Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald


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.

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Programme Set Updated 14/04/2021

Latest News Image – Estelle California  (Credit Bill Reitzel)
Latest Show Image – (Copyright Estelle)

HAPPILY embracing her new lifestyle in sunny California is a French-born singer-songwriter whose transition from a life of hardship to new chapters of glorious strength affirms how music can lead from darkness to light.

Based in Oakland these past eight years, Estelle’s circumstances are a far cry from her bleak European childhood darkened by oppression and violence.

In her native country she suffered physical and mental abuse and existed in an environment where many others were also routinely discriminated against.

Then came realisation of the refuge that was music. First resc­ued by piano, which she learned to play at age five, music continued to provide escape as she studied the saxophone and became an addictive dancer.

But Estelle says she truly found her voice at 26 when she began formal opera training.

Although she later spent some time in South Africa, she moved to America’s west coast in 2013 and settled in Oakland, where the warm reception “from a  diverse and respectful community” prompted formal abandonment of her original family name and adoption of California in its place.

“As soon as I arrived in the Bay Area I knew I belonged there!” She cites Oakland’s energy, diverse population and the absence of prejudice and judgment among people of so many backgrounds and cultures as “invigorating.

“California is the love, the family, and the home I have ever dreamed to have. I am forever grateful I met you, California”.

And it is all summed up in Grateful – the title of Estelle’s song in this week’s playlist – from her debut EP My Name Is Freedom.

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FOLKAL POINT – 482 – APRIL 15 2021 – is curated by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald at Raidió Coharra in rural Co Armagh (*American artistes) and the web page www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

ENJOY THE RIDE – Red Dirt Rangers*
SHOW ME THE WAY – Mary Johnson*
CARRY US AWAY – Tim Grimm*
AS LONG AS I LIVE – Wilma Lee Cooper* & The Clinch Mountain Clan
GREENSBORO WOMAN – Townes Van Zandt*
GRATEFUL – Estelle California (*/France)
AFTER THE FLOOD – Ian David Green (Albion)
GOING DOWN SLOW – Karen Carroll* (recorded September 8, 1994) with the Dixie Stompers*: Bill Mason (cornet), the Rev Jimmy Haislip (trombone), Frank Powers (clarinet), John Chapman (piano), Don Franz (tuba) and Wayne Jones (drums)
SADDER THAN A SUNSET – Jesse Aycock* with Allison Moorer and John Fulbright
I LOVE YOU CHARLENE – The Local Honeys* a k a Montana Hobbs and Linda-Jean Stokley
SMALL HOURS – Katie Spencer (Albion) with Alan Thomson (Scotia) and Spencer Couzens (Albion)
CREPUSCOLO – instrumental – Stefano Giardiniere (Deutschland)
K & W – Matt Harlan* duet with Kelley Mickwee*
ON MY WAY – The Twangtown Paramours*
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER – Gregory Page */Albion)
LOVE WILL PREVAIL – Mauri Dark – Hosonen (Suomen tasavalta)
THE SECRET I’LL TAKE TO MY GRAVE – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
BEFORE I FORGET – Wynnm Murphy (Netherlands/*/한국/國)
PLAY THAT SONG AGAIN – Jeffery Straker (Canada)
BABY BLUES – Suzie Ungerleider (Canada)
SYCAMORE – Andrew Howie (Scotia)
PRELUDE IN E MINOR – instrumental- Fiona Joy Hawkins (Australia)


FOLKAL POINT, now in its 48th year, is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm – midnight)  across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online*, by MKB Independent Radio online from Scotland to the world, from Dunfermline to West Fife online by Radio West Fife, across Renfrewshire by Paisley FM107.5, (with DAB+ to greater Glasgow),  242 Radio online “from Edinburgh to the world” 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.

242 Radio from ‘Edinburgh to the world’ airs a Friday repeat from midday, there’s also a Friday airing online from 2pm on MKB Independent Radio, while Fifers have a second chance on Sunday to catch the programme on Radio West Fife (9-11pm) and on DCR across the Cowal Peninsula between 10.00pm and midnight.

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