Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 18 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
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: RELAX YOUR MIND
      Composer: TRAD.ARR.PETERS
      Performer(s): RED PETERS
      Performer(s): RED PETERS
      Duration: 0:03:02
    • Title: HARD TIMES THEY NEVER GO AWAY
      Composer: KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Performer(s): KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Performer(s): KELLY JOE PHELPS
      Duration: 0:04:04
    • Title: DON'T UNCORK WHAT YOU CAN'T CONTAIN
      Composer: SUZANNE VEGA
      Performer(s): SUZANNE VEGA
      Performer(s): SUZANNE VEGA
      Album: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, COOKING VINYL, CV2014
      Duration: 0:04:00
    • Title: EARL'S BREAKDOWN
      Composer: EARL SCRUGGS
      Performer(s): STEVE HUBER
      Performer(s): STEVE HUBER
      Duration: 0:02:56
    • Title: MY LOVE IS BUT A LASSIE
      Composer: TRAD.ARR. LUNNY
      Performer(s): LEITRIM EQUATION
      Performer(s): LEITRIM EQUATION
      Duration: 0:02:56
    • Title: TEXAS LOVE SONG
      Composer: SLAID CLEAVES
      Performer(s): SLAID CLEAVES
      Performer(s): SLAID CLEAVES
      Duration: 0:03:14
    • Title: LORD, FORGIVE US
      Composer: BARRY MCCORMACK
      Performer(s): BARRY MCCORMACK
      Performer(s): BARRY MCCORMACK
      Album: Cut Throat Lane, HAG'S HEAD RECORDS, HAGS HEAD2013
      Duration: 0:03:10
    • Title: I'M FORGETTIN' 'BOUT YOU
      Composer: CERTAIN
      Performer(s): BLUEGRASS BOOGIEMEN
      Performer(s): BLUEGRASS BOOGIEMEN
      Duration: 0:02:35
    • Title: WORKING ON LOVE
      Composer: NIALL TONER
      Performer(s): ALBERT LEE
      Performer(s): ALBERT LEE
      Duration: 0:04:24
    • Title: HERE COMES THE BOOGIE MAN
      Composer: MCKEOWN
      Performer(s): CONNOR AND THE CROOKS
      Performer(s): CONNOR AND THE CROOKS
      Duration: 0:03:20
    • Title: THAT'S ALL RIGHT
      Composer: JOHN GREER
      Performer(s): JOHN GREER BAND
      Performer(s): JOHN GREER BAND
      Duration: 0:03:46
    • Title: WAY UP ON THE HILL
      Composer: OVERTON
      Performer(s): HATFUL OF RAIN
      Performer(s): HATFUL OF RAIN
      Album: Way Up On the Hill, UNION MUSIC STORE RECORDS, UMS003
      Duration: 0:02:20
    • Title: SHOTGUN BETTY
      Composer: RICHIE FOLEY
      Performer(s): RICHIE FOLEY
      Performer(s): RICHIE FOLEY
      Duration: 0:03:06

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