Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 14 December 2013


    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): Niall Toner
      Album: Onwards And Upwards , Pinecastle Records , PRC 1182
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: Take Me Home
      Composer: John Bleck
      Performer(s): John Bleck And The Rats
      Duration: 0:02:58
    • Title: We Can Go Anywhere
      Composer: Hussey Hicks
      Performer(s): Hussey Hicks
      Duration: 0:03:20
    • Title: Kentucky
      Composer: Jones
      Performer(s): Norah Jones And Billie Joe Armstrong
      Duration: 0:03:10
    • Title: Blue Moon Of Kentucky
      Composer: Bill Monroe
      Performer(s): The Roys
      Album: Gypsy Runaway Train , Rural Rhythm , RUR-111-0
      Duration: 0:02:35
    • Title: A New October Daughter
      Composer: Ger Wolfe
      Performer(s): Ger Wolfe
      Album: I Have Been Loved , Raggeddy Records , RAGCD011
      Duration: 0:02:43
    • Title: Nothing Left For Me
      Composer: Rita Hosking
      Performer(s): Rita Hosking
      Duration: 0:03:56
    • Title: Don't Touch My Ukuele
      Composer: Angie Mclaughlin
      Performer(s): Minie And The Illywhackers
      Duration: 0:03:31
    • Title: Tennessee Stud
      Composer: Jimmy Driftwood
      Performer(s): Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
      Album: Will The Circle Be Unbroken , Humphead Records , HUMP151
      Duration: 0:04:46
    • Title: A Certain Light
      Composer: Josh Ritter
      Performer(s): Josh Ritter
      Album: The Beast In Its Tracks , Yep Roc Records , CD-YEP-2317
      Duration: 0:02:48
    • Title: When The Morning Comes
      Composer: King
      Performer(s): Edisons
      Duration: 0:03:31

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