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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.

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10.00pm – midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, 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 8-10pm. The programme is also re-transmitted (globally!) online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.

Folkal Point is curated by Colin MacDonald in Scotland and realised at the Glasgow studios of HBS.

www.folkalpoint.scot  sponsored by folk singer ‘Robin Campbell – Music‘ for playlists, questions, comments and ‘likes’.

 

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I'm quite delighted to be able to herald the
musical return to Glasgow later in the week
of Brooklyn's Annie Keating whose music-making
has been a staple of Folkal Point down the years.
In fact you can hear her latest offering - a digital-only
single titled 'Trouble' in the first five minutes of FP 283
- on the eve of Friday's gig for Sounds In The Suburbs.
Annie's Glasgow appearance - with ace backing
from fellow Brooklynite Steve Mayone (guitar and
mandolin) plus bass-player Scott Warman - is at 8pm.
Venue: Kelvindale Bowling Club, Baronald Drive G12
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FOLKAL POINT - 283 - JUNE 22 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

TOO BIG TO FAIL - Ed Dupas*
TROUBLE - Annie Keating*, appearing live in Glasgow with fellow Brooklynite Steve Mayone (guitar and mandolin) plus bass-player Scott Warman (Albion) on June 23 at Kelvindale Bowling Club, Baronald Drive for Sounds In The Suburbs
SWIMMINGS OF THE HEAD - Kate Young (Scotia) & Raphaël Decoster (France), appearing live at St Mary's Church, Pathhead on June 28 and the Hecla Gallery, Cockenzie on June 29
WATER & WINE - Ivor Game (Albion)
JUST LIKE YOU - Ruby Muse (Albion)
OLD TOWN - Brendan (Shea) & The Strangest Ways*
ANOTHER DREAM - Sheila K Cameron (Scotia/Canada)
NOTHING MATTERS ANY MORE - Richard Sutton (Albion)
LORD LOVEL - Rosie Hood (Albion)
OKAY - Eelke Ankersmit (Netherlands)
I MISS YOU SO MUCH - Anna Elizabeth Laube*
YOUR DREAMS - Jon Magnusson (Konungariket Sverige)
THE MISSION - Viper Central (Canada)
THE SLEEPLESS - instrumental - Born 53 (Konungariket Sverige)
GONNA LOVE A WOMAN - Cale Tyson*
USED TO BE BLIND - Fiona Brown (België)
LOVE IS PATIENT - Sam Baker*, appearing live for the Fallen Angels club in Glasgow on June 23 at St Andrew's In The Square (off the Saltmarket)
SO IN LOVE - K D (Kathryn Dawn) Lang (Canada)
DO DO DO - Dansu (Netherlands)
TAKE ME WITH - Lena Laki (Deutschland/Albion)
ASH - Southern Tenant Folk Union (Scotia)
WHEN MORNING COMES - Mika Hary (ישראל/*)
VOICE OF MIDNIGHT - Slaid Cleaves*
THE WINDOW - Tish Hinojosa*
DAY BECAME YOU - Ian Roland & Simon Yapp (Albion)
YOU BRING THE SUN - Annie Keating*, appearing live in Glasgow with fellow Brooklynite Steve Mayone (guitar and mandolin) and bass-player Scott Warman (Albion) on June 23 at Kelvindale Bowling Club, Baronald Drive for Sounds In The Suburbs
FADING AWAY - Rökkva (Island)
ANNA IS A DANCER - Harbottle & Jonas (Albion)
JENNY DANG THE WEAVER - instrumental - An Dhá (Albion)
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FOLKAL POINT - 282 - JUNE 15 /2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

