Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 21 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: Christmas Time

Composer: WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS

Performer(s): Wildwood Valley Boys

Duration: 2:56

00:00

Title: Bluegrass, White Snow

Composer: LOVELESS

Performer(s): Patty Loveless

Album: Bluegrass & White Snow - A Mountain Christmas JAHAZA EK85967

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: When The Cold Winter Comes

Composer: DAVE GUNNING

Performer(s): Dave Gunning

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella

Composer: TERRI LYNN WEAVER

Performer(s): Terri Lynn Weaver

Duration: 2:54

00:00

Title: Christmas Day

Composer: TRAD.ARR. SPILLANE

Performer(s): John Spillane

Duration: 3:00

00:00

Title: Hot Buttered Rum

Composer: KRISTA DETOUR

Performer(s): Krista Detour

Duration: 4:04

00:00

Title: Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Composer: TRAD.ARR.STANLEY

Performer(s): Ralph Stanley

Album: Clinch Mountain Gospel ROUNDER ROUNDER COMPILATION 2009

Duration: 3:16

00:00

Title: Winter Wonderland

Composer: FELIX BERNARD AND DICK

Performer(s): James Taylor

Duration: 3:33

00:00

Title: Waltzing At Christmas

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Duration: 3:14

00:00

Title: Wexford Carol

Composer: TRAD.ARR. VOICE SQUAD

Performer(s): Voice Squad

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: A Child Is Born

Composer: TRAD.ARR. L'ANGELOUS

Performer(s): L'Angelous

Duration: 3:06

00:00

Title: Nuttin' For Christmas

Composer: TEPPER

Performer(s): Sugarland

Album: Gold and Green MERCURY RECORDS B-0013326-02

Duration: 3:43

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