Folkal Point was formed by four school kids, for a school concert; the vocalist being placed with the three guys, by the music teacher. It was fairly obvious something could develop beyond the school concert. Playing and singing came naturally to the foursome, but taking the it any further was all together a different matter.
An indirect link had been forged with local radio station, BBC Radio Bristol; the band performing live on air, on a regular drivetime show. Many of these performances were recorded by the station. At the time, there was a nationally networked, weekly “folk music” programme, by the BBC, probably on Radio 2. One of these BBC Bristol tapes had found it’s way to London and ultimately played to the nation.
A guest, one evening on the show was Alan Green. Alan Green was the owner of the Folk Heritage and Midas Recording labels. Subsequently, Alan invited Folkal Point to his recording studio, then based, at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. This was to be quite a step, although at the time, just another interesting experience.
Alan’s labels were based around artists with relatively easy access to him – those living within an hour’s drive. Notably, Folkal Point, were the exception to this. It was at Alan’s suggestion that bassist, Brian Murray, was added to some tracks – Folkal Point were always willing to listen. Folkal Point completed the session, regrouped in Bristol, to await delivery of their achievements.
As time went on, Alan Green moved away from Cheadle Hulme, to North Wales. It was then that disaster struck. Stored copies of the vinyl and the recording session master tapes were lost to water damage. Whether lost in a flood, or by the water used in controlling a fire, remains uncertain. One of the tracks from ” Folkal Point – MR 003 ” found it’s way onto a compilation/ sampler album, also released by Alan Green. For those enthusiasts unfamiliar with this album, it is simply entitled: Folk Heritage.
Interest in the Folkal Point album has exceeded 35 years now. The clues to it’s enigmatic value lie within the narrative above.
Cherie and Stuart went on to pursue a career in music. Mark has spent many years on the fringes of the music industry, whilst mainly following a non musical career path. Paul dropped out of music at an early stage. The four remain lifelong friends and many re-connections have been made in recent times, due to the phenomenal interest in the ” Folkal Point ” album.
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