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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Updated 13/08/2020
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Latest Show

FOLKAL POINT – 447- AUGUST 13th 2020 (*American artistes)

FOLKAL POINT  is curated by producer-presenter Colin MacDonald at Raidió Coharra in rural Co Armagh with www.folkalpoint.scot sponsored by Robin Campbell – Music

Your lockdown listening on Folkal Point this week revists a programme first broadcast last year on July 25, so the gig info is well past its sell-by date.

BLUE HEAVEN – I See Hawks in LA* and The Good Intentions (Albion) featuring (lead vocals) Peter Davies (Albion)
THE BRIDGE – Oh Susanna aka Suzie Ungerlieder (Canada)
THESE LONESOME BLUES – Luke Tuchscherer (*/Albion)
YOU’RE NOT GONNA USE ME – Missouri Mile*
LOST AND FOUND – Angela Perley*
COMING BACK TO YOU – Peter Lawlor* with (harmony vocals)Harmony (!) Markey & Audrey Drake
HOY NAZAN (IM YARE) – Korjen (Polska/Hayastani Hanrapetut’yun/ Bosna Босна/ Slovenská republika/Česká republika)
I’M GONNA RUIN YOU – Omar & The Howlers*
ANOTHER DREAM – Sheila K Cameron (Canada/Scotia)
SONG OF THE MACKINTOSH LADY – Moff Skellington aka Andy Quayle (Albion)
DANCING – Mo Kenney (Canada)
LLANO ESTACADO – Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts*
IT’S ALL OVER NOW – Whatley & Co*
THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL – instrumental – Randall Franks* (banjo)
AMAZING GRACE – Rachel Hawkes (Albion)
WILD SEED – Susan Shann*
CARELESS HEARTS – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)
WAVES – Nell Bryden (Albion/*)
DRIVE UNDER THE MOON – Southern Backtones*
I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF – Adina Even Zohar (ישראל/*)
LONG YEARS AGO – Matthew Byrne (Canada) with (harmony vocals) Teresa Ennis and Billy Sutton (banjo).
DARK-EYED SAILOR – Belinda Kempster & Fran Foote (Albion)
A LITTLE BAG OF TRICKS – Jack Cade (Albion)
GREAT OLD NORTHERN LINE – Odette Michel (Albion)
SOUTHERN WIND – Dean Owens (Scotia)
YOU WERE MINE – Amanda Cook*
UNDER THESE NOTES – instrumental – Mike Vass (Scotia) and featuring Shetlander Jenna Reid (Scotia) on fiddle with piano (Tom Gibbs) and Iain Sandilands (vibraphone)


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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