Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

    Nialls book, The Nuts and Bolts of Songwriting, is still available.

    Roots Freeway Saturday 25 July 2015

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    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: Burren Backstep
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Album: Burren Backstep - Single, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Ghost Of Hobo Bill
      Composer: Charlie Roth
      Performer(s): Charlie Roth
      Performer(s): Charlie Roth
      Album: MEDICINE SHOW RECORDS, MEDICINE SHOW 2015
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: Goodnight Irene
      Composer: Ledbetter
      Performer(s): Martin Harley
      Performer(s): Martin Harley
      Album: DEL MUNDO RECORDS, DEL MUNDO2015
      Duration: 3:46
    • Title: The Reckless Side Of Me
      Composer: Steeldrivers
      Performer(s): The Steeldrivers
      Performer(s): The Steeldrivers
      Album: Reckless, ROUNDER RECORDS, ROUNDER2010
      Duration: 3:22
    • Title: Chicago Set
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Danu
      Performer(s): Danu
      Performer(s): Danu
      Album: danu, DANU2015
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: Roving Sea Captain
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Reyanardyne
      Performer(s): Reyanardyne
      Performer(s): Reyanardyne
      Album: REYANARDYNE RECORDS, REYNCD02
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: This Old Train
      Composer: Shine
      Performer(s): Noel Shine And Mary Greene
      Performer(s): Noel Shine And Mary Greene
      Album: GREENSHINE RECORDS, SG002
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Rambler's Blues
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Cordle
      Performer(s): Larry Cordle
      Performer(s): Larry Cordle
      Album: SHELLPOINT RECORDS, SPCD1004
      Duration: 4:01
    • Title: Andrea
      Composer: S. Condell
      Performer(s): Tir Na Nog
      Performer(s): Tir Na Nog
      Album: TIR NA NOG, TNN 002
      Duration: 3:41
    • Title: Little Bohemia
      Composer: King
      Performer(s): Edisons
      Performer(s): Edisons
      Album: Little Bohemia, HEAD SPACE RECORDS
      Duration: 4:33
    • Title: St.Anne's Reel
      Composer: Trad.Arr. E-5 Live
      Performer(s): E-5 Live
      Performer(s): E-5 Live
      Album: TASHIAN RECORDS, TASHIAN2015
      Duration: 2:54

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