LOVE ME AGAIN - Sam Lewis*
LET'S MEET IN THE MIDDLE - Carol Laula (Scotia), appearing live in Glasgow - with Wellgreen in support - on June 22 at Òran Mór (Byres Road/Great Western Road intersection in the westend)
BAD DREAMS - Blueprint Blue (Albion)
GRAVITY - Amelia Curran (Canada)
HER & I - Nic Barrell (Albion)
JANE - Pop Trash*
ONE MORE DAY - Elliott Morris (Scotia/Albion)
CHILDREN (DON'T YOU KNOW) - Katie Spencer (Albion)
CYBERSPACE - Kenny White*
IF (I COULD BE WITH YOU) - Rosie Flores
AIN'T IT STRANGE - Cale Tyson*
SUMMER SONG - Jenny Lascelles (Albion)
WHERE'S THE CURE FOR YOU? - Tim Gartland*
KING ROBERT THE BRUCE/ THE SMITH'S A GALLANT FIREMAN /THE HURRICANE - instrumental - Erin Smith (Scotia) with Dennis Morrison (piano) & Martin MacLeod (bass)
TEXAS LOVE SONG - Slaid Cleaves*
BLACK HEART - Janet Martin *
SAME KIND OF BLUE - Sam Baker*, appearing live for the Fallen Angels club in Glasgow on June 23 at St Andrew's In The Square (off the Saltmarket)
BACK ROW - The Honeycutters*
DON'T CRY HONEY - J E Mainer & The Mountaineers*
TWO IN THE BUSH IS BETTER THAN ONE IN THE HAND - Saffire*
DOVES - Aaron English*
RIVER CLYDE - Annie Keating*, appearing live in Glasgow with bass-player Scott Warman (Albion) and Brooklyn's Steve Mayone (guitar and mandolin) on June 23 at Kelvindale Bowling Club, Baronald Drive for Sounds In The Suburbs
THE LESS I KNOW - DocFell & Co*
NONE OF THAT NOW - Michelle Lewis*
LOST IN YOUR BLUE EYES - Jeff Finlin*
(I STILL REMEMBER) HOW TO FORGET - West of Eden (Konungariket Sverige)
CARRY ON - Son Of The Velvet Rat (Republik Österreich/*)
LAUGH - Judy Kass*
MARY K'S WALTZ - instrumental - Donald Black (Scotia)
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FOLKAL POINT - 281 - JUNE 8/2017 (*American artistes)
www.folkalpoint.scot (sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk)

HERE IN THE PASS - Gerry Spehar*
NIGHT FALLS AWAY SINGING - Corinne West*
BEAR IN THE WOODS - The Long Ryders*
UNGLUED - Mo Kenney (Canada)
THE MERRY WIDOW - instrumental - Sharon Shannon (Eire)
MAMA'S RADIO - C Daniel Boling*
YOU'LL NEVER GET ME OUT OF YOUR MIND - Saffire*
CRIMSON RED & AQUA BLUE - Born 53 (Konungariket Sverige)
RUN RUN RUN - Michelle Lewis*
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY - Bob Dylan* & Johnny Cash*
I'LL FIND AN OCEAN - Carly Thomas (ราชอาณาจักรไทย/Canada)
PART THE WATERS - New Model Army (Albion)
SANGRÉ - Karen Ruimy (المملكة المغربية /Royaume du Maroc/Albion)
MURMURATION - instrumental - Laura Mulcahy (Eire)
ONE MORE RIDE - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen*
LOVE LOOKS GOOD ON YOU - Underhill Rose*, appearing live on June 13 at the Weem Inn (near Aberfeldy) Perthshire, The Admiral, Glasgow (June 14) with Jonas & Jane (Albion) & The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on June 15
ROLAND THE HEADLESS THOMPSON GUNNER - Vair (Scotia)
SMALL BLUE BOAT - Janet Martin*
STRANGE BOY- Annie Gallup*
THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS A SECRET - Aaron English*
NEVER LET ME GO - Katie Webster*
STATE OF MIND - Wingin' It: Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie (Scotia/Albion), appearing live on June 15 at An Comar, Tobermory (Isle of Mull) and Tayvallich (Lochgilphead) in Argyll on June 16
I DON'T WANT ANYBODY BUT YOU - The Plume Moth Orchestra (Canada), featuring Mitch Girio & Melanie Peterson
MOTHER - Harbottle & Jonas (Albion)
WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO US IT'S ALL UP TO YOU - Alecia Nugent* & Bradley Walker*
GOING AWAY - Madison Violet (Canada)
TILL WE SAY GOODBYE- Patrick Sylvest*
REGGAE BAGPIPES - instrumental - The Magnificent Seven (Albion)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) on 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio, across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online, and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106, 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 by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada.
Folkal Point is created by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.
See www.folkalpoint.scot for playlists, questions, comments and 'likes'.
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CANADIAN singer-songwriter and actress Melanie
Peterson pictured below and (or so I like to think
contemplating her prospects of world domination
by dint of sheer talent), features as guest voice of the
Plume Moth Orchestra's delightful EP collaboration -
'My Heart Is A Compass' (the title track was aired on
FP 279) - with arranger-composer Mitch Girio, her
regular guitarist. Hear another of their fine songs in this week's
Folkal Point from Thursday (and probably again on June 8!).
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