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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, 10pm – midnight)  across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online*, to Renfrewshire by Paisley FM107.5, (and DAB) and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 FM, 106.6 FM and online.

Folkal Point timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11pm – 1am) with a 10.00am – midday Friday repeat, then Saturdays (10pm – midnight) on 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, now in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston 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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11 hours ago

As you enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend, remember we all need words and music when hope alone is still not quite enough.
(And I haven't even mentioned the forthcoming Tory leadership contest - already being likened to Game of Thrones reimagined as the Benny Hill Show - following Mrs May's long-awaited Brexit exit).
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13 hours ago

FOLKAL POINT - 384 - MAY 30/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

DRUNKEN SERENADE featuring the Banshee Reel - Merry Hell (Albion)
MINNEAPOLIS - Anna Tivel*
FEELS LIKE RAIN - ELS Band (Konungariket Sverige)
SHE'S NOT LOST - Arcelia (Albion), featuring (lead vocals) Teresa Gallagher, appearing live on June 1 at the Starlight Studio, Paisley (already a sell-out) and then the White Church in Comrie, Perthshire on June 2, before devoting a couple of days to shooting a music video in St Fillans...
HONEST I DO - Omar and the Howlers*
OKLAHOMA HILLS - Kalyn Fay*
BALTIMORE FIRE - Danny Davis and the Warrior River Boys*
ON REVIVAL DAY- Aurora (Rory) Block*
SHADES OF EARL - instrumental - Kai Strauss (Deutschland) and the Electric Blues All-Stars
PAINT THE TOWN - Frank Burkitt Band (Scotia/Australia), appearing live with fiddler Becka Wolfe on May 30 at the Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, MacGregor's Bar, Inverness (June 1) and the Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet in Galloway on June 5.
SINGING BIRD - Rowan Godel (Albion)
HELLO HEART - John Kilzer*
WHEN I STOP LOVING YOU - Felice and Boudleaux Bryant*
THE WHISTLING COLONEL - instrumental - Leon Redbone (Canada/*/Kýpros)
BEETROOT - Slim Loris (Konungariket Sverige)
FREE BIRD FLYING - Kerri Powers*
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LOVE - Curse of Lono (Albion)
TURN THE PAGE - Bourbon Express* featuring (lead vocals) Katie Curley
QUEEN OF CAROLINA - ClayBank*
BIG IVY - Resonant Rogues*
GARDEN - The Whispering Tree - Elie Brangbour (France) and Eleanor Kleiner*
THE GUILTY AND THE INNOCENT - Andy White (Ulstèr)
LITTLE ROSES - Melanie Dekker (Canada)
SEPARATION BLUES - John Cee Stannard (Albion)
NOTHING MATTERS ANY MORE - Richard Sutton (Albion)
YOU WILL - Bonnie Pointer*
ROCKING CHAIR - Lazy Afternoon (Konungariket Sverig featuring (lead vocals and guitar) Pontus Nordborg
THE WEEPING WILLOW - BlackieBlueBird (Kongeriget Danmark) featuring Heidi Lindahl (lead vocals) and Nils Lassen
HOLEY HA'PENNY/THE TYNE BRIDGE - instrumental - The Kathryn Tickell Band (Albion)

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online*, to Renfrewshire by Paisley FM 107.5, (with DAB+ to Glasgow) and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) with a 10am - midday Friday repeat, then Saturdays (10pm-midnight) on 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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4 days ago

FOLKAL POINT - 383 - MAY 23/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

