Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 25 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: Lay Your Money Down

Composer: TRAD.ARR.SOLAS

Performer(s): Solas

Album: Shamrock City THL RECORDS THL001

Duration: 4:25

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Title: Old Country

Composer: ORDS

Performer(s): Tupelo

Duration: 4:34

00:00

Title: James Monroe

Composer: HENRY GIRLS

Performer(s): Henry Girls

Duration: 3:45

00:00

Title: Valentine

Composer: I DRAW SLOW

Performer(s): I Draw Slow

Duration: 3:29

00:00

Title: Ain't Got Trouble Now

Composer: ALAN JACKSON

Performer(s): Alan Jackson

Album: The Bluegrass Album EMI RECORDS B0019107-02

Duration: 2:39

00:00

Title: Napoleon's Lament

Composer: TRAD.ARR.GERRY CULLEN

Performer(s): Gerry Cullen

Duration: 3:00

00:00

Title: Losing

Composer: GRACE WILDE

Performer(s): Grace Wilde

Duration: 3:02

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Title: Josie's Reel

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Keith Sewell

Album: The Way of a Wanderer RUBBER DOG RECORDS RUBBER DOG 2009

Duration: 3:16

00:00

Title: How Many Roads

Composer: PULLEY

Performer(s): Nation And Blackwell

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: She Left Me Standing On A Mountain

Composer: ALTON DELMORE

Performer(s): Bluegrass Mountaineers

Duration: 2:45

00:00

Title: Janey

Composer: FOY VANCE

Performer(s): Foy Vance

Album: Joy of Nothing PIAS RECORDS PIAS2013

Duration: 2:56

00:00

Title: Hundred Dollar Bills

Composer: SARAH MCDOUGAL

Performer(s): Sarah Mcdougall

Duration: 2:08

00:00

Title: Jenny Lynn

Composer: TRAD.ARR. COMPTON

Performer(s): Mike Compton

Album: Rotten Taters COMPTON RECORDS COMPTON2013

Duration: 2:35

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