Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald


Colin Macdonald

FOLKAL POINT has settled into its hour-long format without obviously outraging either listeners or those loyal radio stations at home and abroad which currently support the long-running programme as it heads, unfussily, towards its 50th anniversary.

Regular listeners were reassured to find that in its now-regular  60-minute slot, weekly focus remains on diverse alternatives from folk to rock by way of all good things between.

Whether often exclusively previewing forthcoming material, highlighting current releases, or recalling often-forgotten gems from decades, genres and performers past, Folkal Point always treats music, musicians and listeners seriously.

And the programme remains equally fiercely resistant to barriers, contrived labels and snake-oil peddlers. Curator Colin MacDonald revels in his creation’s quixotic role as a one-off, joyously-maverick champion for all on this fragile blue planet who seek meaningful words and music to orchestrate human existence.

New readers (and listeners) might be surprised to learn that Folkal Point  has been around in one form or another for almost half a century since first stumbling half-formed on to the midnight airwaves of nascent Radio Clyde in the first week of January 1974.

What a leap of faith that was for all concerned…

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IT USED to be said, and with an unavoidable amount of truth, that you know you are getting older when policemen start to look younger.

There’s another youthful reminder of the rising generation this week in the music-making of a brace of teenagers from Oklahoma and the Kingdom of Fife, respectively.

The elder of these is Ken Pomeroy, a 19-year-old Cherokee who already has three albums to her credit.

The latest, Christmas Lights in April includes the single Joan (on this week’s playlist) alongside other songs she penned from the age of 14.

“Being young and not exactly sure how you feel is difficult in and of itself. Previously I used a lot of metaphor to mask what I was actually trying to say and left it up to the listener to decide what their take on it was and how it resonated with them” she tells us.

“Writing songs and having other people perceive your feelings that you aren’t even sure about is a whole other experience.

“I have recently tried to write more honest songs and be okay with people knowing what I am feeling”.

Meanwhile Hungarian-born Hannah Oleh, who was brought up in the Scottish Highlands – has adopted the persona of Hannyta and weighs in at the tender age of 17.

The youngster who lives in the town of Rosyth on the Firth of Forth (north of Edinburgh) had already released a string of successful cover versions before her debut single Wildflower which has already generated digital interest in South Africa.

Clearly, it is never too soon to start if your heart is set on a musical career.

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FOLKAL POINT – 515 – DECEMBER 02 2021 – is curated at Raidió Coharra by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald in rural Co Armagh (*American artistes) and the web page www.folkalpoint.scot gifted by an old friend Robin Campbell – Music

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Programme Set Updated 02/12/2021

COULD I KNOCK ONCE AGAIN ON YOUR DOOR? – Jeremy Stephens* (banjo and lead vocal) with (harmony vocal) Corrina Rose Logston and Mike Bub (bass)
STAY A WEE WHILE – Christine Weir (South Africa/Scotia), in memory of her brother Graham who recites a fragment of the Afrikaans poem, Diep Rivier by Eugene Marais
WALK T0 THE RIVER – Jeffrey Halford & The Healers* (featuring Hannah Halford)
IGNORANCE – I Am A Rocketship (*/Konungariket Sverige)
PLAN B – Maria Wilman (Albion/ España)
MY OH MY – Marc Germino*
JOAN – Ken Pomeroy*
WILDFLOWER – Hannyta, formerly Hannah Olah (Scotia/ Magyar Népköztársaság)
A DRUNKEN BORE – Markham Monk ((Deutschland/Albion)
SET YOU FREE – Soulful Femme* featuring Stevee Wellons (vocals) and Cheryl Rinovato (guitars)
THE OTHER MAN – Cua (Eire/Scotia) featuring John Davidson (lead vocal)
THE LITTLE CONTORTIONIST set (tunes: Cathy’s Corner/We Danced All Night/The Little Contortionist)  – instrumental – fiddler Shane Cook (Canada)


FOLKAL POINT, now in its 48th year, is broadcast simultaneously (Thursdays, 10pm)  across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online*, by MKB Independent Radio online from Scotland to the world, from Dunfermline to West Fife online by Radio West Fife, across Renfrewshire by Paisley FM107.5, (with DAB+ to greater Glasgow),  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) with a 10.00am – midday Friday repeat, then Saturdays (10pm) 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 Fifers have a second chance on Sunday to catch the programme on Radio West Fife (9pm) and on DCR across the Cowal Peninsula between 10.00pm.

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