Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 15 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

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Title: This Is Your Sword

Composer: SPRINGSTEEN

Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen

Album: High Hopes COLUMBIA 88843015462

Duration: 2:52

00:00

Title: Don't You Remember

Composer: GRAINNE DUFFY

Performer(s): Grainne Duffy

Duration: 3:16

00:00

Title: Folk, Soul And Rock 'N' Roll

Composer: NIALL MC CABE

Performer(s): Niall Mccabe Band

Duration: 4:46

00:00

Title: The Wanderer

Composer: SETH LAKEMAN

Performer(s): Seth Lakeman

Duration: 3:27

00:00

Title: Springtime

Composer: DAVE AND LOUISE HOLDEN

Performer(s): I Draw Slow

Album: White Wave Chapel N/A

Duration: 2:24

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Title: Woodstock Winter

Composer: TOM PACHECO

Performer(s): Tom Pacheco

Album: Woodstock Winter MERCURY 532 793-2

Duration: 6:16

00:00

Title: Mountains Of Sorrow

Composer: AMOS LEE

Performer(s): Amos Lee

Album: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (Deluxe) BLUE NOTE 602537432387

Duration: 4:01

00:00

Title: Sweet Reynardine

Composer: TRAD.ARR. GIDDON

Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon

Duration: 3:24

00:00

Title: Show Me The Money

Composer: TRAD.ARR. GIDDON

Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Cigar Store Indian

Composer: ZERVAS AND PEPPER

Performer(s): Zervas And Pepper

Duration: 4:17

00:00

Title: Maple Leaf Rag

Composer: SCOTT JOPLIN

Performer(s): Simon Mayor

Duration: 3:41

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