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Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald

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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.

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Updated 07/04/2020
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FOLKAL POINT – 429 – APRIL 9/2020 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 46th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald variously at the Glasgow studios of HBS in Anderston and the Ulstèr studio of Raidió Coharra in Co Armagh.  www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

FOLKAL POINT will go time travelling again this week (from 10pm on Thursday) with another raid on its substantial archives, creating a second chance to hear a programme you may just have missed when it was first broadcast. As long as you ignore out-of-date gig info, timeless words and music may help to bolster your spirits in these difficult times as the world responds to the grim threat of an invisible but deadly enemy.

WHEN LOVE IS RIGHT – Songwriterz (Kongeriget Danmark) featuring Heidi Lindahl (lead vocals) and Michael Henriksen
THE PUB – The Nickel Slots*
LUCKY STAR – Oh Susanna aka Suzie Ungerleider (Canada)
THE BLINK OF AN EYE – Ultan Conlon (Eire)
ORDINARY WOMAN – The Screaming Orphans (Eire)
SEA OF LIGHTS – Jeremy Nail*
THE FISHERMAN SPEAKS – Anne Leith and Les Oman (Scotia), with their setting of words by Kintyre poet George Campbell Hay (1915-84)
I SANG THE SONG – John Prine* with Mac Wiseman*
RIDE OF DARKNESS – Red Velvet (Albion)
I’M AFRAID OF HIM – Frost Duo*, featuring (lead vocals) LeahBeth Evans*
BY NOW I WOULD BE DEAD – Harry ‘Junior’ Sisk*
WHEN THE NIGHT COMES DOWN – Beautiful Things*
JOE PURDY – Dan Krikorian*
CAROLINA CHIMES – instrumental – Rudi Ekstein (*/Republik Österreich)
ON THE WATER – Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers*
WANDER THROUGH THIS LAND – Hannah Rarity (Scotia)
THE SPEED OF LIFE – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band*
TILL I’M TOO OLD – Amanda Cook*
SCARS – John Kilzer*
DON’T GIVE UP – Martha L Healy (Scotia)
HEALING AND HURT – Steve Hewitt (Albion)
SONS OF ADAM, DAUGHTERS OF EVE – Luna Neptune (Scotia)
TUG OF THE UNDERTOW – Mudfish (Konungariket Sverige)
POWER TO LEAVE – Danni Nicholls (Albion)
THE DARKER SIDE OF YOU – Chip Taylor*
A SAILOR’S FAREWELL TO THE SEA – Eddi Reader (Scotia)
IF IT WERE ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU – ClayBank*
BEYOND THE STORM – Tomorrow Bird (Albion)
WINDOWSILLS – instrumental – Ben Morgan-Brown (Albion)

BROADCASTING ON….

FOLKAL POINT 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, across Renfrewshire by Paisley FM107.5, (with DAB+ to greater Glasgow), by 60 North Radio from Shetland, 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 60 North Radio from Shetland offers a Saturday repeat between 9-11pm and listeners across Cowal have a second chance to catch the programme on DCR between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.

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