Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 4 January 2014

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

00:00

Title: Crack In The Wall

Composer: SUSAN VEGA

Performer(s): Susan Vega

Duration: 4:24

00:00

Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Album: Burren Backstep - Single PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Pennsylvania

Composer: EVERETT, COHN

Performer(s): Jace Everett

Album: Terra Rosa HAYWOOD GROUP PRODUCTIONS CD-HGP-527

Duration: 3:50

00:00

Title: And The Melodies Came

Composer: DARRAGH GRIFFIN

Performer(s): Hermitage Green

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Breaking Up Christmas

Composer: TRAD.ARR.ROGERS

Performer(s): Tim Rogers

Duration: 3:10

00:00

Title: I Won't Go

Composer: CUNNINGHAM

Performer(s): More Power To Your Elbow

Duration: 3:35

00:00

Title: Honkin' Tonkin'

Composer: HANK WILLIAMS

Performer(s): Townes Van Zant

Duration: 3:48

00:00

Title: Rambling Man

Composer: HANK WILLIAMS

Performer(s): Hank Williams

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Are You Walking And Talking With The Lord

Composer: WILLIAMS

Performer(s): The Sacred Shakers

Duration: 2:45

00:00

Title: My Old Friend

Composer: SAM AMIDON

Performer(s): Sam Amidon

Album: Bright Sunny South BRIGHT SUNNY SOUTH PRO400190

Duration: 2:45

00:00

Title: Take Them Down

Composer: FAGAN

Performer(s): Edisons

Album: Little Bohemia HEAD SPACE RECORDS HSFK07

Duration: 2:14

00:00

Title: Old Yellow Moon

Composer: LANGHAM

Performer(s): Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell

Duration: 3:37

00:00

Title: Another Lonely Night

Composer: LAKEMAN

Performer(s): Seth Lakeman

Duration: 4:37

00:00

Title: Dusty Miller

Composer: TRAD. ARR. VERCH

Performer(s): April Verch

Duration: 4:09

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