Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

    Nialls book, The Nuts and Bolts of Songwriting, is still available.

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 11 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: Burren Backstep
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Album: Burren Backstep - Single, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: More Trouble Than It's Worth
      Composer: Milan Miller
      Performer(s): Milan Miller
      Performer(s): Milan Miller
      Album: Poison Cove, MILLER RECORDS, 2013
      Duration: 2:54
    • Title: If Anything Happened To You
      Composer: Charlie Mcgettigan
      Performer(s): Charile Mcgettigan
      Performer(s): Charile Mcgettigan
      Album: TOUCHED BY LOVE RECORDS, TBL2014
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Outlaw
      Composer: .The Os
      Performer(s): The Os
      Performer(s): The Os
      Album: ELECTRIC HONEY, EH2014
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Loretta
      Composer: Townes Van Zant
      Performer(s): Ystray Birds
      Performer(s): Ystray Birds
      Album: ECHO SESSIONS, TSB3
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Remembering A Beginning
      Composer: Elephant Revival
      Performer(s): Elephant Revival
      Performer(s): Elephant Revival
      Album: These Changing Skies, ITZ EVOLVIVG RECORDS/THIRTY TIGERS, 2014
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Midnight On The Water
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: TWOMEY RECORDS, TWOMEY 001
      Duration: 3:31
    • Title: Harder These Days To Walk Than Run
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Fretless
      Performer(s): The Fretless
      Performer(s): The Fretless
      Album: FRETLESS MUSIC RECORDS, .FRETLESS 2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Hollow Of The Hill
      Composer: James Cramer
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Album: Push On, CRASHED RECORDS, 2014
      Duration: 4:48
    • Title: It Slows Down
      Composer: John Gribben
      Performer(s): West Orchard
      Performer(s): West Orchard
      Album: BUILDING PICTURES RECORDS, 2013
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: Cool To Be Green
      Composer: Amy O'Meara
      Performer(s): The Unwanted
      Performer(s): The Unwanted
      Album: WHIRLING DISCS, WHRL03
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: Thank You
      Composer: Andrew James O'Brien
      Performer(s): Andrew James O'Brien
      Performer(s): Andrew James O'Brien
      Album: O'BRIEN RECORDS, NEWFOUNDLAND 2014
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Old Yeller Dog
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Flat Mountain Girls
      Performer(s): Flat Mountain Girls
      Performer(s): Flat Mountain Girls
      Album: FLAT MOUNTAIN RECORDS, FLAT2007
      Duration: 3:20

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