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 02/12/2019

Latest News Image CUA (Copyright) and Latest Show Image Andy White(Copyright)

  • Cua appearing live on the Star Folk Club, The Admiral, Glasgow (Dec 3), Montrose Folk Club (Dec 5), Blue Lamp, Aberdeen ** (Dec 6), Village hall, West Kilbride ** (Dec 7), Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh ** (Dec 8), Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan ** (Dec 10), Eastgate Theatre, Peebles **( Dec 11) and Kirkcaldy’s Acoustic Music Club on December 12. ** Liverpool-based traditional fiddler and songwriter Mikey Kenney supports on these dates
  • Andy White appearing live on December 6 at the Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, The Doublet, Glasgow (Dec 8) and the Heart of Hawick on December 9
  • Jesse Marchant appearing live in Glasgow on December 13 at the Hug & Pint, Great Western Road (St George’s Cross end!), Glasgow

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 411 – DECEMBER 05/2019 (*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

BACON IN MY BEANS – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers*
OUT OF TIME – Catherine MacLellan (Canada)
SAD SONGS & WALTZES – Keith Whitley*
SHE’S GOT YOU – Elaine Lennon (Scotia)
ATLAS OF LOVE – Union Duke (Canada)
I LOVE YOU WHEN IT RAINS – Kinky Friedman*
NEVER THE BRIDE – Linda Thompson (*/Scotia) and Teddy Thompson (*/Albion)
INNSE GALL – Willie Campbell (Scotia) and featuring Western Isles Youth Choirs from Barra,Uist, Harris and Lewis
BLACK AND WHITE WALTZ – instrumental – Karen Tweed (Scotia/Albion) with Timo Alakotila (Suomi)
WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU DREAM? – Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk*
CIRCLES – Martha Bean (Albion)
I’LL SAY WHEN – Ags Connolly (Albion)
POISON OAK – Sarah Jane Scouten (Canada)
HONOLULU LULU – instrumental – Cej*
NAME OF FAME – Kevin Daniel* with (backing vocals) Shannon Soderlund* of Punch The Sun
MY BEST FOR YOU – May Erlewine*
BIG FISH – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes (Australia)
CROOKED LIFE – Doghouse Roses (Scotia)
I’VE GOT MY FINGER UP MY NOSE – Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers (Albion)
LONELY OWL – Jenn Rawling & Basko Parks*
ARMAGEDDON – Andy White (Australia/Ulstèr)
OWL IN THE DARK – Jesse Marchant*
YOU ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE – Judith Owen (Albion/Cymru)
VILSE BLAND STJÄRNORNA (Lost Among The Stars) – Gibrish (Konungariket Sverige) featuring (lead vocal) Christer Suneson
EVERYTHING ALWAYS WAS – instrumental – Seamus Egan*



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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