Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

    Roots Freeway Saturday 28 February 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: Columbus Stockade Blues
      Composer: Jimmie Davis
      Performer(s): Foghorn String Band
      Performer(s): Foghorn String Band
      Album: FOGHORN RECORDS, FOG2015
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Chadwell's Station
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Foghorn String Band
      Performer(s): Foghorn String Band
      Performer(s): Foghorn String Band
      Album: FOGHORN RECORDS, FOG2015
      Duration: 3:43
    • Title: No Way Of Knowing
      Composer: Joe Fury
      Performer(s): Joe Fury And The Hayride
      Performer(s): Joe Fury And The Hayride
      Album: LIZZIE RECORDS, 10102
      Duration: 3:47
    • Title: No Matter How Hard I Try
      Composer: Downhill Bluegrass Band
      Performer(s): Downhill Bluegrass Band
      Performer(s): Downhill Bluegrass Band
      Album: Wonderland, LIMESTONE HOUSE RECORDS, LHM024
      Duration: 2:54
    • Title: Going To The West
      Composer: Eoin O'Riabhaig
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: FOZZ MOZZ MUSIC, FOZZMOZZ02/2014
      Duration: 3:37
    • Title: My Darling Girl
      Composer: John Jermyn
      Performer(s): John Jermyn
      Performer(s): John Jermyn
      Album: Bloodshot Eyes, JOHN JERMYN RECORDS, JERMYN2015
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: Waterboy
      Composer: Jacques Wolfe
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddeons
      Performer(s): Rhiannon Giddeons
      Album: NONESUCH RECORDS, 7559-79563-1
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Lazy John
      Composer: Alan Lomax
      Performer(s): Jayme Stone
      Performer(s): Jayme Stone
      Album: Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, BOREALIS, BCD 235
      Duration: 2:58
    • Title: Sliding Delta
      Composer: Mississippi John Hurt
      Performer(s): Michael Jerome Browne
      Performer(s): Michael Jerome Browne
      Album: Sliding Delta, BOREALIS, BCD 233
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: The Wrong Year
      Composer: The Decemberists
      Performer(s): The Decemberists
      Performer(s): The Decemberists
      Album: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, ROUGH TRADE, PROMO CD
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: Hawthorn
      Composer: C.Causley
      Performer(s): The Unthanks
      Performer(s): The Unthanks
      Album: Mount the Air, RABBLE ROUSER, RRM013
      Duration: 4:21
    • Title: Joy
      Composer: Tamara Stovall Peterson
      Performer(s): Lucky Peterson
      Performer(s): Lucky Peterson
      Album: JAZZ VILLAGE, JV570035
      Duration: 3:49

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