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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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FOLKAL POINT - 361 - DECEMBER 20/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

FOR CHRISTMAS - Melanie Dekker (Canada) and Jim Byrnes
MY CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU IS ME - Ernie Lewis*
I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS - Yvonne Lyon (Scotia)
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL - instrumental - Tony Trischka*
MERRY CHRISTMAS - Malcolm Holcombe*
THE GIVING TREE - Nanci Griffith*
GOWER WASSAIL - Steeleye Span (Albion)
TO THE ANGELS OUT THERE - Rebecca Hosking* and Scott Neubert
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A MIDDLE-AGED MAN – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes (Australia)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE SAND DUNES – Laura Mulcahy (Eire)
CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING/ CUTTY (instrumental) – Canny Fettle (Albion)
ANGELS IN THE SNOW – Hidden Agenda Deluxe (Netherlands) with Oh Susanna
12 BIRDS – Little Pink*
STRANGEST CHRISTMAS YET – Steve Martin* & The Steep Canyon Ramblers
THE OFFICIAL BRANSLE - instrumental - Joshua Burnell (Albion) with Polly Bolton (mandolin)
THE CHRISTMAS WE HOPED FOR - Vanessa Peters*
TUPELO - Ben de la Cour*
CHRIST HAS MY HAIRT, AY - Emily Smith (Scotia)
BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM - instrumental - Jerry Douglas*
THE LIGHT - Doug Schmude*
THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS DAY - Allison Lupton (Canada) with The Young 'Uns (Albion), Craig Werth (guitar) and the Canterbury Brass: Stephen Dyte and Andrew McAnsh (cornets), Christian Overton (euphonium), Daniel Ho (E flat horn) and Avi Jacobus (tuba)
SILENT, THE NIGHT - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
THE FAITHFUL ONES - Tia McGraff*
A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS - Jeff Talmadge*
CHRISTMAS AULD LANG SYNE - Helen Reddy (Australia/*)
THREE MEN CAME A WALKING - Kevin McSherry (Albion)
ORDINARY MIRACLES - Susan Shann*
THE SOUL OF A MAN - Colin James (Canada)
DRIFT AWAY - Susie Vinnick (Canada)
PRAY ON THE RADIO - Richard Lynch*
GOOD KING WENCESLAS - instrumental - Tony Trischka*
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NO names, no pack drill - one-time military jargon now in wider use - indicates that in any given situation some details have been removed to protect the innocent - or at least spare blushes.
So I'll let YOU speculate which artiste featured in FP 360
later penned the following admission:
"Listened to the show yesterday on Blues & Roots Radio. Superb I'm really honoured! Only problem was, my daughter commented that she liked all the other songs except mine. I put it down to her age (six) in order not to collapse as a vain artist"
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FOLKAL POINT - 360 - DECEMBER 13/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, now in its 44th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Anderston studios of HBS in central Glasgow.
www,folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

GIVE IT TIME - Chris Ronald (Albion/Canada)
FROM MONKEY TO MAN - Clementine Volker (*/Netherlands)
NO ANGELS, NO DEMONS - Cam Penner (Canada) & Jon Wood
HEARTBREAK SONG FOR THE RADIO - The Lynnes (Canada)
SNOWING ON RATON - Hidden Agenda Deluxe (Netherlands) & Oh Susanna (Ungerleider)
WHEN IT RAINS ON CHRISTMAS DAY - Sofia Talvik(Deutschland/Konungariket Sverige)
BLUE MOON FREQUENCY - parts one to three - instrumental - Geiger von Müller (Albion/Magyarország)
SOME PEOPLE - Sam Lewis*
BLESS THE GROUND YOU GROW ON - 0dette Michell (Albion)
GIVIN' (GIVEN?) ALL I CAN SEE - Chris Hillman*
WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS - Helen Rose*
BREATHE SLOW - Frank Burkitt Band (New Zealand/Scotia)
PASTEL BLUE - instrumental - Artie Shaw*
EACH SEASON CHANGES YOU - Osborne Brothers* & Mac Wiseman
ROUND AND ROUND - Ribbon Road (Albion)
THE HEAD AND THE HEART - David Starr*
GET ME THROUGH DECEMBER - The Outside Track (Scotland/Eire/Canada) featuring (lead vocals) Teresa Forgan (Eire)
HAPPY WITH THAT - Gareth Owen (Albion)
CALIFORNIA - Steph Cameron (Canada)
CAN'T MAKE IT BACK HOME - David Leask (Canada/Scotia)
PERFECT FIT - Stewart Henderson (Albion) & David Lyon (Scotia)
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? - Emmylou Harris*
HOLY WATER - The Black Feathers (Albion)
COME ON - Ben Kunder (Canada)
IMPOSSIBLE BEAUTY - Susan Shann*
EIGHT MORE MILES TO LOUISVILLE - Grandpa Jones*
I WILL REMAIN - Colin James (Canada)
THE ROBIN'S RETURN - instrumental - Neville Dickie (Albion)
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FOLKAL POINT - 359 - DECEMBER 6/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point now in its 44th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Anderston studios of HBS in central Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

NOWHERE TOWN - Cris Cuddy (Canada)
FALL IN LOVE AGAIN - Martha L Healy (Scotia)
LOBSTER - Jim Stanard*
DEAR DECEMBER - Yvonne Lyon (Scotia)
SOFT HEART - Kaz Murphy*
WINTER SONG - Emily Smith (Scotia), appearing live at the Beacon Centre, Greenock on December 10 with Jamie McClennan (New Zealand/Scotia) and Anna Massie (Scotia) on guitars, fiddles and vocals, plus Ross Hamilton (Scotia) on bass and vocals, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (Dec 13), Our Lady & St Ninian's church, Newton Stewart (Dec 15), Theatre Royal, Dumfries (Dec 16) and the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on December 20 with special guest Kathleen Macinnes
EL TREN DE LA MEURTE (The Train of Death) - Doug Schmude*
HARD TO KNOW - Hatcheck Girl*, featuring (lead vocals) Annie Gallup*
NEVER ENOUGH - John Meed (Albion)
BONNIE BLUE EYES - Alden, Patterson & Dashwood (Albion)
UNCLE BOUDREAUX WENT TO TEXAS - Ben de la Cour* with (harmony vocals) Becky Warren*
WHAT YOU CAN'T OUTRUN - Vanessa Peters*
GENTLE STORM - instrumental - Night Tree*
DRUNKEN SAILOR - The Salts (Albion)
TRANCE - Larkin Poe*
BLAME IT ON THE DOG - Tim Grimm*
SUPERFUNDED - New Yeller*
LOVING YOU NEVER GETS OLD - Jimmy Rankin (Canada)
TRACKS IN THE SNOW - Red Pine Timber Company (Scotia) featuring Katie Whittaker on lead vocals
DRIVING NAILS IN MY COFFIN - Steve Bonham & The Long Road (Albion)
HOW - Michelle Lewis*
SKIPPIN' IN THE MISSISSIPPI DEW - John Hartford*
BROTHER - Annie Oakley*
I COULD NOT BE WITHOUT YOU - Ernie Lewis*
BACON IN THE PAN - instrumental - Rudi Ekstein*
WILLIE'S DIAMOND JOE - Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane (Canada) who will be appearing live at a string of venues across Scotland in mid-February
FORBIDDEN - Tia McGraff*
SOLDIER ON - Bob Rea*
GOIN' HOME - instrumental - Foghorn Stringband (*/Canada)
KELLY'S REVENGE - instrumental - Kevin McSherry (Albion)

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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