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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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REGULAR listeners are, I hope, equally enthusiastic that a clutch of arresting songs by Mary Battiata (pictured on stage, below) and Little Pink have featured almost every other week lately in the Folkal Point playlist.
My recent focus has been on the hugely-captivating 'The Heart, Regardless' album, Mary's latest long-player showcasing highly-original writing, incisive vocals and crisp acoustic guitar playing, with Tim Pruitt contributing hypnotic electric guitar across its 14 tracks.
Ms B's bandmates in Little Pink, Alex Weber (stand-up and electric bass), percussionist Ed Hough and Dave Hadley on pedal steel - while not obviously in need of reinforcements - have, however, been generously augmented for the Dave Nachodsky co-produced album by a slew of special musical guests.
Their collective and creative efforts go a long way to make the world seem (albeit far too briefly) like a much better place, illusory though that invariably must prove to be, than we'd all ever dared to hope.
So, while you can, listen to the heart, Regardless.
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FOLKAL POINT - 327 - APRIL 26/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

THE WRONG SONG - (Walter) Lathouwers et (Bart) Barbier (België) though no longer working together
FORK IN THE ROAD - The Mammals*
PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES - Webb Wilder*
TWILIGHT TIME - Michelle Burke (Eire/Scotia)
DRUNK ON SUMMER - Ray Cooper (Albion)
THE HOUSE OF LOVE - Carter Sampson*
MY SHIP - Gnoss (Scotia), appearing live on May 2 at Edinburgh folk club (the Pleasance bar), and the Orkney folk festival (May 24-27)
COPAS PARA UNA PARTIDA (Verses For A Game) - Altitud (Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia (Spanish), Tetã Hetãvoregua Volívia (Guaraní), Buliwya Mamallaqta (Quechua) and Wuliwya Suyu (Aymara)
ONE TRUE PLACE - Mary Black (Eire)
PUSHING ON AN OPEN DOOR - Mick Shepherd (Albion)
STORYTELLER AND SCRIBE 5th MOON - Luna Neptune (Scotia/Albion)
SEE THIS WINTER OUT - The Fugitives (Canada)
SUPERSTAR - instrumental - Curtis Fornadley*
BITTER SPRINGS TO BIG TREES - Becky Buller*
SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME - Jeb Barry & The Pawnshop Saints* featuring Heather Austin (guest vocals)
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS - Annie Keating*
HONEST MAN - Son of Town Hall (Albion/*)
DEVILRY DANCE - Kara (Albion) featuring (lead vocals) Daria Kulesh (Россия) who is now fronting a new quartet, also working in various duos and performing solo too. Scots tour with Jonny Dyer set for autumn
OAK TREE - Achilles Wheel*
BIRDS - instrumental - Ross Ainslie (Scotia) and Ali Hutton (Scotia), appearing live on April 28 in Glasgow with a full band and string section at Drygate
FOOL FOR LOVE - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
CRIMINAL STYLE - Lindsay Lou Rilko & The Flatbellys*
FAIR AND TENDER LADIES - Leo Koster (Netherlands)
REVERIE OF A RADIANT KNIGHT - Kate O'Callaghan (Eire)
SAIL AWAY - The Often Herd (Albion/*)
IS IT LOVE? - Carly Ritter*
CAROLINA STROLL - instrumental - Eric Congdon*

NOW in its 44th year, 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.
Folkal Point is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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ADVANCE warning of a musical treat heading
for Scotland in early June from Croton-on-Hudson,
New York, and marking the first outing over here by
Frank Migliorelli & The (scaled-down!) Dirtnappers
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Comments following Folkal Point's musical and lyrical referencing of the sinking of Titanic 106 years ago, include the revelation (thank you, P, in Germany) that one of its four funnels was a dummy. (So what else didn't work, we might reasonably wonder?). Also meant to mention that the name of the ill-fated liner's master, who went down with his ship, lives on in a real ale from his hometown, Stoke on Trent. Captain Smith's is a tad salty for my taste...but better with ice, maybe? ...

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