Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 15 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: This Is Your Sword
      Composer: Springsteen
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Album: High Hopes, COLUMBIA, 88843015462
      Duration: 2:52
    • Title: Don't You Remember
      Composer: Grainne Duffy
      Performer(s): Grainne Duffy
      Performer(s): Grainne Duffy
      Album: DUFFY RECORDS, DUFFY 2012
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Folk, Soul And Rock 'N' Roll
      Composer: Niall Mc Cabe
      Performer(s): Niall Mccabe Band
      Performer(s): Niall Mccabe Band
      Album: MCCABE CD, CD2014
      Duration: 4:46
    • Title: The Wanderer
      Composer: Seth Lakeman
      Performer(s): Seth Lakeman
      Performer(s): Seth Lakeman
      Album: COOKING VINYL, COOKCD535X
      Duration: 3:27
    • Title: Springtime
      Composer: Dave And Louise Holden
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Album: White Wave Chapel
      Duration: 2:24
    • Title: Woodstock Winter
      Composer: Tom Pacheco
      Performer(s): Tom Pacheco
      Performer(s): Tom Pacheco
      Album: Woodstock Winter, MERCURY, 532 793-2
      Duration: 6:16
    • Title: Mountains Of Sorrow
      Composer: Amos Lee
      Performer(s): Amos Lee
      Performer(s): Amos Lee
      Album: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (Deluxe), BLUE NOTE, 602537432387
      Duration: 4:01
    • Title: Sweet Reynardine
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Giddon
      Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon
      Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon
      Album: RTE RECORDING, RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 3:24
    • Title: Show Me The Money
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Giddon
      Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon
      Performer(s): Rhianna Giddon
      Album: RTE RECORDING, RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Cigar Store Indian
      Composer: Zervas And Pepper
      Performer(s): Zervas And Pepper
      Performer(s): Zervas And Pepper
      Album: ZERVAS RECORDS, ZERVAS2011
      Duration: 4:17
    • Title: Maple Leaf Rag
      Composer: Scott Joplin
      Performer(s): Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Simon Mayor
      Album: ACOUSTIC RECORDS, ACOUSTIC2014
      Duration: 3:41

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