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

Programme Set Updated 16/06/2021

Latest News Image – Jackson Browne – (Copyright)
Latest Show Image –  Jackson Browne – (Copyright)

WHO could have guessed what more was to come in the half century since German-born Clyde Jackson Browne penned the first of many stunning songs.

It was the Tom Rush recording of These Days that introduced the wider world to the talents of the teenage Californian songsmith whose own debut album in 1972 spawned top 40 hits Doctor My Eyes and Rock Me On The Water.

Based in mid-1960s Los Angeles JB’s first successes were wrought from writing songs for others. Incidentally, These Days became a minor hit for the German singer and Andy Warhol protégé Nico (of Velvet Underground fame) in 1967.

But Jackson also wrote for fellow SoCal musicians – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (of whom he had briefly been a member in 1966) and, most famously, The Eagles, whose first chart hit was the 1972 co-write (with vocalist Glenn Frey) of Take It Easy.

He brought his music to the UK concert stage in 1976 with a touring band that showcased the multi-instrumental talents of another Californian – David Lindley, who I recall in exhuberant action at the old Glasgow Apollo, where The Eagles had years earlier debuted as support act to the Canadian Neil Young and Crazy Horse whom even his biggest fans could not deny were blown off stage that night in 1973.

Nearly five decades on, the first new single from Jackson Browne in six years (a taster for his forthcoming Downhill From Everywhere album due for release by Inside Recordings next month), reveals an impish sense of humour that wasn’t normally typical of his songwriting.

My Cleveland Heart – you can hear it on Folkal Point this week – chronicles the (probably) not so far-fetched notion of a robotic heart transplant. After all, mechanical pacemakers are commonplace these days, and it is already more than half a century since South African cardiac surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard pioneered the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant.

Co-written with guitarist Val McCallum, the playful track imagines the liberation that would come from replacing our fallible, human hearts with unbreakable, artificial ones, “made to take a bashin’, and never lose their passion”.

Let’s see what the dear old NHS makes of that one…

Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 491 – JUNE 17 2021 – is curated at Raidió Coharra by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald in rural Co Armagh (*American artistes) and the web page www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY – Bunk Johnson* (trumpet) with Wellman Braud (bass), Garvin Bushell (clarinet), Alphonse Steele (drums), Danny Barker (guitar), Don Kirkpatrick (piano) and Ed Cuffee (trombone) recorded in New York over three days around Christmas 1947 at Carnegie Recital Hall
ALABAMA – Iona Fyfe (Scotia)
THIS IS ALL THERE IS – Steve Dawson*
FLOATING IN SPACE – The Marriage (Scotia/Albion)  a k a Kirsten Adamson and Dave Burn
WATERFRONT – Leftover Salmon*
THAT’S HOW IT GOES – Marcia Ball*
FAMILY TREE – Keith Whitley*
DREAMER’S DREAM – Tip Jar (Netherlands) a k a Bart de Win and Arianne Knegt
I WON’T CHANGE – Chris Ronald (Canada/Albion)
WILDFIRE – The Accidentals*
MY CLEVELAND HEART – Jackson Browne*
BETTY’S WALTZ/SYLVIA’S MARCH/ON ME TOD & CHRISTY’S – instrumentals – Chris Dyson (Albion) on guitar and bouzouki
HEART A MINE – Blackie & The Rodeo Kings (Canada) featuring Mary Margaret O’Hara
I AM WOMAN – Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt (Australia)
LOW-HANGING FRUIT – Nolan McKelvey* with Megyn Neff (violin and harmonies) & Tim Hogan (bass and harmonies)
WASTING TIME – Tashaki Miyaki*
THE DEVIL & THE HANGMAN – Tom Clelland (Scotia)
SHADOWS ACROSS THE MOON – Dando Shaft (Albion)
DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME? – My Sweetest Punch (Konungariket Sverige)
I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT – Dylancentric (Albion) with Ashley Hutchings, Blair Dunlop, Ken Nicol, Ruth Angell, Guy Fletcher and SJacob Stoney (live at the 50th anniversary Isle of Wight festival)
GOING DOWN SLOW – Karen Carroll*
TRAGEDY – Jeremy Parsons*
BETTER DAYS – Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder*
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE/BONNIE GALLOWAY/THE ROWAN TREE & HEILAND LADDIE – instrumental – Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band (Scotia)


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, while Fifers have a second chance on Sunday to catch the programme on Radio West Fife (9-11pm) and on DCR across the Cowal Peninsula between 10.00pm and midnight.

Back to top


Back to top