Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 16 August 2014

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    Roots Freeway

    Niall Toner presents the best of country music, bluegrass, country rock, western swing, Cajun and hardcore mountain music

    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: The Dreadful Spoon
      Composer: Bruce Hornsby
      Performer(s): Ricky Skaggs/Bruce Hornsby
      Performer(s): Ricky Skaggs/Bruce Hornsby
      Album: SKAGGE FAMILY RECORDS, 88697 06686 2
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: You Know You Just Might
      Composer: Hodgson
      Performer(s): Albert Lee
      Performer(s): Albert Lee
      Album: HEROIC RECORDS, ALBERT LEE2013
      Duration: 4:09
    • Title: Been All Around This World
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: TWOMEY RECORDS, TWOMEY2004
      Duration: 2:54
    • Title: The Pendulum
      Composer: No Crows
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Album: NO CROWS, WHRL016
      Duration: 3:24
    • Title: Wheel In His Hand
      Composer: Jim And Lynna Woolsey
      Performer(s): April Verch
      Performer(s): April Verch
      Album: BROKEN RECORDS, BRR1001
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Reuben James
      Composer: Woody Guthrie
      Performer(s): Woody Guthrie
      Performer(s): Woody Guthrie
      Album: PRISM LEISURE, PLATCD427
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Hillbilly Twist
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Four Wheel Drive
      Performer(s): Four Wheel Drive
      Performer(s): Four Wheel Drive
      Album: STONEY MAN RECORDS, P AND C
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Broken
      Composer: April Verch
      Performer(s): April Verch
      Performer(s): April Verch
      Album: SLAB TOWN RECORDS, STR13-01
      Duration: 5:39
    • Title: Rosa Lee
      Composer: Doug Macleod
      Performer(s): Doug Macleod
      Performer(s): Doug Macleod
      Album: There's a Time, REFERENCE RECORDS, RR-130
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Broken Heart, Broken Hand
      Composer: White Mansions
      Performer(s): White Mansions
      Performer(s): White Mansions
      Album: WHITE MANSIONS RECORDS, WHITE MANSIONS 2014
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Saro Jane
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Old Hanna
      Performer(s): Old Hanna
      Performer(s): Old Hanna
      Album: OLD HANNA RECORDS, OLD HANNA2013
      Duration: 2:04
    • Title: Sing A Song Boys
      Composer: Ben Glover
      Performer(s): Ben Glover
      Performer(s): Ben Glover
      Album: OWN LABEL, OGLOVER2014
      Duration: 3:12

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