Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 11 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

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Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Album: Burren Backstep - Single PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: More Trouble Than It's Worth

Composer: MILAN MILLER

Performer(s): Milan Miller

Album: Poison Cove MILLER RECORDS 2013

Duration: 2:54

00:00

Title: If Anything Happened To You

Composer: CHARLIE MCGETTIGAN

Performer(s): Charile Mcgettigan

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Outlaw

Composer: .THE Os

Performer(s): The Os

Duration: 3:16

00:00

Title: Loretta

Composer: TOWNES VAN ZANT

Performer(s): Ystray Birds

Duration: 3:00

00:00

Title: Remembering A Beginning

Composer: ELEPHANT REVIVAL

Performer(s): Elephant Revival

Album: These Changing Skies ITZ EVOLVIVG RECORDS/THIRTY TIGERS 2014

Duration: 3:35

00:00

Title: Midnight On The Water

Composer: TRAD.ARR. TWOMEY

Performer(s): Chris Twomey

Duration: 3:31

00:00

Title: Harder These Days To Walk Than Run

Composer: TRAD.ARR.FRETLESS

Performer(s): The Fretless

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Hollow Of The Hill

Composer: JAMES CRAMER

Performer(s): Tupelo

Album: Push On CRASHED RECORDS 2014

Duration: 4:48

00:00

Title: It Slows Down

Composer: JOHN GRIBBEN

Performer(s): West Orchard

Duration: 3:08

00:00

Title: Cool To Be Green

Composer: AMY O'MEARA

Performer(s): The Unwanted

Duration: 3:52

00:00

Title: Thank You

Composer: ANDREW JAMES O'BRIEN

Performer(s): Andrew James O'Brien

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Old Yeller Dog

Composer: TRAD.ARR. FLAT MOUNTAIN GIRLS

Performer(s): Flat Mountain Girls

Duration: 3:20

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