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 15/02/2020

Latest News Image Letitia VanSant (Copyright) and Latest Show Mary Chapin Carpenter (Copyright)


  • Letitia VanSant, appearing live – with guitarist David McKindlay-Ward – at several Scots venues in late April


Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 422 – FEBRUARY 20/2020 (*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

GIVE ME ONE MORE REASON – Prinz Grizzley, aka Chris Comper (Republik Österreich)
HOW TO FLY – Fierce Flowers (France)
WON’T YOU BE – Bucket Boys (Deutschland)
TIN MAN – Letitia VanSant*
DREAMER’S HILL – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers*
RHYTHM IN THE WIND – The Appalucians*
DISTANCE – Andrew J Newall (Scotia)
PHAROAHS AND FRIENDS – Sofia Talvik(Deutschland/Konungariket Sverige)
BY AND BY – Rosco Bandana*
DARKNESS – Sariyah Idan (*/ ישראל)
BACK TO THE FOLD – Benji Kirkpatrick & The Excess (Albion)
PNEUMONIA – Sarah Jane Scouten (Canada)
COME OVER – Ryan Brooks (Albion)
JIGS – instrumental – Aerialists (Canada)
ONLY A FOOL – Peter Lewis*
FAT CAT – The Whispering Tree* featuring (lead vocal) Eleanor Kleiner
A COLD WIND BLOWS – Sean Taylor (Albion)
STARVING – BlackieBluebird (Kongeriget Danmark) featuring Heidi Lindahl (lead vocals) and Nils Lassen
CRADLE TO THE CROW – Ned Roberts (Albion)
CRYIN’ – Linda Sussman*
FRONTLINE SOLDIERS – The Singing Soldiers, aka Chris Earl and Graham Trude (Canada)
SONG AND DANCE MAN – Kate Fenner (*/Canada)
LU RAY – Nelson Brothers (*/Albion) with (lead vocals) Tim Hopkins*
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? – instrumental – Hannah James (Albion) & The JigDoll Ensemble
A KEEPER FOR EVERY FLAME – Mary Chapin Carpenter*
WHAT’D YOU DO IT FOR? – Trae Sheehan*
EVERYBODY KNOWS – Gemma Mae Anderson (Scotia)
I’M KING AHTU – instrumental – Threepenny Bit (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.

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