Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald


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.


60 North Radio From Shetland is adding Folkal Point to its programming from next Thursday at 10pm, and there’s to be a regular Saturday night repeat as well!  Find out more online about 60north.radio and perhaps also investigate the intriguing parallel range of live webcams offering unique insights into diverse aspects of this unique subarctic archipelago of peace, pure air and wide open spaces.

FOLKAL POINT – 387 – JUNE 20/2019     (*American artistes)

Folkal Point, 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


TREE OF LIFE – Mara Levine* with Ed Trickett (hammered dulcimer) and Caroline Cutroneo (harmony vocals)

DEAREST NANCY – Gavin Livingstone (Albion)

THE TRAIN – Ingrid Nomad (België)

BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS – Junior (Harry) Sisk* with Heather Berry Mabe*

PICTURES ON THE WALL – Jordi Baizan* with Libby Koch* (harmony vocals)  and Rich Brotherton* (mandolin)


NINETY NINE – Buford Pope (Konungariket Sverige)

AHEAD OF MYSELF – Mo Kenney (Canada), appearing live on August 4 at the Hug & Pint, Great Western Road (St George’s Cross), Glasgow


MOUNTAIN – Kayam, aka Kim & Mark Rauss (Deutschland)

CHARIOTEER – Ajay Srivastav (Albion)

SEASONG – Keltrix (Albion) featuring Keri Kel and Sharon Decibelle Suillivan

CHEZ SEYCHELLES – instrumental – Beausoleil*

CRAZY MAN – Richard Lynch*

I WOKE UP MISSING YOU SO BAD – Kendel Carson (Canada) and Chip Taylor*

MY DEAR – Tommy Jones and The Troubadors (Albion)

GOLD WATCH AND CHAIN – Eddie and Martha Adcock* with Talk of The Town

GEORGIA TWIST – T J (Tony Joseph) Sparks*

SHADOWLAND – Anna Tivel*

DREAMS – Turbo Widget*, aka Ben and Kim Hanvy

HEAVY – The Whispering Tree* featuring Eleanor Kleiner (lead vocals and piano and Elie Brangbour (France)

BACK IN THE HIGHLANDS – Dave Rosewood (Konungariket Sverige/*)


LIGHTHOUSE – No Coward Soul (Albion/*), appearing at next month’s Maverick Festival in Suffolk which runs from July 5-7 at Easton Farm Park IP13 0EQ

THE ROAD – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia), also appearing at Maverick (maverickfestival.co.uk) which features such other Folkal Point favourites as the Black Feathers (Albion), Dana Immanuel, (Albion),  Hannah Aldridge,* Rachel Harrington* and the Resonant Rogues*

BAD GIRL, GOOD WOMAN – Auburn* featuring Liz Lenten

WISHING WELL – Mark Rogers*

FRANX –  instrumental – Henrik Cederblom (Konungariket Sverige) on guitars with Sten Källman (saxophones and percussion)


FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm – midnight)  across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online*, to Renfrewshire by Paisley FM107.5, (and DAB) and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 FM, 106.6 FM and online.

Folkal Point timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11pm – 1am) with a 10.00am – midday Friday repeat, 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.

60 North Radio transmits online from Shetland Thursday at 10pm and has a Saturday repeat between 9-11pm and listeners across Cowal have a second chance to catch the programme on DCR between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.

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