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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Programme Set Updated 03/03/2021
Latest News Image (Annie Keating – Photo Ehud Lazin – Copyright)
Latest Show Image (Anya Hinkle – Photo Rose Kaz
 – Copyright)

IF YOU are presently bereft of good reasons to be cheerful, and welcome serious incentives to help navigate the next couple of months, perhaps lend an ear to this week’s Folkal Point?

Not just for the therapeutic effect of consuming the latest diverse, dynamic and diverting 30-song+ playlist shoehorned into the two-hour format, but because therein you will also encounter an  exclusive preview (thanks Annie!) of two of 15 new songs featured on Annie Keating’s forthcoming eighth full-length studio album.

Bristol County Tides (CD European release set for May 7) reflects awakenings and inspirations and is an authentic product of real-life experiences during early months of the pandemic when the Keating ménage swapped its Brooklyn base for a coastal town in New England.

That location gives the album its title – indeed, cover art by Kim Hawkins, depicts Bristol County, Massachusetts, where rising and falling tides clearly inspired an already hugely-accomplished songwriter during her most ambitious creative journey yet which has, I’d argue, produced her best work to date.

Meanwhile, Virginian-born Anya Hinkle and her Asheville, North Carolina neighbour Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers, met up on the day news broke of the shocking death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

What’s It Gonna Take? is their poignant meditation on the grievous gulf between American aspiration and American reality. They enlisted (steel guitar) DaShawn Hickman and the gospel singer Wendy Hickman and their musical and lyrical collaboration is compelling.  Listen and learn. Black Lives Matter.

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FOLKAL POINT – 476 – MARCH 4 2021 – is curated by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald at Raidió Coharra in rural Co Armagh (*American artistes) and the web page www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

WHERE MY HEART WILL GO – David McLachlan (Canada)
SONG FOR A FRIEND – Annie Keating*
THE BLUEBIRDS ARE SINGING FOR ME – Joe Mullins* & Junior (Harry) Sisk*
TRAMPOLINE – Noanna (Netherlands)
TRUTH BE TOLD – Bill Kirchen*
COULD I STOP LOVING YOU? – Don Reno* (banjo) and Red Smiley* (guitar)
GREENSWELL – The Magpie Arc (Albion/Scotia) featuring (lead vocal) Nancy Kerr (Albion)
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE – Boo Hewerdine (Scotia/Albion) with Kris Drever (Scotia)
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE – Tekla Waterfield* & Jeff Fielder*
ON APPLECROSS RIDGE – Ian David Green (Albion) with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Scotia)
FOR WORSE OR BETTER – The Marriage, a k a Dave Burn (Albion) and Kirsten Adamson (Scotia)
NIGHTWORKER – M G (Matt) Boulter (Albion)
WINE AND ROSES – Clanna, a k a Clare Hanna (Ulstèr)
BLUES TONIGHT – Michael Johnathon*
FIRST ENCOUNTER – instrumental – An Lar (Confoederatio Helvetica)
WESTERN REQUIEM – Steve Bonham & The Long Road (Albion)
SHADOWS BY MY SIDE – Linda Sussman*
UNDERNEATH – Kevin Herm Connolly (Eire) and featuring Bennie Reilly (Eire)
DON’T LOOK BACK – Becky Buller*
COME BACK – Sweet Roger (Canada)
HEILAND HARRY – Screaming Orphans (Eire)
AMAZING GRACE – The Seldom Scene*
LIT BY THE MYSTERY – Deborah Crooks*
DIFFICULT THINGS – The Annulments (Eire)
GOODBYE SO LONG – King Wilkie*
WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE? – Anya Hinkle* with (banjo) Graham Sharp* of the Step Canyon Ramblers
FERRIS WHEEL – Son of the Velvet Rat (*/Republik Österreich)
POOR MAN’S LIGHT – Hoth Brothers*
HOME OF THE RED FOX – instrumental – Bill Emerson* (banjo) with Tony Rice* (guitar), Jimmy Gaudreau* (mandolin), Jerry Douglas* (dobro) and Jim Buchanan* (fiddle)



FOLKAL POINT, now in its 48th year, 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, 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 – 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, and listeners across Cowal have a second chance to catch the programme on DCR between 10pm and midnight on Sundays and on Radio West Fife online.

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