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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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FOLKAL POINT - 370 - FEBRUARY 21/2019 (*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

THEY DON'T PLAY 'EM LIKE THAT - Richard Lynch*
I CRIED ALL THE WAY TO KENTUCKY - Alecia Nugent*
MANY HAPPY HANGOVERS TO YOU - Jason Ringenberg*, appearing live on March 28 at the Club Room, CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow for the Fallen Angels Club
SOMEWHERE ON THE VINE - Kerri Powers*
I'M JUST A CAT - Simon (Mills) & The Astronauts (Albion/Scotia)
WHEN WE STILL BELIEVED - Kirsten Jones (Canada) & Mitch Girio (Canada)
ROGER - instrumental - Innes Watson (Scotia)
A SONG FOR JACK BROWN - Luke Tuchscherer (*/Albion)
OPEN BOOK - King of Foxes (Canada)
COUNTRY ENOUGH - Wesley Dennis*
MEXICAN STAND-OFF - Kendel Carson (Canada) with Chip Taylor*
BREAKAWAY AT A TAKEAWAY - Skinner and T'Witch (Albion), appearing live on February 24 at Sweet Afton Water Music Circle, New Cumnock and Leith folk club on February 26. A couple more Scottish dates are set for the Leeds-based duo in late April
PSALM FOR SINNERS - Jon Magnusson (Konungariket Sverige)
NO STRINGS ATTACHED - Casey Weston* with Amber Carrington*
THE MINOR DRAG - instrumental - The California Feetwarmers*
WHISTLE OF A TRAIN - Carl Solomon*
SING ME A LANDSCAPE - Little Pink* featuring (lead vocals) Mary Battiata*
NE'ER DO WELL - Michael McDermott*
WISH I WERE ALONE TONIGHT - Danni Nichols (Albion)
I REALLY DON'T MISS YOU AT ALL - Whistler's Father*
COLD LIKE STONES - Coca Tenorio (Scotia/ República del Ecuador)
REASONS FOR LIVING - The Boxmasters*
DIED A LITTLE BIT - Missouri Mile*
MEXICO AGAIN - Beau Weevils* featuring Charlie Daniels (vocals, fiddle & guitar)
FLAPJACK - instrumental - Rudi Ekstein (*/Republik Österreich)
MY OLD VANCOUVER - Oh Susanna (Canada) a k a Suzie Ungerleider
TRYIN' TO LET HER - Ruston Kelly*
STEAL AWAY - Blind Willies*
GODSPEED - instrumental - Kristina Stykos*
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FOLKAL POINT - 369 - FEBRUARY 14/2019 For star-crossed lovers everywhere. (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 45th year - when it should really know better - is still produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

FOOL FOR LOVE - Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes (Australia)
LIVE, LOVE, CRY - The Marriage (Scotia/Albion)
ALWAYS - David Haerle*
I LIKE A HARD-HEARTED MAN - Kristina Stykos*
LOVE DON'T COME EASY - Luke Tushscherer (*/Albion)
THAT'S THE WAY IT IS ABOUT TRUE LOVE - Chip Taylor* and Kendel Carson (Canada)
COWGIRL'S LULLABY - Bob Livingston* with Kelley Mickwee*
BETSY BELLE - Kirsty Potts (Scotia) with Alison McMorland
DRIFTING BACK TO DREAMLAND - The California Feetwarmers*
THE ONLY ONE - April Verch Band (Canada) with Mac Wiseman*
UNDER THE BOWER - Copper Viper (Scotia/Albion)
THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS - Steph Cameron (Canada)
AT WINTER'S END - Imaginary Creatures (Scotia), with Iain McKinna (guitar/vocals), Wendy Weatherby and Ron Shaw (cellos) plus Simon Rennard (recorders)
HORIZONS: Jig à l'Horizon/ Le Rêve /Jig du Chemin Four - instrumentals - Vishtèn (Canada)
DUBLIN BLUES - Jarrod Dickenson*
WE WILL BE OKAY - Martha L Healy (Scotia)
DIAMOND AND THE GAMBLING MAN - Steve Bonham (Albion) and The Long Road
GRAIN BY GRAIN - Mark Mandeville* and Raianne Richards*
ANGELS IN THE SNOW - Hidden Agenda Deluxe (Netherlands) with Oh Susanna (Canada)
THE WISH - instrumental - The American Rogues (Canada/*)
LOVE ME A LITTLE BIT MORE - Heathcote Hill* featuring (lead vocals) Megan Porcaro Herspring
I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT ALL - Malford Milligan* and The Southern Aces
KATE, ARE YOU READY NOW? - West of Eden (Konungariket Sverige)
NOBLE HELEN OF CLUDEN - Claire Hastings (Scotia)
GREEN GROW THE RASHES - Alister McCulloch Trio (Scotia) featuring Aaron Jones on lead vocal, bouzouki and guitar
WAITING FOR THE BLOSSOMS - Oh Susanna (Canada)
COME WHAT MAY - Carl Solomon*
CALL ME DARLING - Dayna Kurtz*
KEEP THE FAITH, BABY - instrumental - Joel Schwelling*

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 then timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) plus a 10am - midday Friday repeat, then 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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FOLKAL POINT - 368 - FEBRUARY 7/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

