Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 31 August 2013

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

Roots Freeway

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

01:00

Title: Bling

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: Onwards and Upwards PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC 1182

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: Long Story Short

Composer: TONER

Performer(s): Barry And Holly Tashian

Album: Long Story Short ROCK-A-LOT RECORDS CD008

Duration: 3:16

01:00

Title: Papers In The Park

Composer: DAVID BROWNE

Performer(s): Picture House

Duration: 3:06

01:00

Title: Papers In The Park

Composer: TRAD. ARR. CRARY

Performer(s): Dan Crary

Duration: 4:16

01:00

Title: A Little Bird Told Me

Composer: LISA BALES

Performer(s): Lisa Bales

Duration: 2:14

01:00

Title: The Swedish Jig

Composer: TRAD. ARR. O'MEARA

Performer(s): Garry O'Meara

Album: Pickin' Time GARRY O'MEARA RECORDS GOMO1

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: Goodbye To Sorrow

Composer: KELLY JOE PHELPS

Performer(s): Kelly Joe Phelps

Album: Brother Sinner & The Whale CRS CRS/BHMCD 70

Duration: 3:14

01:00

Title: Increasingly Often

Composer: BP FALLON

Performer(s): Bp Fallon

Duration: 3:31

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