GO HOME AND GET LONELY - Stevie Lee Woods*
HEART B4 THE HEAD - The Smoking Flowers*
HARD TIMES - Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram*
WEIGHTLESS - The BeauBowBelles (Albion)
BACK IN YOUR ARMS - Buckwheat Zydeco* (Stanley Joseph Dural Junior)
TWENTY STOREYS HIGH - Leaf Rapids (Canada) featuring (lead vocals) Kerri Latimer
CONVERSATION WITH MY HEART - Doug Collins & The Receptionists*
ON MY MIND - Steph Cameron (Canada)
THE HEART IS AN OCEAN - Faris Nourallah*
HOLE IN YOUR HEART - Tia McGraff (Canada)
OPEN ROAD - Paul McKenna Band (Scotia)
NEVER CHANGE YOUR MIND - Heathcote Hill* featuring (lead vocals) Megan Porcaro Herspring and (guitar solo) Ann Klein
LONG ROAD (Dead Man's Dream) - Cory M Coons (Canada)
WEATHERBEATEN - Katie Spencer (Albion)
WHAT MAKES YOU - instrumental - Elephant Sessions (Scotia), appearing live on May 24 in Galashiels (Volunteer hall), Knockengorrach World Ceilidh, Galloway (May 26), the Tolbooth, Stirling (May 30), Perth Theatre (May 31), The Gathering, Inverness (June 1), Oban Live (June 7) and Killin Music Festival on June 15
WAY WAY BACK - The Campfire Flies* featuring (lead vocals) Deena Shoshkes
ALL THE WAYS I FEEL FOR YOU - Levi Parham* with Them Tulsa Boys and Girls
QUEEN AMANG THE HEATHER - Iona Fyfe (Scotia), appearing live on May 24 for Perth Festival of the Arts at St Matthew's Church, Tay Street
FRIEND OF MINE - (Eric and Leigh) The Gibson Brothers*
TAKE ME HOME - Sofia Talvik (Deutschland/Konungariket Sverige) youtu.be/XfCgU4VvMbI
YOU DROVE ME CRAZY - Dan Navarro* and (duet vocals) Janiva Magness*
FACE THE MUSIC - Tamara Stewart*/Australia
MISSING PERSONS - Chris Cleverley (Albion) with Kim Lowings (Albion) on harmony vocals. Chris is appearing live on May 31 at Partick Folk Club, St Peter's Hall, Chancellor Street, Glasgow and Dunfermline Folk Club (meeting at the Glen Tavern, Pittencrieff Street) on June 5
QUEEN OF HEARTS/ROYAL TEA - Sierra Hull*
VALENTINE - Curse of Lono (Albion)
YOU SHALL NOT PASS - Suzanne Jarvie (Canada)
EVENING SUN - John Cee Stannard (Albion)
THREE WONDERFUL WORDS - Ken Pomeroy*
DIXIE SUNSET - instrumental - Rudi Ekstein*/Republik Österreich

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online*, to Renfrewshire by Paisley FM 107.5, (with DAB+ to Glasgow) and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) with a 10am - midday Friday repeat, then Saturdays (10pm-midnight) on 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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2 weeks ago

FOLKAL POINT - 382 - MAY 16/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell - Music

BE AROUND MY DARLIN' - Resonant Rogues*
WHY YOU GOTTA BE LIKE THAT? - Missouri Mile*
I'M NOT LONG FOR THIS WORLD - Chris Cleverley (Albion) with
(backing vocals) Steph Gabb (Albion). Chris is appearing live on May 31 at Partick Folk Club, St Peter's Hall, 66 Chancellor Street, Glasgow and Dunfermline Folk Club (June 5) meeting at the Glen Tavern on Pittencrieff Street
JUST ME LEAVING - Kristy Cox (*/Australia)
AFTERGLOW - Robb Murphy (Ulstèr)
THAT IS ALL - Kate Fenner*/Canada
HOME FROM THE FOREST - Còig (Canada), appearing live on June 1 at CatStrand, New Galloway, Glenfarg Folk Club, Kinross (June 3) the Universal hall, Findhorn (June 5), An Lantair, Stornoway (June 6), the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (June 7) and the Tolbooth, Stirling on June 8
LITTLE SAILOR - The Whispering Tree*
INTO THE GREY - Tim Isberg (Canada)
BY THE RIVER - The Alvarez Theory (Albion) featuring (lead vocal) Diana-Maria Diehl (España/Deutchland/Albion)
THE FAIRY MAN - Rachel Newton (Scotia) with (guest vocals) Adam Holmes (Scotia). Rachel's appearing live on May 23 at the Barn, Banchory
MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers*
THE THINGS YOU LEFT BEHIND - Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers*
CROSSING - instrumental - Talisk (Scotia)
(There are No) ORDINARY DAYS - Jason McNiff (Albion)
PLACE OF MILK AND HONEY - Fiona Boyes */Australia
TRY ME - Jarrod Dickenson*
GRACE AND HARMONY - Kerri Powers*
CIGAR AND A GLASS OF WINE - Aaron McMahon*
HURRY UP - Good Lovelies (Canada)
JOHNNY CASH ON THE RADIO - John Francis*
HE STARTED BUILDING MY MANSION IN HEAVEN TODAY - Rachel Harrington*
FREAKING OUT - Christian Draghi (Repubblica Italiana)
DANCERS - Campbeltown's Anne Leith and Les Oman with their setting of a poem by Kintyre's Angus Martin
BURST INTO FLAMES - Whistler's Father* featuring Tim Bennett
THE GOLDEN VANITY - Iona Fyfe (Scotia), appearing live on May 24 at St Matthew's Church, Tay Street, for Perth Festival of the Arts
LORD THOMAS - Stringed Migration*
EVERY TIME - Lazy Afternoon (Konungariket Sverige) featuring (lead vocals) Cristina Säfsten
JOHN HENRY - instrumental - Dan Cunningham*

FOLKAL POINT is broadcast ​​simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm - midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio - 97.4 FM and online*, to Renfrewshire by Paisley FM 107.5, (with DAB+ to Glasgow) and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 106.6 FM and online.
Folkal Point timeshifts on Crystal FM 107.4 from Penicuik, serving south-west Midlothian (Thursdays,11 pm -1 am) with a 10am - midday Friday repeat, then Saturdays (10pm-midnight) on 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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