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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 commends the determination and talent of Bahrain-based Palestinian Zaina Arekat. She's created a 10-track instrumental album despite losing her vision as a teenager and suffering a rare type of muscular dystrophy that means she's bed-bound and ventilator dependent.
Title track Mind Journey* - one of her nine originals - took the 27-year-old a year to complete from the sanctuary of her bedroom in Barbar. Zaina's debut CD - including a tribute cover version - represents a total triumph of singlemindedness over the most adverse of dark matter.
“I wanted to share my story, my emotions and my thoughts with the world,” she told her local paper the Gulf weekly. “The comments and messages that I received from around the world encouraged me to continue playing”.
Zaina also wanted to raise awareness about Nemaline Myopathy with which she was diagnosed at age four. “It was terrifying at first and adapting to the new situation was not easy. It took me quite some time to get used to it.
"Hiba (her sister) convinced me to pick up the guitar again because I used to play when I was younger.
“The physical limitations and obstacles have always been a struggle, even with making music,” she admits, “but so far, I’ve always managed to find a way to achieve what I set out to do".

*IF you missed Majestic Realm, aired last week, you can hear the title track of Zaina's Mind Journey in Folkal Point 318 next Thursday (February 22).
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FOLKAL POINT - 317 - FEBRUARY 15/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

GIN AND TONIC - Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
BLACK SPIRITS - The Company of Players (Albion) featuring Hannah Elizabeth
IT'LL PASS - The Chase Walker Band*
KISS ALL THE STARS - The Mellowship (Albion) featuring Maureen (Mo) Dewdney on lead vocals
ORDINARY MEMORY - Ajay Mathur (Republic of India - Bhārat Gaṇarājya-/Confoederatio Helvetica)
LOUISIANA - Beth Wimmer*/Ostschweiz.ch
LEAVING LONDON TOWN - Son of Town Hall (Albion/*)
IT'S OUR VALENTINE - Skinner & T'Witch (Albion)
THE RARE AULD TIMES - The High Kings (Eire)
THERE'S A REASON - Anne Herdorf (Kongeriget Danmark)
KALEIDOSCOPE - Jesse Terry* with (guest vocals) Sarah Darling*
GLIDING - Emily Herring*
REAPER MADNESS - The Bloody Jug Band*
EL CHOCLO (The Corn Cob) - instrumental - Shetland Mandolin Band (Scotia)
ONE-ARMED MAN - The Dead South (Canada)
SECOND TIME AROUND - The Barefoot Movement*
MAKE MY HOME IN FLORIDA - The Backtrack Blues Band*
THIS OLD HAT - Zoë Wren (Albion)
NOTHING IN THE WORLD - Paul Brand (Scotia) with (guest vocals) Clare Martin (Scotia)
BLAME IT ON THE DEVIL - The Lynnes (Miles & Hanson!) Canada
THROUGH THE BACK OF MY HEAD - Backgammon (Netherlands)
BRING ME WITH YOU - Miriam Cooke (Eire/Albion)
SWEET ANGELA - Son of The Velvet Rat (Republik Österreich/*)
THE GREAT ESCAPE - Josie Duncan (Scotia) with Pablo Lafuente (España/Scotia) and (guest vocals) Colin Macleod (Scotia)
TREE OF LOVE - Auramancer aka Blaede (België) who also answers to Nicholas Nayaert
MOTHER'S KISS - Corrie Shelley (Albion)
YOU DON'T WANT TO GET YOU ONE OF THOSE - Tommy Emmanuel* and Mark Knopfler (Scotia/Albion)
DROP OF A HAT - instrumental - Donald W G Lindsay (Scotia) and friends

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. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. 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 produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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MY week which has lurched, much as
ever, from here to there and back again
did finally end on a truly high (photographic)
note - which I wanted to share with all you
dear readers - since I discovered that my
favourite guitar goddess, from Richmond, Virginia
(Janet Martin, did you REALLY have to ask?)
has - in this image, at least - seemingly put
her rock'n'raunch image on hold in
favour of a more pensive pose.
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FOLKAL POINT - 316 - FEBRUARY 8/2018 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music)

