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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 - 354 - NOVEMBER 1/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, well into its 44th 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

FISH AND WHISTLE - John Prine*
SISTER OH SISTER - Rosanne Cash*
THE BONNY GATESHEAD LASS - Bob Fox and Stu Luckley (Albion)
THE SHADOW - Baskery (Konungariket Sverige), appearing live on November 13 at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (November 14), Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (Nov 15) and the Tolbooth, Stirling on November 16. Also appearing on all dates are Adam Holmes (Scotia) & The Embers
SOUTHBOUND - Bob Rea*
LET YOU DOWN - Kirsten Jones/Mitch Girio (Canada)
BIG FISH - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
PRAYER IN OPEN D - Shannon McNally*
THE WINNER - Kris Kristofferson*
YOUNG AND LIVING FREE - Steph Cameron (Canada)
THE WEXFORD GIRL - Benny Martin*
DISTANT STAR - Melanie Dekker (Canada)
TASTELESS AND COMPLACENT - Ben Folke Thomas (Konungariket Sverige/Albion)
SHETLAG - Sheelanagig (Albion), appearing live on November 10 at the Hug & Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN I LOVE YOU AND I'M LEAVING - Cody Jinks (Canada)
ALREADY MADE - Yvonne Lyon (Scotia)
WIND OF ZARAGOZA - Jason McNiff (Albion)
RECKLESS ABANDON - Susan Shann*
FIX YOUR WORDS - Chip Taylor*
PEAKS OF ALBORZ - instrumental - Jorge Strunz (/República de Costa Rica/*) and Ardeshir Farah (جمهوری اسلامی ایران /Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān)
TRY - Amelia Curran (Canada)
JOHNNY CASH ON THE RADIO - John Francis*
COUNTRY SONG - Ashley Riley*
THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLUE - Michael Weiskopf*
UNMADE BED - Martha L Healy (Scotia)
GET RIGHT WITH YOU - The Red Pine Timber Company (Scotia) featuring Gav Munro & Katie Whitaker
ECHO - instrumental - Talisk (Scotia)

VISITING artistes with Scottish gigs in the week ahead include Alden, Patterson & Dashwood (Albion), appearing live on November 3 at Cromarty Arts Trust, Inverness, and Ribbon Road (Albion) on November 6 at Glasgow's Star Folk Club, meeting at The Admiral, and at the Pleasance cabaret bar on November 7 for Edinburgh Folk Club

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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THIS weekend sees HBS volunteers past and present joining forces for a 48-hour, on-air fundraising broadcast from the Glasgow studios.
It's the critical income source of the year for the hospital radio charity generating funds to cover essential running costs like rent, electricity, phones and various licences.
To whet your appetite, I'll be the meat in the early-morning sandwich (or the fragrant rose betwixt two thorns during hour 29 if we mix the metaphors!) between Steve Boardman and Iain Purdon. That's probably way beyond your bedtime - 2 to 3 this Sunday morning!
I'll be airing some all-time classic songs and sharing some personal memories of seven decades of the NHS.
By the way, I was first experimenting with hospital broadcasting even before HBS came into existence on that Christmas Day almost 48 years ago.
Now that wheel's turned full circle: after a lifetime in radio at home and abroad here I am again - broadcasting from city-centre studios in Glasgow's chi-chi (just kidding, folks) Anderston district where my professional radio career began when Radio Clyde burst on to the airwaves at Hogmanay 1973.
A decade later I signed on for what would become a 14-year stint with the British Forces Broadcasting Service for an initial posting to Cologne in Germany (pictured below in its heyday) and then on to various spells in other militarised locations - a couple of them were quite exotic postings - from both ends of the Mediterranean to the Falkland Islands (twice).
Like everyone else blessed to win the great lottery of life by being born Scottish, I've grown up with the NHS. Overall it has been a fairly healthy relationship - although, aged six, I parted company with tonsils and adenoids. An altogether happier memory is of post-op tea and toast after keyhole surgery a decade ago at the now-demolished Western Infirmary.
I went on to volunteer for the national medical research Biobank project, carry an organ donor card and always take up the offer of a - free - annual flu jab.
So far we're both still going strong but, please, let's not take our NHS, its committed, caring staff - or our hospital radio volunteers - for granted.
If you can support our fundraising please select an online donation option via www.hbs.org.uk (there's a link on the home page), or go to www.facebook.com/HBSGlasgow which has a clickable link at the top of the page.
All supporters will be gratefully name-checked on air! And both the NHS and HBS will still be there for you if and when you need us...
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FOLKAL POINT - 353 - OCTOBER 25/2018
(*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 44th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Anderston studios of HBS in Glasgow and - since this is the Hallowe'e'en edition - please do beware of tattie bogles...
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

