Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

    Roots Freeway Saturday 27 June 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: Get On Board
      Composer: Eric Bibb
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Album: WE BANJO 3 RECORDS, WB3CD003
      Duration: 4:04
    • Title: Hang My Worries On The Worry Tree
      Composer: Enda Wyatt
      Performer(s): Enda Wyatt
      Performer(s): Enda Wyatt
      Album: OWN LABEL, WYATT2015
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Mean Mother Blues
      Composer: John Starling
      Performer(s): Hot Rock Pilgrims
      Performer(s): Hot Rock Pilgrims
      Album: OWN LABEL, PILGRIM2015
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: Strong Wind Blowin'
      Composer: Davie Furey
      Performer(s): Davie Furey
      Performer(s): Davie Furey
      Album: OWN LABEL, FUREY2015
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Nashville Blues
      Composer: Earl Scruggs
      Performer(s): Kathy Barwick
      Performer(s): Kathy Barwick
      Album: In My Life, FGM RECORDS, FGM 152
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: All The Way Back
      Composer: Imro
      Performer(s): Declan Sinnott
      Performer(s): Declan Sinnott
      Album: Window on the World, P AND C RECORDS, P+C2015
      Duration: 2:29
    • Title: Lucky Streak
      Composer: Ben Reel
      Performer(s): Ben Reel
      Performer(s): Ben Reel
      Album: 7th, BEN REEL RECORDS, BEN REEL2015
      Duration: 3:14
    • Title: High On A Mountain
      Composer: Ola Belle Reed
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Album: WE BANJO 3 RECORDS, WB3CD003
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: Green Rushes/Salt Creek
      Composer: Trad.Arr. We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Album: WE BANJO 3 RECORDS, WB3CD003
      Duration: 4:07

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