Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 21 December 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: 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: CHRISTMAS TIME
      Composer: WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS
      Performer(s): WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS
      Performer(s): WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS
      Duration: 0:02:56
    • Title: BLUEGRASS, WHITE SNOW
      Composer: LOVELESS
      Performer(s): PATTY LOVELESS
      Performer(s): PATTY LOVELESS
      Album: Bluegrass & White Snow - A Mountain Christmas, JAHAZA, EK85967
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: WHEN THE COLD WINTER COMES
      Composer: DAVE GUNNING
      Performer(s): DAVE GUNNING
      Performer(s): DAVE GUNNING
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE ISABELLA
      Composer: TERRI LYNN WEAVER
      Performer(s): TERRI LYNN WEAVER
      Performer(s): TERRI LYNN WEAVER
      Duration: 0:02:54
    • Title: CHRISTMAS DAY
      Composer: TRAD.ARR. SPILLANE
      Performer(s): JOHN SPILLANE
      Performer(s): JOHN SPILLANE
      Duration: 0:03:00
    • Title: HOT BUTTERED RUM
      Composer: KRISTA DETOUR
      Performer(s): KRISTA DETOUR
      Performer(s): KRISTA DETOUR
      Duration: 0:04:04
    • Title: BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM
      Composer: TRAD.ARR.STANLEY
      Performer(s): RALPH STANLEY
      Performer(s): RALPH STANLEY
      Album: Clinch Mountain Gospel, ROUNDER, ROUNDER COMPILATION 2009
      Duration: 0:03:16
    • Title: WINTER WONDERLAND
      Composer: FELIX BERNARD AND DICK
      Performer(s): JAMES TAYLOR
      Performer(s): JAMES TAYLOR
      Duration: 0:03:33
    • Title: WALTZING AT CHRISTMAS
      Composer: NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): NIALL TONER
      Duration: 0:03:14
    • Title: WEXFORD CAROL
      Composer: TRAD.ARR. VOICE SQUAD
      Performer(s): VOICE SQUAD
      Performer(s): VOICE SQUAD
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: A CHILD IS BORN
      Composer: TRAD.ARR. L'ANGELOUS
      Performer(s): L'ANGELOUS
      Performer(s): L'ANGELOUS
      Duration: 0:03:06
    • Title: NUTTIN' FOR CHRISTMAS
      Composer: TEPPER
      Performer(s): SUGARLAND
      Performer(s): SUGARLAND
      Album: Gold and Green, MERCURY RECORDS, B-0013326-02
      Duration: 0:03:43

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