NEVER LET THE OLD MAN IN - Whistler's Father* featuring Tim Bennett
WANDERING JEW - Sonia disappear fear (Rutstein)*
SNOWING ON RATON - Hidden Agenda Deluxe (Netherlands) with Oh Susanna (Canada) a k a Suzie Ungerleider
EARTH MAMA - Susan Shann*
TOM PAINE'S BONES - The Trials of Cato (Albion/Cymru).
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE - instrumental - Eddie Adcock* and Talk Of The Town
BURN THE MEADOW - Swampcandy*
FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND - Blackie Blue Bird (Kongeriget Danmark) a k a Heidi Lindahl (lead vocals) and composer Nils Larssen
HOUDINI - Troubaduo* a k a Jill Marie and Bryson Van Cleve
AGENTS OF CHANGE - Danny Schmidt* (who has three Scots gigs in May - of which more later)
GONNA SING, GONNA SHOUT - Claire Lynch*, Brandon Rickman, Jerry Salley and Josh Swift
THE RAVEN'S SONG - Rusty Shackle (Cymru)
EMPTY - Gráinne Holland (Ulstèr)
JESSIE, THE FLOO'ER O' DUNBLANE - The Tannahill Weavers (Scotia), appearing live on February 12 at the Star folk club, meeting downstairs at The Admiral, Waterloo Street, Glasgow
DAY TRIP - instrumental - John Blakeley* & Jeff Larson
EDGE OF A KNIFE - Tim Isberg (Canada)
HEAVEN'S BACK YARD - High Road*
WHO? - John Francis (O'Mara)*
SHINE ON HARVEST MOON - Ada Jane Jones (Albion) and Billy Murray* (originally recorded in 1909 on Edison wax cylinder)
WASTED MOMENTS - Gordie Tentrees (Canada) and Jaxon Haldane (Canada), appearing live on February 10 at the village hall, Coldingham, the Doublet, Park Road, Glasgow (Feb 11), the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee (Feb 12), the Tipsy Ghillie, Kelso (Feb 13), Bluebird Cafe, Edinburgh (Feb 14), Piggery-Smokery, Alford, Aberdeenshire (Feb 15), the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (Feb 16) and concluding this extensive Scots outing with a valedictory appearance at The Wee Gig, Arcadia Music Cafe, Biggar (South Lanarkshire) on February 17
LORD YESTER - Barbara Dymock and Christopher Marra (Scotia)
THE BANKS OF THE LIFFEY - The Brothers (Sam and James) Gillespie (Albion)
DON'T FEEL LIKE HOLDING ON - Rachel Croft (Albion)
I HAVE THE RIGHT - Clifton J Chenier*
EARTH ANGEL - Katy Guillen & The Girls*
FOOTHILL BOULEVARD - Rags & Bones, a k a Rags Rosenberg*
4 FOR THE GIRLS - Jess Klein*
ROWBOTHAM'S MAP - instrumental - West of Eden (Konungariket Sverige)
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FOLKAL POINT - 367 - JANUARY 31/2019 (*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

GOOD TO BE ALIVE - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band*
SAVAGE ON THE DOWNHILL - Amber Cross* has a couple of live Scots dates set for late April. Full details here nearer the time.
GETTING OVER YOU - Malford Milligan* & The Southern Aces
BEYOND THESE WALLS - Elizabeth Carlisle (*/Konungariket Sverige)
SEVEN SPANISH ANGELS - Jarrod Dickenson*
ROOM WITH A VIEW - King of Foxes (Canada) featuring (lead vocals) Olivia Street
A FEW THINGS RIGHT - Bob Livingston*
THERE WILL BE SINGING - The Cox Family*
OUT THERE - Ranagri (Albion/Eire)
WHEN WINTER COMES - Sofia Talvik (Deutschland/Konungariket Sverige)
I GOT DREAMS - The California Feetwarmers*
LUCKY STAR - Oh Susanna (Canada)
THE NEXT STATION IS... - Tannara (Scotia), appearing live in Glasgow on February 1 at the Royal Concert Hall to launch the quartet's second album, Strands
BORDER VIRGINIA REEL: The Border Rant/Waiting For The Federals/Roxburgh Castle & Levi Jackson Rag - instrumentals - The Gary Forrest Ceilidh Band (Scotia)
THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF - The Young 'Uns (Albion).Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes with their striking words and music charting one man’s survival through the Hungry Thirties on his native Teeside, via the battle of Cable Street against London fascists to the ranks of the British Battalion fighting the dictator Franco in the Spanish Civil War.
The full performance, a 90-minute theatrical experience, in which 16 original songs interweave with Johnny’s own voice against a backdrop of startling visuals, is being staged live by The Young ‘Uns At Glasgow’s Tron Theatre on February 1 and 2 at 8pm as part of Celtic Connections. The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff has already been seen in Hull, Manchester and both Ulster and Eire. The Young 'Uns continue with performances from Feb 3-9 in Sheffield, Bury St Edmunds, Wavendon, Yeovil, Middlesbrough and London.
Find out more at theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff
ONE HOUR MORE - instrumental - Rachel Newton (Scotia)

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 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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HOUR two of Folkal Point 367 (first Scottish transmission @10pm this Thursday, January 31) will showcase 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff', performed by The Young 'Uns from Stockton-on-Tees.
This touching and often hilarious musical adventure follows the footsteps of one working-class hero from their home town who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s.
The Teeside trio reveals the compelling story of one man’s real-life survival from begging for food on the streets of the north of England to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street.
The Young 'Uns (pictured below, right, by Mike Ainscoe) displaying confident and diverse story-telling skills, deftly interweave 16 specially-composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story that strikes a resounding chord today.
The full story unfolds as a rich and rewarding 90-minute theatrical experience which is being staged at Glasgow's Tron Theatre on February 1 and 2 as part of Celtic Connections.
Although Folkal Point will feature all of Sean Cooney's songs (as well as Alex McDade's The Valley of Jarama), and Johnny's archived voice (by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum), this is not an attempt to capture The Young 'Uns' live show in full, but rather to allow potential theatregoers to hear just what they're missing!
Find out more at theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff
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