Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 25 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: Lay Your Money Down
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Solas
      Performer(s): Solas
      Performer(s): Solas
      Album: Shamrock City, THL RECORDS, THL001
      Duration: 4:25
    • Title: Old Country
      Composer: Ords
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Album: CRASHED RECORDS, CRASHED2013
      Duration: 4:34
    • Title: James Monroe
      Composer: Henry Girls
      Performer(s): Henry Girls
      Performer(s): Henry Girls
      Album: BROKENSILENCE RECORDS, BS00636
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Valentine
      Composer: I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Album: I DRAW SLOW RECORDS, 2014
      Duration: 3:29
    • Title: Ain't Got Trouble Now
      Composer: Alan Jackson
      Performer(s): Alan Jackson
      Performer(s): Alan Jackson
      Album: The Bluegrass Album, EMI RECORDS, B0019107-02
      Duration: 2:39
    • Title: Napoleon's Lament
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Gerry Cullen
      Performer(s): Gerry Cullen
      Performer(s): Gerry Cullen
      Album: BLUE CUCKOO, BC2013
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Losing
      Composer: Grace Wilde
      Performer(s): Grace Wilde
      Performer(s): Grace Wilde
      Album: ARKLOW RECORDS, ARKCD003
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Josie's Reel
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Album: The Way of a Wanderer, RUBBER DOG RECORDS, RUBBER DOG 2009
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: How Many Roads
      Composer: Pulley
      Performer(s): Nation And Blackwell
      Performer(s): Nation And Blackwell
      Album: NATION AND BLACKWELL RECORDS, N AND M 2014
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: She Left Me Standing On A Mountain
      Composer: Alton Delmore
      Performer(s): Bluegrass Mountaineers
      Performer(s): Bluegrass Mountaineers
      Album: BLUE CIRCLE RECORDS, BRC038
      Duration: 2:45
    • Title: Janey
      Composer: Foy Vance
      Performer(s): Foy Vance
      Performer(s): Foy Vance
      Album: Joy of Nothing, PIAS RECORDS, PIAS2013
      Duration: 2:56
    • Title: Hundred Dollar Bills
      Composer: Sarah Mcdougal
      Performer(s): Sarah Mcdougall
      Performer(s): Sarah Mcdougall
      Album: CPS RECORDS, CPS703
      Duration: 2:08
    • Title: Jenny Lynn
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Compton
      Performer(s): Mike Compton
      Performer(s): Mike Compton
      Album: Rotten Taters, COMPTON RECORDS, COMPTON2013
      Duration: 2:35

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