Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 4 January 2014

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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: CRACK IN THE WALL
      Composer: SUSAN VEGA
      Performer(s): SUSAN VEGA
      Performer(s): SUSAN VEGA
      Duration: 0:04:24
    • Title: BURREN BACKSTEP
      Composer: NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): RICHIE FOLEY
      Performer(s): RICHIE FOLEY
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: PENNSYLVANIA
      Composer: EVERETT, COHN
      Performer(s): JACE EVERETT
      Performer(s): JACE EVERETT
      Album: Terra Rosa, HAYWOOD GROUP PRODUCTIONS, CD-HGP-527
      Duration: 0:03:50
    • Title: AND THE MELODIES CAME
      Composer: MURPHY
      Performer(s): HERMITAGE GREEN
      Performer(s): HERMITAGE GREEN
      Duration: 0:02:50
    • Title: BREAKING UP CHRISTMAS
      Composer: TRAD.ARR.ROGERS
      Performer(s): TIM ROGERS
      Performer(s): TIM ROGERS
      Duration: 0:03:10
    • Title: I WON'T GO
      Composer: CUNNINGHAM
      Performer(s): MORE POWER TO YOUR ELBOW
      Performer(s): MORE POWER TO YOUR ELBOW
      Duration: 0:03:35
    • Title: HONKIN' TONKIN'
      Composer: HANK WILLIAMS
      Performer(s): TOWNES VAN ZANT
      Performer(s): TOWNES VAN ZANT
      Duration: 0:03:48
    • Title: RAMBLING MAN
      Composer: HANK WILLIAMS
      Performer(s): HANK WILLIAMS
      Performer(s): HANK WILLIAMS
      Duration: 0:03:12
    • Title: ARE YOU WALKING AND TALKING WITH THE LORD
      Composer: WILLIAMS
      Performer(s): THE SACRED SHAKERS
      Performer(s): THE SACRED SHAKERS
      Duration: 0:02:45
    • Title: MY OLD FRIEND
      Composer: SAM AMIDON
      Performer(s): SAM AMIDON
      Performer(s): SAM AMIDON
      Album: Bright Sunny South, BRIGHT SUNNY SOUTH, PRO400190
      Duration: 0:02:45
    • Title: TAKE THEM DOWN
      Composer: FAGAN
      Performer(s): EDISONS
      Performer(s): EDISONS
      Album: Little Bohemia, HEAD SPACE RECORDS, HSFK07
      Duration: 0:02:14
    • Title: OLD YELLOW MOON
      Composer: LANGHAM
      Performer(s): EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL
      Performer(s): EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL
      Duration: 0:03:37
    • Title: ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT
      Composer: LAKEMAN
      Performer(s): SETH LAKEMAN
      Performer(s): SETH LAKEMAN
      Duration: 0:04:37
    • Title: DUSTY MILLER
      Composer: TRAD. ARR. VERCH
      Performer(s): APRIL VERCH
      Performer(s): APRIL VERCH
      Duration: 0:04:09

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