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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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Updated 08/07/2020
Latest News Image NHS (Public Domain) Latest show image The Tannahill Weavers (Copyright)

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FOLKAL POINT – 442- JULY 9th/2020 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, is curated by its creator, veteran producer-presenter Colin MacDonald, now cloistered in rural self isolation at Raidió Coharra in Co Armagh, and his FP website www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell – music

YOUR lockdown listening on Folkal Point continues this week with an another outing for this edition first broadcast on November 14 last year

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA? – Melanie Safka*
VIRGINIA PLAIN – Bobbo Byrnes*
I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE – Allison Dietz*
EARLY MORNING RAIN – Ags Connolly (Albion)
SINCE I FELL – Carter Sampson Trio*
WEAPON OF PRAYER – The Notting Hillbillies (Albion/ Scotia/) aka Brendan Croker, Guy Fletcher, Mark Knopfler and Steve Phillips
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – C C Grace*
IF I HAD A BOAT – Police Dog Hogan (Albion)
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY – Shotgun Tori & The Hounds (Republic of South Africa)
REBEL YELL – Jigantics (Albion)
HEROES – The Coal Porters (*/Scotia/Albion)
TO LIVE IS TO FLY – The Cowboy Junkies (Canada)
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES – instrumental – The California Feetwarmers*
SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT – The James Brothers: James Fagan (Albion/Australia) and Jamie McClennan (Scotia/New Zealand)
SOLO – Kathryn Roberts (Albion)
SYLVIA’S MOTHER – The Boxmasters*
JOLENE – Rachel Newton (Scotia)
WINDOW UP ABOVE – The Pine Hearts*
WHEN I STOP DREAMING – Raul Malo/Pat Flynn/Rob Ickes & Dave Pomeroy*
LUXURY LINER – Viper Central (Canada)
I GOT A NAME – A J Croce*
YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME LONELY WHEN YOU GO – The Often (Albion/*)
MOON OVER BOURBON STREET – Victor & Penny* (aka Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane)
WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT – Tawny Ellis*
I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD – Colin James (Canada)
DANCING IN THE DARK – Michelle Lewis*
FEEL LIKE GOING HOME – Malford Milligan* & The Southern Aces featuring J W Roy
CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL – instrumental – The Tannahill Weavers (Scotia)

 

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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