Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 28 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: The Shoals Of Herring

Composer: EWAN MCCOLL

Performer(s): Oscar Isaac And The Punch Brothers

Duration: 2:33

00:00

Title: They Dance When It Rains

Composer: GER WOLFE

Performer(s): Ger Wolfe

Album: I Have Been Loved RAGGEDDY RECORDS RAGCD010

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Angeline The Baker

Composer: TRAD.ARR. LONESOME RIVER BAND

Performer(s): Lonesome River Band

Album: Chronology, Vol. 1 RURAL RHYTHM RECORDS RUR-1101

Duration: 3:31

00:00

Title: Shotgun Betty

Composer: RICHIE FOLEY

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Duration: 3:04

00:00

Title: The Road Neverending

Composer: THE TILLERS

Performer(s): The Tillers

Album: Hand on the Plow MUDDY ROOTS MUSIC RECORDINGS NONE GIVEN

Duration: 4:17

00:00

Title: My Friends

Composer: THE YOUNG FOLK

Performer(s): The Young Folk

Duration: 3:08

00:00

Title: From This Valley

Composer: JOY WILLIAMS

Performer(s): Civil Wars

Duration: 3:33

00:00

Title: Long Time Gone

Composer: NONE GIVEN

Performer(s): Norah Jones And Billy Jo Armstrong

Duration: 3:29

00:00

Title: Flying Dreams

Composer: JEREMY LINDSAY

Performer(s): Birds Of Chigago

Duration: 4:23

00:00

Title: Go Wherever You Want To Go

Composer: PATTI GRIFFIN

Performer(s): Patti Griffin

Duration: 3:46

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