Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 31 January 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: Danger Behind The Wheel
      Composer: Rose's Pawn Shop
      Performer(s): Rose's Pawn Shop
      Performer(s): Rose's Pawn Shop
      Album: Dancing On the Gallows, OWN LABEL, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 4:15
    • Title: Red Hill Mining Town
      Composer: Clayton
      Performer(s): Earl Pickens And Family
      Performer(s): Earl Pickens And Family
      Album: OWN LABEL, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 2:45
    • Title: Rowing Boats
      Composer: In The Willows
      Performer(s): In The Willows
      Performer(s): In The Willows
      Album: Rowing Boats - Single, OWN LABEL, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 4:16
    • Title: Even The Darkness Has Arms
      Composer: The Barr Brothers
      Performer(s): The Barr Brothers
      Performer(s): The Barr Brothers
      Album: Sleeping Operator, SECRET CITY RECORDS
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Editing Floor Blues
      Composer: Yusuf Islam
      Performer(s): Yusuf
      Performer(s): Yusuf
      Album: LEGACY, 88875017052
      Duration: 3:41
    • Title: Impossible
      Composer: Watkins
      Performer(s): Sarah Watkins
      Performer(s): Sarah Watkins
      Album: NONESUCH, 530684
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Simple
      Composer: O'Carroll
      Performer(s): Mendocino
      Performer(s): Mendocino
      Album: OWN LABEL, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 2:24
    • Title: Last Kind Words
      Composer: Wiley Arr Giddens
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Album: Tomorrow Is My Turn, NONESUCH, PRCD 400247
      Duration: 4:12
    • Title: Angel City
      Composer: Giddens
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddens
      Album: Tomorrow Is My Turn, NONESUCH, PRCD 400247
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: Clara
      Composer: Punch Brothers
      Performer(s): The Punch Brothers
      Performer(s): The Punch Brothers
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Faded Love
      Composer: Trad Arr P. Grant
      Performer(s): Strange Fruit
      Performer(s): Strange Fruit
      Album: OWN LABEL, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Burren Backstep
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Richie Foley Band
      Performer(s): Richie Foley Band
      Album: PINECASTLE, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02

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