canada)
CRY ON THE FLOWERS - Danny Schmidt* with Carrie Elkin *
BARCELONA - Clarence Buscardo*
COLD - Sophia Imas (Canada/Россия/ישראל/Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία)
21 SECONDS - Ben Draiman (ישראל)
SPEKE ROAD GARDENS - Yvonne Lyon (Scotia)
BROKEN WITH YOU - Lynne Hanson (Canada)
I ALWAYS WILL - Rab Noakes (Scotia), appearing live at the Fraser Centre, Milngavie on August 12 and on August 13 at the Festival Theatre, Pitlochry, with Barbara Dickson
THE HAND BOOK - Amanda Anne Platt* & The Honeycutters, appearing live at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, on August 11
THE HOBO SONG - Nothin' Fancy*
CASCADA - instrumental - Claudia Morato (República del Paraguay/ Tetã Paraguái)
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Scotland's mighty Mànran - pictured in concert (though not at Dunoon!) will be topping the bill in the Ceilidh Tent at the Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon, on August 26 with support (midday onwards) from local heroes Heron Valley, Ho-Ro & Eriskay Lilt. At the previous evening's Gig At The Gathering (same venue, from 7pm in the Black Park) headlining act is four-piece Tide Lines – fronted by Lochaber's Robert Robertson (remember him from Skipinnish?), Ross Wilson from Mull, Alasdair Turner from Alness and Fergus Munro from Glasgow, with Strachur's Heron Valley plus the nine-piece Glasgow-Dunoon collective, Trongate Rum Riots promising strong support. ...

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