Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 28 December 2013


    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
      Album: Onwards And Upwards , Pinecastle Records , PRC 1182
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: The Shoals Of Herring
      Composer: Ewan Mccoll
      Performer(s): Oscar Isaac And The Punch Brothers
      Duration: 0:02:33
    • Title: They Dance When It Rains
      Composer: Ger Wolfe
      Performer(s): Ger Wolfe
      Album: I Have Been Loved , Raggeddy Records , RAGCD010
      Duration: 0:03:12
    • 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: 0:03:31
    • Title: Shotgun Betty
      Composer: Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Duration: 0:03:06
    • Title: The Road Neverending
      Composer: The Tillers
      Performer(s): The Tillers
      Album: Hand On The Plow , Muddy Roots Music Recordings , NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 0:04:17
    • Title: My Friends
      Composer: The Young Folk
      Performer(s): The Young Folk
      Duration: 0:03:08
    • Title: From This Valley
      Composer: Joy Williams
      Performer(s): Civil Wars
      Duration: 0:03:33
    • Title: Long Time Gone
      Composer: None Given
      Performer(s): Norah Jones And Billy Jo Armstrong
      Duration: 0:03:29
    • Title: Flying Dreams
      Composer: Jeremy Lindsay
      Performer(s): Birds Of Chigago
      Duration: 0:04:23
    • Title: Go Wherever You Want To Go
      Composer: Patti Griffin
      Performer(s): Patti Griffin
      Duration: 0:03:46

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