Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 31 August 2013

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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: BLING
      Composer: NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Duration: 0:03:10
    • Title: BURREN BACKSTEP
      Composer: NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Album: Onwards and Upwards, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC 1182
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • 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: 0:03:16
    • Title: PAPERS IN THE PARK
      Composer: DAVID BROWNE
      Performer(s): PICTURE HOUSE
      Performer(s): PICTURE HOUSE
      Duration: 0:03:06
    • Title: PAPERS IN THE PARK
      Composer: TRAD. ARR. CRARY
      Performer(s): DAN CRARY
      Performer(s): DAN CRARY
      Duration: 0:04:16
    • Title: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME
      Composer: LISA BALES
      Performer(s): LISA BALES
      Performer(s): LISA BALES
      Duration: 0:02:14
    • Title: THE SWEDISH JIG
      Composer: TRAD. ARR. O'MEARA
      Performer(s): GARRY O'MEARA
      Performer(s): GARRY O'MEARA
      Album: Pickin' Time, GARRY O'MEARA RECORDS, GOMO1
      Duration: 0:03:10
    • Title: GOODBYE TO SORROW
      Composer: KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Performer(s): KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Performer(s): KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Album: Brother Sinner & The Whale, CRS, CRS/BHMCD 70
      Duration: 0:03:14
    • Title: INCREASINGLY OFTEN
      Composer: BP FALLON
      Performer(s): BP FALLON
      Performer(s): BP FALLON
      Duration: 0:03:31

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