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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, 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.

DCR offers a repeat between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.

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 - 379 - APRIL 25/2019 (*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

AIN'T NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT - Junior (Harry) Sisk*
HOMELAND - Celtic Woman (Eire)
CASTLES - Ad Vanderveen (Netherlands/*)
ALREADY HOME - Alecia Nugent*
TO ALTHEA FROM PRISON - Fairport Convention (Albion/*/Australia) with the late Dave Swarbrick's 1973 setting of a 17th-century poem penned by Colonel Richard Lovelace in 1642 during his sojourn as a political prisoner in the Tower of London
THE KNIGHT'S GHOST - Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (Albion), appearing live on April 27 at St Boswell's Live and on April 28 at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen
ONLY HERE - Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers*
TOUGHER THAN I SEEM - Jess Klein*, appearing live on April 30 with guitarist Mike June (her husband)! at Leith Depot on Edinburgh's Leith Walk, The Doublet, Park Road, Glasgow on May 1 - with Amelia White* - and (May 2) Montrose folk club meeting at the Links Hotel
LOVE IS - Blue Rose Code featuring Ross Wilson (Scotia)
EMPTY - Gráinne Holland (Ulstèr)
MAYBE MAYBELLINE - The Feralings*
ONE LAST LOOK - Amber Cross*, making her live Scots debut on April 25 - with husband James Moore on guitar and mandolin - at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, and Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh on April 26
AMBER LIGHT - Copper Viper (Albion/Scotia)
BONNIE PIT LADDIE/LADS OF ALNWICK - instrumental - Kathryn Tickell (Albion)
OH NO MORE - Dave Rosewood (*/Konungariket Sverige)
TRUE LOVE - Catherine MacLellan (Canada)
LIFE IS ELSEWHERE - Chris Cleverley (Albion), appearing live at Partick folk club on May 31 and Dunfermline folk club on June 5
SIT DOWN TOGETHER - Corrie Shelley (Albion) with Bob Kettle (Albion) of Merry Hell
END OF THE LINE - DocFell & Co*
LIKE TURNER STUDIED CLOUDS - The Alvarez Theory (Albion) featuring (lead vocal) Diana-Maria Diehl (España/Deutchland/Albion)
THE BLACK DRESS - Grant Peeples* and The Peeples' Republic*
ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE - Ida Wenøe (Kongeriget Danmark)
NEWPORT '65 - Danny Schmidt*, appearing live on May 6 at String Theory, Heart of Hawick, on May 8 - with Scotland's Elaine Lennon - at the Glad Cafe, Shawlands Cross, Glasgow, for the Fallen Angels club, and The Wee Gig, Carlisle Road, Abington on May 9
SPLIT IN HALF - The Whispering Tree* featuring Eleanor Kleiner* and Elie Brangbour (France)
THE BANKS OF THE LIFFEY - The Brothers (Sam and James) Gillespie (Albion), appearing live on April 28 at Leith Depot, Leith Walk, Edinburgh
DEAR HOMETOWN - Tamara Stewart (Australia/*)
SOFT STEEL PISTON - instrumental - HowellDevine* (Joshua and Pete!)

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 FM 107.5, (with DAB+ to greater Glasgow) 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, 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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FOLKAL POINT - 378 - APRIL 18/2019 (*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

BLOOD UNDER THE BRIDGE – BlackieBlueBird (Kongeriget Danmark) featuring Heidi Lindahl (lead vocals) and Nils Lassen
GUITAR, SUITCASE AND A BIBLE – Nothin’ Fancy*
I CHOSE YOU – Margie Singleton*
THERE IS A LIGHT – Dave Adkins*
GO WISELY – Eddi Reader (Scotia), appearing live in concert on April 18 at Motherwell Theatre, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock (April 19), Music Hall, Aberdeen (April 20), Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on April 21, Gardyne Theatre, Dundee (April 23), Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy (April 24), Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (April 25) and Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on April 26
ALWAYS WRITE IN BLUE - Osborne Jones (Albion/*)
THE QUESTION - Anna Tivel*
BUT THINKING MAKES IT SO - Chris Cleverley (Albion)
WAITING FOR DREAMS - Kendel Carson (Canada) and Chip Taylor*
DEAR JUDAS - Grant Peeples*
TALK ABOUT SUFFERING - Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice*
ROLLING SHORES OF ENGLAND - Odette Michell (Albion)
BACK WHEN I WAS DRINKING - Police Dog Hogan*
JUKE JOINT ON MOSES LANE - Fiona Boyes (Australia)
RULE OF THREE - instrumental - The Drystones (Albion)
HOLDING TO THE RIGHT HAND - Lonesome River Band*
BELLS - The Whispering Tree* featuring (lead vocals) Eleanor Kleiner and Elie Brangbour (France)
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE - Ultan Conlon (Eire)
THE BUTE LULLABY - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion), appearing live on April 24 at Quarter accoustic music club (meeting in the boolin' club!) of the Lanarkshire village near Hamilton) and on April 24 at the Nova Scotia folk club in Bishopbbrigs, near Glasgow, which meets at the Fort Theatre on Kenmure Avenue
THEY WERE FISHERMEN - Kenny and Amanda Smith*
JUST WANNA BELIEVE - Phillip Broussard*
HOPELESS ROMANTIC - Danni Nicholls (Albion)
SEVEN SPANISH ANGELS - Jarrod Dickenson*
MAKE US TO SHINE - Becky Bulller*
LIFE UNPLUGGED - Tim Cheesebrow*
STORMS OF SCARCITY - Amber Cross* making her live Scots debut on April 25 - with husband James Moore on guitar and mandolin - at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, and Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh on April 26
SO LONG YESTERDAY - Jeremy Nail*
SUNNY DAYS - Stacia Thiel*
WILLIE MacCRAE OF ULLAPOOL - instrumental - Mairearaid Green and Anna Massie (Scotia), appearing live on April 18 at Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, meeting at the Polish club, Bennochy House, Forth Park Drive, Kirkcaldy, on April 20 at The Ceilidh Place, West Argyle Street, Ullapool, and Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, Wick, on April 21

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 FM 107.5, (with DAB+ to Glasgow) 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, 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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IF you appreciate a stylist at the top of his game, please note three opportunities shortly to catch up with Austin-based singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt (pictured, below, tipping one of his trademark titfers to his latest Scottish visit).
Danny starts out in the borders on May 6 for String Theory@ The Heart of Hawick, then it's on to Glasgow's Glad Cafe at Shawlands Cross, with Scots singer-guitarist Elaine Lennon in support on May 8.
He then heads south en route for a string of dates in England, but along the way will play The Wee Gig at Abington in South Lanarkshire on May 9.
I fully expect his singer-songwriter wife Carrie Elkin and their daughter Maizy to feature, to a greater or lesser degree, on all dates! Danny's latest album 'Standard Deviation' reflects his consuming fascination with fatherhood, along with other pertinent themes.
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