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 18/11/2019

Latest News Image Winter Wilson (Copyright) and Latest Show Image Richard Thompson (Copyright)

  • Winter Wilson appearing live on November 22 at Stonehaven folk club, meeting at the community centre, Bath Street, and Stirling folk club on November 25 meeting at Stirling County rugby club’s Bridgehaugh Park on Causewayhead Road
  • Mishra , appearing live on November 23 at Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire and Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, Otago Lane, Glasgow on November 24
  • Katy Hurt  appearing live on November 23 at the Buccleugh Arms, Moffat, Dumfriesshire

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 409 – NOVEMBER 21/2019 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 45th year, is produced and presented by Colin MacDonald in Scotland from the Anderston studios of HBS Glasgow.
www.folkalpoint.scot is sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

SAY IT OUT LOUD – Ags Connolly (Albion)
SOMEONE LIKE YOU – Betsy Phillips*
TAKE YOUR SUITCASE – Bucket Boys (Deutschland)
PUNCH DRUNK – Fargo Railroad Company (Albion)
YESTERDAY’S HEARTACHE – Kristy Cox (*/Australia)
ALBERTA WALTZ – Matt Patershuk (Canada)
IN THE CLEAR – Suzanne Jarvie (Canada)
THE HIGHWAYMAN – Granny’s Attic (Albion)
CANAL SONG – Hannah James (Albion) & the Jigdoll Ensemble
TRE NÄTTER I BERLIN (Three Nights In Berlin) – Slowman (Konungariket Sverige)
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – Katy Hurt (Albion/*)
THE INVISIBLE GIRL – instrumental – James Kahn*
HAUL ME UP – Richard Thompson (*/Albion)
TRUE BLUE MOON – Lynne Hanson (Canada)
BLUENESS – Jungle Boy (Albion)
HEARTACHE – Emily Davis (Australia)
LOVE HAS NO PRIDE – Sister Sadie* featuring (lead vocal) Tina Adair
HERE’S TO MY LIFE – Nothin’ Fancy*
THE REBEL AND THE ROSE – Becky Buller* & Sam Bush*
GHOST (studio) – Winter Wilson (Albion)
GHOST (live) – Winter Wilson (Albion)
THE CAPTAIN’S SONG (Sorley Boy) – The Orphan Brigade (*/Ulstèr) with John Prine*
IF I WANTED YOU – Crystal Armentrout*
SCARLET LETTER – Chris Cleverley (Albion) and (piano/harmony vocals) Kim Lowings (Albion)
THE LAST GOODBYE – instrumental – Miss Scarlett (Canada) & The Madmen


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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