Folkal Point

with Colin MacDonald


Colin Macdonald

FOLKAL POINT has shed its regular two-hour format, as the long-running programme heads inexorably to its 50th anniversary. But regular listeners be assured: in its 60-minute slot, weekly focus will still be on diverse alternatives from folk to rock by way of all good things between. Or, as we Scots have been known to cannily observe: guid gear comes in sma’ bulk. Folkal Point  has survived 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. Primarily, perhaps, because it always treats music, musicians and listeners seriously. And remains fiercely resistant to barriers, contrived labels and flash-in-the pan peddlers. Presenter Colin MacDonald, laid back as ever, clearly 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.

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Programme Set Updated 16/09/2021

Latest Show Image – SASKIA GRIFFITHS-MOORE – (Copyright – Aga Tomaszek)
Latest News Image – SASKIA GRIFFITHS-MOORE – (Copyright   -Raphael Cabon)

A GENTLE hands-on therapy that relieves tension in the central nervous system also promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

You may consider that’s a benefit already routinely conferred on regular listeners by skilled singer-songwriters and, I’d agree, especially this week when Saskia Griffiths-Moore’s latest single You And I  is on the Folkal Point playlist.

Her individual – even genre-crossing – approach to acoustic music has struck a chord with audiences from folk clubs to festivals.

But before she embraced this latter-day career as a singer-songwriter, Saskia professional life centred on medical circles where her speciality was craniosacral therapy.

And the practice of CST, as I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you, uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system and thus creates that feel-good factor discussed in the opening paragraph.

Now she’s literally swapped Harley Street for Abbey Road where her imminent second album Where Are We Heading? (out on October 13) was recorded, with her band, at the world-famous studios in North London.

The disc, part of a continuing transatlantic collaboration with US charitable foundation, The Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation Inc., coincides with a 14-date, grassroots tour.

This includes several private house concerts and worshops (not listed) and opens on September 30 at Birmingham’sThimblemill library, includes a public festival appearance in Salcombe (Nov 2), then gigs at the Folk House, Bristol (Nov 3), Goosnargh & Whittingham village hall, Preston  (Nov 5), Glasgow’s Glad Cafe at Shawlands Cross and  Mickleton village hall, Teesdale (Nov 10) with other dates to follow.


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FOLKAL POINT – 504- SEPTEMBER 16 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

FACE TO FACE- Claire Lynch*
TO THE MOON AND BACK – Keegan McEnroe*
SUMMER MOON – Karen Jonas*
AUTUMN LEAVES – The Magpie Arc (Albion/Scotia) featuring Edinburgh’s Adam Holmes on lead vocal
TAKE MY HAND – Connie Smith*
SEPTEMBER – Dave Desmelik
BLUE SKIES – Gráinne Duffy (Eire)
YOU AND I – Saskia Griffiths-Moore (Albion)
MUSKRAT – Mark Schatz & Bryan McDowell*
103 DEGREES – Bay Station* featuring Deborah Cooks (lead vocal) and Kwame Copeland
CLEAR MY MIND – Some Sprouts (Deutschland)
WASHINGTON COUNTY GUITAR – instrumental – Cody Kilby*


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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