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.

Back to top

Latest News

Updated 15/01/2020

Latest News Image Celtic Connections (Copyright) and Latest Show Image Carrington MacDuffie (Copyright)


  • Celtic Connections 16th January – 2nd February 2020
  • Wayward Jane, appearing live on January 19 at Dundee folk club and on January 27 at Glenfarg folk club, Kinross
  • The Local Honeys(Montana Hobbs – vocals, guitar and banjo – and Linda Jean Stokley, vocals, guitar and fiddle), appearing live at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on January 20 and 21 for Celtic Connections
  • Sarah Jane Scouten, appearing live on January 22 at the Craigdarroch Arms, Moniaive, supporting The Aerialists (Canada) whose core members Màiri Chaimbeul (Scottish harp, keyboard, vocals), Elise Boeur (fiddle, vocals), and Adam Iredale-Gray (guitars) are joined on tour by lan Mackie (bass) and  Steven Foster (drums)
  • The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan), appearing live in Glasgow on January 27 at the Royal Concert hall (main auditorium) for Celtic Connections

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 417 – JANUARY 16/2020 (*American artistes)
Folkal Point, in its 46th 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

GLASGOW – Carrington MacDuffie*
I TELL MYSELF – Ad Vanderveen (Netherlands)
BELLS – The Whispering Tree*
AS THE MOON STARTS  TO RISE – The Milk Carton Kids*
PLANNING TO MATTER – Stacking Tombstones*
ERASE YOU – Mejram (Konungariket Sverige) featuring (lead vocal) Amanda Frisk
KENTUCKY WALTZ/TENNESSEE WALTZ – instrumental – Shetland Mandolin Band (Scotia)
POUR ME A DRINK – Kevin Daniel* with Shannon Soderlund* of Punch The Sun
YOU WILL BE THERE – Gretchen Wilson* with the Nelson Brothers (*/Albion)
I LOVE YOU – Sam Lewis*
I DO BELIEVE – Jaron Reid Ravensky (Canada)
HOLD ON – Emily Davis (Australia)
LOST GAL – instrumental – Foghorn Stringband*
THE WALK OF SHAME – (Jonathan) Spottiswoode & His Enemies*
THE ROARING BOY – Neil Cousin with The Julia Sounds (Albion)
DARK SIDE – Sarah Jane Scouten (Canada)
SHE MOVES LIKE A MYSTERY – Frank Migliorellii & The Dirt Nappers*
GUISE O’ TOUGH – Susie & Jim Malcom (Scotia)
MANSION ON THE HILL – Stormy Mondays (Asturies) with Richard Garcia on accordion
NEON AND VELOUR – Tragedy Ann (Canada)
LATE IN THE WINTER – Melvin Litton and Mando Dan*
FLY NOT YET – Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration*
RED BUDDHA LAUGHS – Jaimie Michaels*
MINOR TO MAJOR – Lorraine Jordan (Albion/Cymru/Eire)
LYRA’S TUNE –  instrumental – Wayward Jane (Scotia/Albion)


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.

Back to top


Back to top