Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 30 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: Song Me And Young
      Composer: Adam Cohen
      Performer(s): Adam Cohen
      Performer(s): Adam Cohen
      Album: COOKING VINYL, COOKCD594W
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: The One I Left Behind
      Composer: Brendan Monaghan
      Performer(s): Brendan Monaghan
      Performer(s): Brendan Monaghan
      Album: Lovers Always Win, SUISA, BRAMBUS 201478-2
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: With A Memory Like Mine
      Composer: Darryl Scott
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Album: The Red Album, RED MOLLY RECORDS, RED MOLLY2014
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Don't Blame The Tune
      Composer: Eleanor Mcevoy
      Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy
      Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy
      Album: If You Leave..., MOSCO DISC, MOSCD411
      Duration: 2:43
    • Title: Minstrel Boy
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Gleeson
      Performer(s): Johnny Gleeson
      Performer(s): Johnny Gleeson
      Album: RTE RECORDING, RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 1:44
    • Title: Goulashed
      Composer: Dave Mcloughlin
      Performer(s): Dave Mcloughlin
      Performer(s): Dave Mcloughlin
      Album: MCLOUGHLIN RECORDS, DMCL01
      Duration: 2:58
    • Title: Body Of Sea
      Composer: Owen Mcgarry
      Performer(s): Owen Mcgarry
      Performer(s): Owen Mcgarry
      Album: OMCG RECORDS, OMCG2014
      Duration: 3:29
    • Title: Million Dollar Bill
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Album: Onwards and Upwards, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 2:58
    • Title: Long Story Short
      Composer: Toner
      Performer(s): Barry And Holly Tashian
      Performer(s): Barry And Holly Tashian
      Album: Long Story Short, ROCK-A-LOT RECORDS, CD008
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Wooden Horses
      Composer: Mick Hanly
      Performer(s): Mick Hanly
      Performer(s): Mick Hanly
      Album: DOG HOUSE RECORDS, DHCD2
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Seventeen Cars
      Composer: S.Travins
      Performer(s): The Wiyos
      Performer(s): The Wiyos
      Album: One More for the Road, WIYOS RECORDS, WIYOS003
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Fallin'
      Composer: Shawn Camp
      Performer(s): Shawn Camp
      Performer(s): Shawn Camp
      Album: REPRISE, 9 45450-2
      Duration: 4:25
    • Title: Scared Of That Child
      Composer: Henderson
      Performer(s): Mike Henderson
      Performer(s): Mike Henderson
      Album: DEAD RECKONING, DEAR0012
      Duration: 3:10

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