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 13/01/2021
Latest News Image (CAMRA – Fokal Point)
Latest Show Image (Deborah Crooks Copyright)

HOW much worse can it get? No live music, libraries shuttered, bookshops not deemed ‘essential’ and pubs merely a fond memory.

Imagine: a whole year’s worth of Camra vouchers languishing unredeemed.

Meanwhile, Satan finds mischief for idle hands. Like boxed-set binge viewing, endless rolling news on cable TV, jigsaws and crossword puzzles, even investigating the ins and outs of macramé. Or home brewing on an indu­strial scale.

I’ll admit to fleetingly engaging in two of those pastimes (feel free to speculate on which those may be, but I’ll give you a clue – neither is macramé!) and that’s only because the recurring joy of curating ­radio programming usually expands to fill however much spare time threatens to engulf my waking hours.

What transcends lockdown limitations and simultaneously sparks the imagination? For me – and you, I hope – that’s radio. Armchair travellers unite around your streaming services – whether that’s a good, old-fashioned tranny or one of the new-fangled audio delivery platforms.

And as ever, Folkal Point will meet you there! Unless you happen to live in the Shetland archipelago – where Scotland’s most northerly broadcaster has quietly dropped the programme without discussion. Can’t blame Covid for that though, can we…


Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 469 – JANUARY 14 2021 (*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

NOTHING WRONG WITH ME –  Gregory Page (*/Albion)
STICK HORSE – Amy La Vere*
FALLEN LEAVES – The Seldom Scene*
THE JANUARY GIRL – The Foxglove Trio (Albion/Cymru)
MERRY-GO-ROUND – Metro Expo (Royaume de Belgique)a k a Fred Marcoty
TOAST – The Marriage (Scotia/Albion)
STARTING NOW – Richard Lynch*
NUMBER ONE IS TO SURVIVE – The Textones* featuring Carla Olson
OPAL AND THE BEAR – Copper Viper (/Scotia/Albion)
MEAN TO ME – Melanie Dekker (Canada)
HAPPIER – Pale Moon (España/Iceland/Сибирь)
PANIOLA – B J Cole (albion) and Dave Eastoe
NEVER THE BRIDE – Linda Thompson (*/Albion)
1790 – instrumental – Jason Doll-Steinberg (Albion)
BORDERLINE – Paul Wilkinson*
WHAT IF I – Andrea Jacoby (Repubblica Italiana)
A LONG DECEMBER – Karen Jonas*
WHAT IF I – Benjamin Lazar Davis (Albion)
BREAKING AND ENTERING – Sarah Jane Scouten (Canada)
FIREFLIES DANCING – Ben Glover (*/Ulstèr) with (guitar) Colm MacClean (Ulstèr) and (vocals) Megan McCormick*
LONG ROADS – Deborah Crooks* (pictured)
TIME TO LEARN – The Ebony Hillbillies*
I ALWAYS WANT YOU NEAR – Clanna (Ulstèr)
GREEN ROLLING HILLS – Bill Harrell & The Virginians*
BLINK – Boo Sutcliffe (Albion)
GOD’S BEAUTIFUL HILLS – Price Sisters* (Lauren and Leanna)
I’M FREE – The Celtic Social Club (Ulstèr)
ALL I EVER WANTED – Steve Yanek*
SLINKY HULA – instrumental – B J Cole (Albion) and Dave Eastoe


FOLKAL POINT, now in its 48th year, 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),  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, and listeners across Cowal have a second chance to catch the programme on DCR between 10pm and midnight on Sundays.

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