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 7/10/2019

(Latest News image & Latest Show image – Blank)

A few news worthy items…

  • Judith Owen (Cymru), appearing live in Glasgow on October 8 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street
  • Willy Porter, is appearing live on October 11 at the Arcadia Music Cafe, Biggar, South Lanarkshire
  • The Felice Brothers appearing live in Glasgow on January 24 next year at the Old Fruitmarket for Celtic Connections


Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 403 – OCTOBER 10 /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

STEALIN’ – North Mississippi All-Stars*
BLACKHEART – Janet Martin*
TURN TO STONE – Chas Rigby (Albion)
PICTURE – Elizabeth & Jameson (Albion)
UNDER THE CHESTNUT TREE – The Orphan Brigade (Ulstèr/*)
NORTHERN GIRLS – Man The Lifeboats (Albion)
TREELINE – Tony McLoughlin (*/Eire)
GRAVITAS – Shotgun Tori & The Hounds (Republic of South Africa)
MY BIRD CAN SING – Willy Porter* with (harmony vocals) Carmen Nickerson. He’s appearing live on October 11 at the Arcadia Music Cafe, Howieston Square, Biggar, South Lanarkshire
HIGHWAY RIDER – Carter Sampson trio (Canada), appearing live on October 29 at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh and (November 5) at The Admiral, Waterloo Street, Glasgow
CAUGHT OUT IN THE RAIN – Kaurna Cronin (Australia) with (harmony vocals) Jess Day (Australia)
CIVET DE CHEVREUIL (Deer stew!)/APPELLE LA DAME – instrumental – Topette! (Albion/La France)
DREAM GIRL – Bourbon Express* featuring (lead vocal) Katie Curley
LAY IT ALL ON ME – Blackberry Smoke*
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE – Crystal Armentrout*
DRINKING STILL – Shoebox Letters*
BACKWATER BLUES – Mesciya Lake and the Little Big Horns*
LAST TEN YEARS WITH YOU – Marti Brom & Her Rancho Notorious*
ETA CARINAE – Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra (Albion/Scotia), appearing live on October 18 in Glasgow at the Stereo cafe bar and, on October 19, at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen (with Glasgow’s Awkward Family Portraits)
INCENDIARY HEART – Andy Michaels (Australia) and featuring (lead vocal) Tiarna Madison (Australia)
NAPLES – Chip Taylor*
SANDHILLS – Becky Phillips*
THE 15TH OF OCTOBER – Volume Five*
SUMMER LONGING – Antoine & Owena (Albion/Cymru)
ITCHY FINGERS, CLUMSY LOVERS – instrumental – The American Rogues (*/Canada)


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, (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’ and airs a Friday repeat from midday, 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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