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

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Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: Onwards and Upwards PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC 1182

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Take Me Home

Composer: JOHN BLECK

Performer(s): John Bleck And The Rats

Duration: 2:58

00:00

Title: We Can Go Anywhere

Composer: HUSSEY HICKS

Performer(s): Hussey Hicks

Duration: 3:20

00:00

Title: Kentucky

Composer: JONES

Performer(s): Norah Jones And Billie Joe Armstrong

Duration: 3:10

00:00

Title: Blue Moon Of Kentucky

Composer: BILL MONROE

Performer(s): The Roys

Album: Gypsy Runaway Train RURAL RHYTHM RUR-111-0

Duration: 2:35

00:00

Title: A New October Daughter

Composer: GER WOLFE

Performer(s): Ger Wolfe

Album: I Have Been Loved RAGGEDDY RECORDS RAGCD011

Duration: 2:43

00:00

Title: Nothing Left For Me

Composer: RITA HOSKING

Performer(s): Rita Hosking

Duration: 3:56

00:00

Title: Don't Touch My Ukuele

Composer: ANGIE MCLAUGHLIN

Performer(s): Minie And The Illywhackers

Duration: 3:31

00:00

Title: Tennessee Stud

Composer: JIMMY DRIFTWOOD

Performer(s): Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Album: Will the Circle Be Unbroken HUMPHEAD RECORDS HUMP151

Duration: 4:46

00:00

Title: A Certain Light

Composer: JOSH RITTER

Performer(s): Josh Ritter

Album: The Beast In Its Tracks YEP ROC RECORDS CD-YEP-2317

Duration: 2:48

00:00

Title: When The Morning Comes

Composer: KING

Performer(s): Edisons

Duration: 3:31

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