Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 1 February 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: Judge And Jury
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Album: Onwards and Upwards, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 4:03
    • Title: Hold On
      Composer: Tim O'Brien
      Performer(s): Tim O'Brien
      Performer(s): Tim O'Brien
      Album: SUGAR HILL, SH-CD4005
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Down Along The Dixie Line
      Composer: Welch
      Performer(s): Gillian Welch
      Performer(s): Gillian Welch
      Album: The Harrow & The Harvest, ACONY/WARNER, 5.05249867172e+12
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Walls For Time
      Composer: Monroe
      Performer(s): Emmylou Harris
      Performer(s): Emmylou Harris
      Album: WARNER BROS, WARNER 1998
      Duration: 4:04
    • Title: Muleskinner Blues
      Composer: Trad. Arr. Monroe
      Performer(s): Bill Monroe
      Performer(s): Bill Monroe
      Album: Live at Mechanics Hall, BLUE PLATE MUSIC, BPM-400
      Duration: 2:45
    • Title: Three Huntsmen
      Composer: Andy Irvine
      Performer(s): Andy Irvine
      Performer(s): Andy Irvine
      Album: Abocurragh, IRVINE, IRVINE 2012
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Love The Way You Do
      Composer: Ed Deane
      Performer(s): Ed Deane
      Performer(s): Ed Deane
      Album: Slideshow, BLUE NAVIGATOR, BN040
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Henry Girls
      Composer: Henry Girls
      Performer(s): Henry Girls
      Performer(s): Henry Girls
      Album: BROKEN SILENCE, BU045
      Duration: 2:35
    • Title: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
      Composer: Pete Seeger
      Performer(s): Pete Seeger
      Performer(s): Pete Seeger
      Album: The Essential Pete Seeger, ROOTS COLLECTION, DM-4203-02
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: On Top Of Old Smokey
      Composer: Pete Seeger
      Performer(s): Pete Seeger
      Performer(s): Pete Seeger
      Album: Folk Songs for Young People, ROOTS COLLECTION, DM-4203-02
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: The Mathematician
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Byrne
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blance
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blance
      Album: WWW.DERMOTANDFLO.COM, D AND F 2013
      Duration: 4:00

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