Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 24 January 2015


    Roots Freeway

    Roots Freeway on RTE Radio One, with Presenter, Niall Toner, does exactly as it's title implies, and brings the listener a wide variety of Roots Music on Saturday nights at 11pm.

    About The Show

    Niall Toner is, first and foremost, a music fan, and if he wasn't presenting Roots Freeway, he would be at home listening to the same variety of music himself. Niall says that being on Radio One is just like having a hobby turn in to a job, and the thrill of bringing such a wide range of Roots music to such a large audience is both an honour and a pleasure.

    Niall was born in Dublin, and nurtured an early interest in music by tuning in to Radio Luxemburg and the AFN radio service from Germany. The saturday night re-broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville was his first exposure to Country music, and when a local schoolfriend showed up with a collection that included the music of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, Niall's musical fate was sealed.

    As well as presenting Roots Freeway, Niall is a songwriter and a musican, playing guitar and mandolin with his own NTB, and his songs have been recorded by Bill Wyman, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee and The Special Consensus, to name but a few. Niall alsso writes extensivley on the subject, and his articles have been published by Hot Press, Maverick and Country Music Plus. He is also the authour of Nuts and Bolts, a guide to writing better songs. Niall and his wife, Moira, live near Myshall in Co. Carlow.

    Niall has just released a new album of original songs and tunes on Pinecastle Records. It's called Onwards and Upwards, and is available from iTunes and on CD in all Record Shops

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Banjo
      Composer: Rascal Flatts
      Performer(s): Rascal Flatts
      Performer(s): Rascal Flatts
      Album: Changed (Deluxe Edition), BIG MACHINE, 602537226054
      Duration: 4:16
    • Title: The Crackling Radio
      Composer: Ger Wolfe
      Performer(s): Caladh Nua
      Performer(s): Caladh Nua
      Album: CALADH NUA, CN003
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: When The Cactus Is In Bloom
      Composer: Jimmie Rodgers
      Performer(s): Skip Gorman
      Performer(s): Skip Gorman
      Album: OLD WEST, OLD WEST 006
      Duration: 2:22
    • Title: Walk On
      Composer: Ray Benson
      Performer(s): Carolyn Wonderland
      Performer(s): Carolyn Wonderland
      Album: Miss Understood, AUSTIN MUSIC, VOL 7
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: November Tale
      Composer: Scott
      Performer(s): The Waterboys
      Performer(s): The Waterboys
      Album: Modern Blues, HARLEQUIN AND CLOWN, CLOWNE 1
      Duration: 5:19
    • Title: Trouble Is
      Composer: G. Rhodes
      Performer(s): Kimmie Rhodes
      Performer(s): Kimmie Rhodes
      Album: SUNBIRD RECORDS, SBD020
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: Ride With Me
      Composer: John Davidson
      Performer(s): John And Jacob
      Performer(s): John And Jacob
      Duration: 2:52
    • Title: I'M On Fire /Be Happy
      Composer: Springsteen
      Performer(s): Strange Fruit
      Performer(s): Strange Fruit
      Album: OWN LABEL, DEMO
      Duration: 3:14
    • Title: Up Above My Head
      Composer: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Album: Tomorrow Is My Turn, NONESUCH, PRCD 400247
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: Two For Joy
      Composer: Collette Sheerin
      Performer(s): Collette Sheerin
      Performer(s): Collette Sheerin
      Album: Making Grace, OWN LABEL, CSCD002
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: The Singer Addresses His Audience
      Composer: Colin Meloy
      Performer(s): The Decemberists
      Performer(s): The Decemberists
      Album: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, ROUGH TRADE, RTRADCD756
      Duration: 4:41
    • Title: Route 77
      Composer: Aaron Jonah Lewis
      Performer(s): The Corn Potato String Band
      Performer(s): The Corn Potato String Band
      Album: AGILEST MUSIC, 2014
      Duration: 2:35
    • Title: Burren Backstep
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Album: Burren Backstep - Single, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02

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