Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 14 December 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

Burren Backstep

Burren Backstep

Niall Toner

3:02

Take Me Home

Take Me Home

John Bleck And The Rats

2:58

We Can Go Anywhere

We Can Go Anywhere

Hussey Hicks

3:20

Kentucky

Kentucky

Norah Jones And Billie Joe Armstrong

3:10

Blue Moon Of Kentucky

Blue Moon Of Kentucky

The Roys

2:35

A New October Daughter

A New October Daughter

Ger Wolfe

2:43

Nothing Left For Me

Nothing Left For Me

Rita Hosking

3:56

Don't Touch My Ukuele

Don't Touch My Ukuele

Minie And The Illywhackers

3:31

Tennessee Stud

Tennessee Stud

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

4:46

A Certain Light

A Certain Light

Josh Ritter

2:48

When The Morning Comes

When The Morning Comes

Edisons

3:31

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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