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 20/10/2020
Latest News Image Tim Grim (Jan Lucas-Grim Copyright)
Latest Show Tim Grim (Copyright)

THE need for the protest singer’s focus on injustice has never been more relevant than in our troubled times – but where are the Woody Guthries, Pete Seegers and Bob Dylans among today’s contemporary music makers? Not hiding their potential comment about blatant malpractices in society under some collective bushel for fear of reprisals, we should hope. So let’s commend Tim Grimm, Indiana farmer, former actor, thought-provoking singer-songwriter and family man who has also been called poet laureate of the midwest. His voice – and his message – rings out clearly on songs like “Gonna Be Great”, a master-class in free speech, with lyrics even more telling now in the final weeks before the American election. Then there’s “Woody’s Landlord”, a deep and dark song with lyrics which resonate even more urgently today, and earns its place in this week’s Folkal Point playlist.

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 457 – OCTOBER 22nd 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

LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN – Thee Holy Brothers* (Marvin Etzioni and Willie Aron)
BACK TO YOU – Melanie Peterson (Canada)
WOODY’S LANDLORD – Tim Grimm Family Band*
THE OLDER I GET – Clanna (Ulstèr) aka Clare Hanna
ARROW – Paul Benoit*
LADY LUCK – instrumental – accordionist Sharon Shannon (Eire) with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and featuring Jim Murray (guitar)
I’M NOT THAT LONELY YET – Rhonda Vincent*
FALLING AND FLYING – Astrid (Scotia) aka Willie Campbell and Charlie Clark
WE’LL LOOK FOR STARS – Lynn Miles (Canada)
TOOTHACHE BLUES – The Good Hand* (aka Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith)
MEXICO FLYER – Ten Penny Gypsy* (aka Laura Lynn and Justin Patterson)
OLD MEN NEW TRUCKS – The Pawn Shop Saints* featuring Jeb Parry­­
EVERYWHERE – West of Eden (Konungariket Sverige)
LIKE THE DEVIL READS THE BIBLE – A K (Alo Karlsson) & The Brotherhood (Konungariket Sverige)
ALL I KNOW – Barbara Cassidy Band*
LIEUTENANT McGUIRE’S FAVOURITE/THE CURLEW – instrumental – Erin Smith (Scotia)
DEAD FLOWERS – John Townes Van Zandt
HARD PLACE TO BE – Jack Blackman (Albion )
WOMAN IN SPACE – Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow (Albion)
UNTIL I FOUND YOU – Michael McDermott*
DARK AND STORMY ­WEATHER – Price Sisters* (25-year-old twins Lauren and Leanna)
MAKE IT – Kalyn Fay*
WEDDING DAY DANCE – Scott McClatchy*
DREAM TO WAKE – Troubadours of Divine Bliss* (aka  Aim Me Smiley and Renee Ananda)
CITY IN THE CLOUDS – Rasmus Blomqvist (Konungariket Sverige)
MOVING ON – Rhonda Vincent*
TIME FOR THIS – Ry Cavanaugh*
TURN YE TO ME – Salt House (Scotia) aka Lauren MacColl, Ewan MacPherson and Jenny Sturgeon
THE LITTLE OLD CABIN IN THE LANE – instrumental – Don Reno* and Eddie Adcock*


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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