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 18/08/2019

(Latest News image Ewan McIntyre Band & Latest Show image Skerryvore)

A few news worthy items…

  • Rowan Rheingans (Albion), appearing live from August 21 to 26 – evenings, 6pm –  at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/rowan-rheingans-dispatches-on-the-red-dress
  • Ewan Macintyre band, appearing live on August 21 at Dunfermline Folk Club, The Glen Tavern, Pittencrieff Street, Harbour Arts, Harbour Street, Irvine (Aug 23), and the Piano Drome, Studio 19, Custom House, 65/67 Commercial St. Leith, Edinburgh on August 24.
  • John Macfadyen of Melfort/Donald MacLellan of Rothesay  appearing live on August 30 for Cowal Highland Gathering in the Gig At The Gathering (Dunoon stadium)
  • Beinn Lee, appearing live on August 30 for Cowal Highland Gathering in the Gig At The Gathering (Dunoon stadium) which also features Glasgow band Headland and Argyll favourites Heron Valley. Beinn Lee also appears on the Ceilidh Tent programme in the stadium the following afternoon when Skerryvore tops the bill which introduces Kintyre six-piece Rhuvaal and harmonica maestro Donald Black. Donald Black, appearing live from 12.15pm on August 31 with his band – guitarist Donnie Mackenzie and multi-instrumentalist Allan Nairn (standing in for regular keyboard-accordion player Martainn Skene) – in the Ceilidh Tent at the Cowal  Highland Gathering in Dunoon Stadium
  • Oh Susanna (Canada), appearing live on September 14 in Glasgow at the Glad Cafe, Shawlands Cross, for the Fallen Angels Club


Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 396 – August 22/2019 (*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


MY GIRLISH DAYS – Phoebe Snow* with David Bromberg*


DID YOU KNOW? – Rebecca Pronsky*

RIVER OF LOVE – Dennis Roger Reid*

AHEAD OF MYSELF – Mo Kenney (Canada)

NATALIE – Ewan Macintyre Band (Scotia)

LINES – Rowan Rheingans (Albion), 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Felice Brothers* (Ian and James) are billed to appear live in Glasgow next January for Celtic Connections 2020 with their band including (newish) drummer Jesske Hume*

THE CURSE – Annie Oakley*

SAY YES – Amitay Lev (ישראל)

YO AIN’T WOMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE MY MAN – Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns*

OLD SONG – Boo Hewerdine (Albion)

WELL DONE THE DANCERS: John Macfadyen of Melfort/Donald MacLellan of Rothesay – instrumental – Beinn Lee (Scotia)

OWN SWEET WAY – Ryan Brooks (Albion)

WHEN I GET WHERE I’M GOING – Kae Shelby (Canada)

A GUILTY MAN – Rod Picott*

PERFECT Blue – Elle Valenci (La France)

LIVE FOREVER – Skerryvore (Scotia)

THE GOOD IN GOODBYE – Nelson Brothers (*/Albion), featuring (lead vocal) Gretchen Wilson*

POLK SALAD ANNIE – Tony Joe White* with Robert Cray*

SUNDOWN TOWN – Letitia VanSant*

THWE WEARING OF THE BLACK – Bob Bradshaw (*/Eire) with

(harmony vocals) Annie Lynch*


MOON – Effigie – La France

SHINE ON – Lost Hollow* (Tommy and Lorrie Harden)

SHE’S THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT – Root Cellar Xtract*

NEW ISLAND WALTZ – instrumental – Donald Black (Scotia) and Charlie McCoy*, plus Alec Dalgliesh (Scotia) on electric guitar.


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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