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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Latest News

Updated 23/09/2020
Latest News Image Kelly Zirbes (Copyright)
Latest Show Saskia Griffiths-Moore (Copyright)

THE latest album from North Hollywood-based Kelly’s Lot, its 15th release, emerged last month and a couple of the new songs are aired on Folkal Point this week.

As ever, front woman, singer and songwriter Kelly Zirbes – pictured – comes up with her own mix of folk, alt country, a hint of blues and – whisper it – even a rollicking take on an ‘Irish’ song among the dozen tracks on ‘Another Sky’.

You’ll perhaps be surprised (I was quite charmed by The Irish Luck, but then I live in Ireland!), and there’s a further hint of Celtic undertones in the roots rocker I Will Find You Again. The duet ‘Tangled’ features a rare vocal outing for the group’s multi-instrumentalist Doug Pettibone who also shares co-production credits.

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FOLKAL POINT – 453 – SEPTEMBER 24th 2020 (*American artistes)

FOLKAL POINT  is curated by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald at Raidió Coharra in rural Co Armagh with www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

FIERY EYES – Prinz Grizzley, aka Chris Comper (Republik Österreich)
TWO HANDS – John Townes Van Zandt*
THE OFFERING – Xanthe Alexis*
ENOUGH TO DRINK – Tom Walters (Albion)
THE IRISH LUCK – Kelly’s Lot*
EDENDALE – David Haerle*
SOCKS NO SHOES – instrumental – Steve Crawford (Deutschland/Scotia) and Spider Mackenzie (Scotia)
DIAMONDS – The Marriage (Scotia/Albion)
IF YOU GO WEST – Tom Fairnie (Scotia) with (harmony vocals) Karen Dietz and Gracie Brill*
THERE’S A RECORD BOOK – The Chigger Hill Boys with (lead vocals) Terri Argot*
MAY MORNING DEW – Jack Sharp (Albion)
THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE – The Forbes Family*
LIFE IS FOR LIVING – Elis Macfadyen (Scotia)
SCREAMING INTO THE VOID – Ella Harp (Jenkins)*
BERNERA BLUES – instrumental – Steve Crawford (Deutschland/Scotia) and Spider Mackenzie (Scotia)
GOOD OLE DAYS – Jeremy Parsons*
ALL I REMEMBER IS YOU – Heathcote Hill* featuring (lead vocal) Megan Porcaro Herspring and (guitars) Tom Nelson
STRANGER THAN TODAY – The Reverend (sic) Shawn Amos and the Brotherhood*
WHISKEY SONG – Amberley Chalberg*
KISS ME IN THE MORNING – Levi Parham & Them Tulsa Boys & Girls*
CRUEL MOTHER – Fay Hield (Albion)
DIFFERENT – Simon Scardanelli (Breizh/Albion)
TANGLED – Kelly’s Lot* featuring (duet) Doug Pettibone* and Kelly Zirbes*
SHADES OF GREY – John Cee Stannard (Albion)
BEST OF YOU – Saskia Griffiths-Moore (Albion)
LET HIM DREAM – Greg Copeland*
SLOWBURN – Mesciya Lake & The Little Big Horns*
HONEST MAN – Matt Anderson (Canada)
THIS SONG WON’T GET PLAYED ON THE RADIO – instrumental – Darren Michael Boyd (Canada)



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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