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 14/09/2019

(Latest News image Tokyo Rosenthal tour dates & Latest Show image Rodrigo y Gabriela -Photograph: Rick Kern/Getty Images )

A few news worthy items…

  • Oh Susanna (Canada), appearing live on September 14 in Glasgow at the Glad Cafe, Shawlands Cross, for the Fallen Angels Club
  • Tim Grimm Family Band*. Tim’s appearing live on September 24 with multi-instrumentalist son Jackson (guitar/banjo and mandolin) at Leith folk club which meets at the Victoria Park House Hotel
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela (Kingdom of Nepal/ नेपाल अधिराज्य) /México) and featuring Havana’s 13-strong C.U.B.A. (Republic of Cuba). R and G are appearing live on September 26 at the O2 Academy, Glasgow
  • TOKYO ROSENTHAL is flagging up his forthcoming round of Scots dates with this visual reminder of when and where you can catch him live from later this month. Just don’t expect him to don a kilt and play the pipes along the way…with Neil Bob Herd and Paul Fitzgerald
  • The Felice Brothers appearing live in Glasgow on January 24 next year at the Old Fruitmarket for Celtic Connections


Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 400 – SEPTEMBER 19 /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

ALWAYS MEANT TO  BURN – Nelson Brothers (*/Albion), featuring (lead vocal) Tim Hopkins*
COCAINE COWBOYS – Ana Egge (*/Canada/Kongeriket Norge)
SINGING GRASS – The Hoth Brothers*
PUT YOUR BACK INTO IT – Shotgun Tori & The Hounds (Republic of South Africa)
ANY GIVEN MOMENT – Jaimie Michaels*
DIABLO ROJO – instrumental – Rodrigo y Gabriela (Kingdom of Nepal/ नेपाल अधिराज्य) /México) and featuring Havana’s 13-strong C.U.B.A. (Republic of Cuba).
DAYS OF THE YEARS (OF MY LIFE) – Felice Brothers*
EMERALD EYES – Andy Michaels (Australia) featuring (lead vocals) Tiarna Madison (Australia)
ANOTHER HONKY TONK SONG – Richard Lynch* and Leona Williams*
ALREADY GONE – Alicia Witt*
NOTHING HAPPENS HERE – Phil Matthews (Albion)
LIVE LIKE YOU LOVE – Ashley Puckett*
THIS MINSTREL LIFE – Tokyo Rosenthal*
CARRICKFERGUS – instrumental – The Meadows (Cymru)
DO FOR MYSELF – Mesciya Lake* & The Little Big Horns*
BEAUTY AND RUIN – David Starr*
ALABASTER – Oh Susanna (Canada)
COME BACK HOME – Whatley & Co*
LEAVING SO SOON – Jenn Rawling & Basko Parks*
MY SUNLIGHT – Turbo Widget*
LOOKIN’ THE WORLD – Maria Muldaur*
MAKIN’ THINGS UP AS I GO – Jeremy Parsons*
DARK WOODS – Mean Mary James*
BITTER GREEN – Mara Levine*
STAYING IN LOVE – Tim Grimm Family Band*.
WRONG HOUSE – instrumental Outside Track (Scotia/Eire/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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