HEAVEN OR HELL - Margie Singleton*
THE PUTTY PICKERS - John Coletta (Scotia)
IF I WERE A GHOST - Annie Oakley*
HAPPY ENDING VAMPIRE STORY - Neil Cousin (Albion)
FREIGHT TRAIN - instrumental - Eddie Adcock with Talk of The Town*
WOMAN WITH NO SHAME - Martha L Healy (Scotia)
EMMELINE AND THREE CATS DANCING - Steve Bonham & The Long Road (Albion)
HALLOWE'EN - Hannah Rarity (Scotia)
THE CEMETERY NEAR MY HOME TOWN - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
GRAVEDIGGER - Lynne Hanson (Canada) with The Good Intentions
STORNOWAY AT 2 AM - Willie Campbell (Scotia) with the Tumbling Souls
THE GHOST OF EMMETT TILL - Thea Hopkins*
WITHOUT YOU - Simon Scardanelli (Albion)
YOUR WAY - Laura Meade* with John Galgano*
THE VIOLET AND THE ROSE - Foghorn Stringband (*/Canada)
SUILVEN - instrumental - Rachel Newton (Scotia)
BONE CUPBOARD - Gilmore & Roberts (Albion)
VOODOO SKULL - Phil Matthews (Albion)
HOLY WATER - Andrew Sheppard*
HELLUVA RIDE - Susan Shann*
AXE MOUNTAIN (Revisited) - John Smith (Albion)
THE CRUEL MOTHER - Rosie Hood (Albion) with Emily Portman (Albion)
DOWN IN THE SUGARBUSH - instrumental - Slocan Ramblers (Canada), appearing live on November 10 in the village hall, Coldingham, and at the Craigdarroch Arms, Moniaive on November 11
CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE READY - John Francis*
SLEEPING IS NOT ON MY MIND - Laura Victoria Hewison (Albion)
BEFORE I DIE - Ryan Webb (Albion)
RED ROCKING CHAIR - Alden, Patterson & Dashwood (Albion), appearing live on November 3 at Cromarty Arts Trust, Inverness
SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN - Colin James (Canada)
WEEPING WILLOW BLUES - Rory (Aurora) Block*
KISS ME TROUBLES GOODBYE - Ribbon Road (Albion), appearing live on November 6 at Glasgow's Star Folk Club, The Admiral, and at the Pleasance cabaret bar on November 7 for Edinburgh Folk Club
MOTHER MAYBELLE - Mac Wiseman* with the Osborne Brothers*
SEVEN FOR A SECRET, NEVER TO BE TOLD - instrumental - Stefan 'Jonny' Johnke (Deutschland)
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FOLKAL POINT - 352 - OCTOBER 18/2018 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point now in its 44th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald from the Anderston studios of HBS in Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

BIDING MY TIME - Chris Hillman*
BIG LOVE AND SUNSHINE - Janet Martin*
OCTOBER MORNING - Malcolm Holcombe*
GOOD THINGS - Annie Oakley*
NO TENGO PALABRAS (I Have No Words) - Garrick Rawlings* with (harmony vocals) Perla Batalla*
I WILL LOVE YOU - Scott Smith* with (harmony vocals) Vickie Randle*
FIDDLERS' GREEN - Emily Mae Winters (Albion/Eire), appearing live on October 22 at the Hug & Pint, Great Western Road, Glasgow
PUT DOWN THE BOTTLE - The Red Pine Timber Company (Scotia) featuring (lead vocals) Katie Whittaker (Scotia)
TAMARACK - Jesse Matas (Canada)
BEFORE IT FALLS APART - Vanessa Peters*
TATTOO OF JESUS - Michael Weiskopf*
40 SHADES OF GREEN - Kate Campbell*
MAKING THINGS UP AS I GO - Jeremy Parsons*
WEE McGHEE'S: Wee McGhee's/Lizzy In The Lowground - instrumental - Mairearad Green & Anna Massie (Scotia)
THE MAID OF MALHAM MOOR - Kevin McSherry (Albion)
NEEDFUL THINGS - Ron Sayer & Charlotte Joyce (Albion)
I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD - Colin James (Canada)
EMPTY BED BLUES - Rory (Aurora) Block*
DON'T DIE TILL YOU'RE DEAD - Mark Harrison (Albion)
HOW MANY WHISKEYS? - Jaywalkers (Albion)
MOROCCAN SONG - Steve Bonham & The Long Road (Albion)
PRINCESS OF THE PRAIRIE - Carly Ritter*
ROLLER COASTER RIDE - Bodinrocker (Konungariket Sverige)
FIRES OF POMPEII (We Should Walk Away) Nichole Wagner* with (harmony vocals) Rod Picott*
BETTER HUMAN - Ben Kunder (Canada), appearing live with (backing vocals) Carleigh Aikins (Canada) on October 23 Upstairs at The Waverley Bar in Edinburgh (previously listed at the Scottish Arts Club) and on October 24 at The Doublet, Park Road, Glasgow
LONE WOLF WALTZ - Martha Fields*
PARTING OF THE WAYS - Osborne Jones (Albion/*)
THE PLATE SMASHER - instrumental - Solasta (Albion)
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THE Glasgow Hospital Broadcasting Service’s 2018 fund-raising broadcast weekend (November 2-4 will celebrate 70 years of the NHS plus some of the many volunteer groups that provide supporting services.

As the NHS was created in 1948 - and HBS is 48 years old - the current crop of volunteers plan a 48-hour broadcast: 48 programmes hosted by 48 different presenters/ presentation teams.

Individuals and companies are invited to sponsor* one (or more?) of these 48 hours and have names read out during the hour(s) they’ve chosen to recognise their support.

This is the major income source of the year for HBS and is vital in ensuring the Glasgow charity can continue to cover basic running costs of rent, electricity, phones and various licences.

*Here's a link to the sponsor form: www.hbs.org.uk/form2018.pdf. See www.hbs.org.uk/48hr.html for online sponsorship options.*
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