Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 1 February 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: Judge And Jury

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: Onwards and Upwards PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 4:03

00:00

Title: Hold On

Composer: TIM O'BRIEN

Performer(s): Tim O'Brien

Duration: 3:23

00:00

Title: Down Along The Dixie Line

Composer: WELCH

Performer(s): Gillian Welch

Album: The Harrow & The Harvest ACONY/WARNER 5.05249867172e+12

Duration: 3:23

00:00

Title: Walls For Time

Composer: MONROE

Performer(s): Emmylou Harris

Duration: 4:04

00:00

Title: Muleskinner Blues

Composer: TRAD. ARR. MONROE

Performer(s): Bill Monroe

Album: Live at Mechanics Hall BLUE PLATE MUSIC BPM-400

Duration: 2:45

00:00

Title: Three Huntsmen

Composer: ANDY IRVINE

Performer(s): Andy Irvine

Album: Abocurragh IRVINE IRVINE 2012

Duration: 3:54

00:00

Title: Love The Way You Do

Composer: ED DEANE

Performer(s): Ed Deane

Album: Slideshow BLUE NAVIGATOR BN040

Duration: 3:00

00:00

Title: Henry Girls

Composer: HENRY GIRLS

Performer(s): Henry Girls

Duration: 2:35

00:00

Title: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Composer: PETE SEEGER

Performer(s): Pete Seeger

Album: The Essential Pete Seeger ROOTS COLLECTION DM-4203-02

Duration: 3:33

00:00

Title: On Top Of Old Smokey

Composer: PETE SEEGER

Performer(s): Pete Seeger

Album: Folk Songs for Young People ROOTS COLLECTION DM-4203-02

Duration: 3:06

00:00

Title: The Mathematician

Composer: TRAD.ARR.BYRNE

Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blance

Duration: 4:00

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