Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 18 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: Relax Your Mind

Composer: TRAD.ARR.PETERS

Performer(s): Red Peters

Album: Rare Recordings (1968 - 1989) RED RECORDS RED1013

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Hard Times They Never Go Away

Composer: KELLY JOE PHELPS

Performer(s): Kelly Joe Phelps

Duration: 4:04

00:00

Title: Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain

Composer: SUZANNE VEGA

Performer(s): Suzanne Vega

Album: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles COOKING VINYL CV2014

Duration: 4:00

00:00

Title: Earl's Breakdown

Composer: EARL SCRUGGS

Performer(s): Steve Huber

Duration: 2:56

00:00

Title: My Love Is But A Lassie

Composer: TRAD.ARR. LUNNY

Performer(s): Leitrim Equation

Duration: 2:56

00:00

Title: Texas Love Song

Composer: SLAID CLEAVES

Performer(s): Slaid Cleaves

Duration: 3:00

00:00

Title: Lord, Forgive Us

Composer: BARRY MCCORMACK

Performer(s): Barry Mccormack

Album: Cut Throat Lane HAG'S HEAD RECORDS HAGS HEAD2013

Duration: 3:10

00:00

Title: I'M Forgettin' 'Bout You

Composer: CERTAIN

Performer(s): Bluegrass Boogiemen

Duration: 2:35

00:00

Title: Working On Love

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Albert Lee

Duration: 4:24

00:00

Title: Here Comes The Boogie Man

Composer: MCKEOWN

Performer(s): Connor And The Crooks

Duration: 3:20

00:00

Title: That's All Right

Composer: JOHN GREER

Performer(s): John Greer Band

Duration: 3:46

00:00

Title: Way Up On The Hill

Composer: OVERTON

Performer(s): Hatful Of Rain

Album: Way Up On the Hill UNION MUSIC STORE RECORDS UMS003

Duration: 2:20

00:00

Title: Shotgun Betty

Composer: RICHIE FOLEY

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Duration: 3:04

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