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Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald

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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 25/11/2020
Latest News Image (Copyright Boxin’ The Vox)
Latest Show (Copyright Greentrax – Fraser Bruce )

FROM Dutch duo Boxin’ The Vox with its penchant for making Irish-flavoured music to Pale Moon – a couple based in Barcelona but hailing from Iceland and Siberia respectively – Folkal Point’s Thanksgiving playlist maintains its global focus with typical disregard for artificial barriers. The seriousness of our Covid-ravaged times is highlighted in the thoughtful 2020 Vision by America’s ever-perceptive Danny Schmidt while Swedish band Lazy Afternoon  lightens the mood with its wondrous mash-up of country stylings spiced with Tex-Mex, Cajun, a smattering of Scandi – and an ever-so-slightly-accented vocal in English. Plus new songs from Scotland’s Pauline Alexander and Yvonne Lyon (with a little help from Eddi Reader!) and a jokey offering from Appalachia’s Dan Cunningham casting himself as Stinky Joe. The law of averages persuades me that there’s simply bound to be something in there that could make you stop and listen. So why not check it out?

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 462 – NOVEMBER 26th 2020 (*American artistes)

FOLKAL POINT  is curated by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald at Raidió Coharra in rural Co Armagh with www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

LOOK AWAY SUNCHILD – Matthew McDaid (Ulstèr/España)
BLEED ME AN OCEAN – Gabriel & The Apocalypse*
PATIENCE – Simon Scardanelli (Breizh/Albion)
GET TO THE PART – Amanda Rheaume (Canada)
2020 VISION – Danny Schmidt*
TRAIN WON’T WAIT FOR ME -Ten Penny Gypsy*
COMPASS HILL – Yvonne Lyon (Scotia) with (guest vocals) Eddi Reader (Scotia)
HOLY PLACE – Paul Wilkinson*
PRETEND LOVE – Tawny Ellis*
FALLEN LEAVES – Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers*
TOMORROW IS A BIRD – Guilia Millanta ( (*/Repubblica Italiana)
JOHN THOMSON – Fraser Bruce (Scotia)
TIGHTROPE – Melanie Peterson (Canada)
YOUR LOVE IS LIKE THE LONE RANGER – The 19th Street Band*
JEWEL OF A 100 YEARS: Gillie Calum & Duntroon Castle – instrumental – fiddler Erin Smith (Scotia) with Dennis Morrison (piano) and Martin Macleod (bass)
STRANGER – Pale Moon (España/Iceland/Сибирь)
GET ON THE MAIN HIGHWAY – Price Sisters*
SLOW DANCER – Grant Peeples*
THE DREAMER – Pauline Alexander (Scotia) and (guitar) Sandy Stanard (Scotia)
IF THERE’S A GOD OUT HERE – Steve Bonham (Albion) & The Long Road
CLOSE – Boxin’ The Vox (Netherlands) a k a David Plasmeijer (lead vocal, banjo and lute) and Anne-Lotte Paymans (guitar/vocals)
FLOWER OF FORGIVENESS – Kris Delmhorst*
STINKY JOE – Dan Cunningham*
HONEST JOHN – Paula Ryan (Albion/Eire)
WILD – Lazy Afternoon (Konungariket Sverige)
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP – Vanessa Peters*
TENNESSEE – G F Patrick*
OLD BROKEN HEART – Susanna Rose*
TOO TIRED FOR DRINKING – Ry Cavanaugh*
CANNONBALL BLUES/COLUMBUS STOCKADE BLUES – instrumental – Josh Graves*

BROADCASTING ON….

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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