NOTHING REALLY MATTERS - Korby Lenker*
IT'S SO EASY TO TELL - Miss Tess & The Talkbacks*
BLUE GIRL - David Francey (Scotia/Canada)
MY LADY GREENSLEEVES - Wilde Roses (Albion)
STAIN IN THE SAND - Peter Simpson (Australia)
SWEETEST FREEDOM - Yvonne Lyon (Scotia)
THE FIELDS OF AMERICA - Rupert Wates (Albion/Canada/*)
VINES - Melanie Edwards*
PLAY ME A LOVE SONG - Paul Walker (Albion) & Karen Pfeiffer (Deutschland)
SUNRISE - Ivor Game (Albion)
IN YOUR HANDS - Abi Moore (Albion)
DRUNKEN BARBER'S HAND - Slaid Cleaves*
SO FAR APART - The Time Jumpers*
ANGELS ROCK ME TO SLEEP - The Bluegrass Cardinals*
STARING AT STARS - Salt House (Scotia)
SOUTHSIDE STOMP - instrumental - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters*
MILES AWAY - Ground Level Falcons (Canada)
I'D RATHER GO BLIND - Koko Taylor*
BABE IT AIN'T NO LIE - Davey Graham (Scotia/Albion)
MAMA DON'T CRY - Lauren Barth*
MAJESTIC REALM - instrumental - Zaina Arekat دولة فلسطين / مملكة البحرين (State of Palestine/Kingdom of Bahrain)
SWEET CONFUSION - Kate Ferguson (Albion)
HOLDING ON - Rod Picott*, appearing live in Glasgow and Kinross in late March - fuller details here nearer the time!
WRECKING BALL - Corrie Shelley (Albion)
THE HOLLOW MEN - Cua (Eire)
I CANNOT REMAIN - Winter Wilson (Albion)
SUNKEN TREASURE - Ben Morgan-Brown (Albion)
ONE DAMN THING - Zoe Mulford(*/Albion) with Tom Kirching (Albion)
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD - David Starr*
JUST ONE MORE - Locust Honey String Band*
ONE BRIGHT LIGHT - instrumental - Raymond Gonzalez*

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. DCR offers a Sunday evening repeat from 8-10pm. 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 produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
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Paisley FM awarded Ofcom radio licence for
Paisley & Renfrewshire




Paisley FM are delighted by broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s decision to award a community radio licence for the Paisley and Renfrewshire area.

There were two applicants for the FM licence with Paisley FM being successful. This will bring a service back to the town after an absence of over a decade.

Paisley FM plans to take to the FM airwaves from the summer of 2018, as a legacy of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and - thanks to the support of University of the West of Scotland – will be based within the University’s campus in the town, with plans for state-of-the-art studio facilities accessible to the local community.

The licence bid, which was also supported by local politicians, Renfrewshire Council, the clergy and Paisley artists was submitted in July 2017, with a final decision by Ofcom made today.

Paisley FM director Bob McWilliam said: “This is a really exciting day for Paisley and Renfrewshire and for radio listeners. Our proposal to Ofcom – which will now become a reality – was always about creating a distinctive station for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire, made by the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire. We can’t wait to get started.”

Annie McGuire UWS lecturer in the School of Media, Culture & Society and a director of Paisley FM said: “It has been 15 years since Paisley had its own radio station, broadcasting from the town. Over the last few years the area has definitely found its voice again, particularly around the 2021 process. We’re excited at the prospect of hearing the people of Renfrewshire on the radio again, as well as providing opportunities for UWS creative industries students to gain hands-on experience as part of their studies.”

Those interested in getting involved with Paisley FM, either as programme makers or in other areas such as engineering, marketing or events, should keep an eye on the station website at paisleyfm.co.uk

The aim is to recruit 30 volunteers from a range of backgrounds in the first year with training offered for those keen to take to the airwaves.


For more information contact:
Bob McWilliam on 07980 953 107
Email: bob@paisleyfm.co.uk
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