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 20/05/2020
Latest News Image NHS (Public Domain) Latest show image Black Feathers (Copyright)



Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 435 – MAY 21/2020 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, is curated by its creator, veteran producer-presenter Colin MacDonald, now cloistered in rural self isolation at Raidió Coharra in Co Armagh, and his FP website www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell – music

Folkal Point continues the lockdown listening theme by airing another archived edition first broadcast on February 18 in 2016

GOODBYE TOMORROW – The Black Feathers (Albion)
THIS DRESS – Carly Dow (Canada)
WON’T BE COMING HOME – Lucky Bones (Eire)
WHY CAN’T YOU BE? – Shelby Lynne*
LATENIGHT BLUE – Gavin Sutherland (Scotia)
UNION STREET- Kara (Россия/Albion)
GUADELUPE – Penny Nichols*
THE LUMBERJACK, YOU AND ME – Ultan Conlon (Eire)
TOKYO’S DANCING – Miranda Lee Richards*
COME HELL OR HIGH RIVER – Tim Isberg (Canada)
CARRY ON – Yael Meyer (Republica de Chile/*)
IS IT A SIN? – David Rice*
QUE MANERA DE PERDER (What A Waste) – Carrie Rodriguez* and Luke Jacobs*
THE GARDENER’S MARCH – instrumental – Chris Waite (Albion)
JUST SO MUCH – Jesse Winchester*
SOME SONG – Kate Campbell*
ONE BOY’S TREASURE – Kieran Goss (Eire)
IT’S OVER – Kristina Stykos*
RAMBLING SAILOR – A L (Bert) Lloyd (Albion)
IF TIES DON’T BIND – Buford Pope (Konungariket Sverige)
WARS O’ GERMANIE – Wendy Weatherby (Scotia)
FIREWORKS – Echo Bloom*
ASHES OF ANGELS – Black aka Colin Vearncombe (Albion
COLORADO RAIN – Rachel Garlin*
FREE SPIRIT- Ben River (Albion)
AFTER THE LAST BELL RINGS – Alan Kelly Gang (Eire) featuring Steph Geremia* on vocals
TO THE SEA – David Berkeley*
SAMUELINE – instrumental – Boreas (Scotia/Kongeriket Norge)


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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