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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.

Now in its 44th year, FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10.00pm – midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio (Sunday repeat, 10.00pm), 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 8.00pm – 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 is crafted by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street 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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LIVE music is again to be a big part of this year's Crieff
Highland Gathering with special international guest act
The American Rogues appearing live - a Scots concert
debut! - on August 19 in the Glenturret Tent, Market Park,
on a bill also featuring Ayr-born singer-songwriter Jamie
McGeechan (aka Little Fire) plus the folk-rocking
Journey North whose five members are variously
culled from Perthshire, Tayside and Fife.
Hear music by The Rogues in my Folkal Point programme
on a radio near you from next Thursday evening ahead
of the band's live Scottish debut . If you like what you hear and fancy experiencing it in person, be aware the group goes on to make a couple of live appearances in Dunoon on August 24 and 25 as part of this year's Cowal Highland Gathering's Ceilidh Tent attractions.
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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. ...

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FOLKAL POINT - 338 - JULY 12 /2018 (*American artistes)

Folkal Point www.facebook.com/folkal-point-284393961617688
(now in its 44th year), is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald
in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

STANDING BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD - Wild Blue Yonder*
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME - C J Simmons*
HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS - Milton Hide (Albion)
ALL RIGHT, OK - Little Pink*
BOUGHT AND SOLD - Old Salt Union*
GIMME A PIGFOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER - Rory Block*
SAE WILL WE YET - John Graham and Jim Jack (Scotia)
THE KNIFE - instrumental - Talisk (Scotia)
LIFE IS ELSEWHERE - Chris Cleverley (Albion)
BUTTERFLY - Hadley McCall Thackston*/Canada
EVERYTIME - Lazy Afternoon (Konungariket Sverige), featuring Cristina Säfsten (lead vocal)
IN THE PARK - Jamie Gage*
BLUE MOON ON THE MOUNTAIN - Doghouse Roses (Scotia), appearing live with Philadelphia's Joseph Parsons on July 19 at The Ceilidh Place, West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Road, Inverness (July 21), Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, Wick (July 22) and the Doublet, Park Road, Glasgow on July 25
JIGGERY - POLKA - RY - instrumental - The Outside Track (Scotia/Eire/Canada)
VOLKSWAGEN THING - The Asylum Street Spankers*
WILD RIDE - Carter Sampson*
DO IT ALL AGAIN - David Gerald*
DOIN' TIME - Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus*
IT'LL ALL WORK OUT - Linda Saslove (Canada)
LIVE FOREVER - Skerryvore (Scotia)
THE TIME SONG - Allden, Patterson & Dashwood (Albion)
WHISTLE SOLO: The Montgomery Bell Waltz/Buttermilk Mary/Black Pat's - instrumental - Alistair McCulloch trio (Scotia) featuring Marc Duff. The trio's appearing live at The Tolbooth, Stirling on July 12 and the Burgh Hall, Dunoon on July 14
NASHVILLE SKYLINE - Mike Aiken*
NASHVILLE STAR - Cris Cuddy (Canada)
NASHVILLE BLUE - Blue Rose Code (Scotia)
SAFFIRE EYES - Eva Hillered (Konungariket Sverige)
NOBODY KNOWS - Roomful of Blues*
WAY BACK HOME - Mona Wallin (Konungariket Sverige)
LONG CHAIN CHARLIE & MOUNDSVILLE - Slocan Ramblers (Canada)
PORT INN HORNPIPE - instrumental - Dowally (Scotia)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM (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 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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