Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 22 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

00:00

Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Richie Foley Band

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Take This Hammer

Composer: TRAD.ARR. ULISSE

Performer(s): Donna Ulisse

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Short Goodbye

Composer: CHUCK MEAD

Performer(s): Chuck Mead

Duration: 3:06

00:00

Title: Sweet Sixteen

Composer: ARR.MICHELLE LALLY

Performer(s): De Dannan

Duration: 4:58

00:00

Title: Golden Eagle

Composer: FRANKIE GAVIN

Performer(s): De Dannan

Duration: 2:56

00:00

Title: Button Up

Composer: HEIDI TALBOT

Performer(s): Heidi Talbot

Album: Angels Without Wings DEMO DEMO HEIDI 2014

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Please Heart You're Killin' Me

Composer: CROWELL

Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy

Duration: 4:04

00:00

Title: Old No.7 And Me

Composer: CHRIS STUART

Performer(s): Chris Stuart

Duration: 3:02

00:00

Title: Ullapool

Composer: CHRIS STUART

Performer(s): Chris Stuart

Duration: 4:00

00:00

Title: The Colour Of Time

Composer: B.O'REILLY

Performer(s): Loudest Whisper

Album: Blue Is the Colour of Time SUNBEAM RECORDS UK SUNBEAM 2014

Duration: 3:25

00:00

Title: The Joy Of Living

Composer: EWEN MCCOLL

Performer(s): Luka Bloom

Album: Head & Heart BIG SKY RECORDS BSCD08

Duration: 4:16

00:00

Title: Irish Boys

Composer: OLD HANNAH

Performer(s): Old Hannah

Duration: 3:16

00:00

Title: All Souls

Composer: DAVE AND LOUISE HOLDEN

Performer(s): I Draw Slow

Album: White Wave Chapel WHITE WAVE RECORDS WHITE WAVE 2014

Duration: 3:12

00:00

Title: Rising With The Sun

Composer: JOHNNY DUHAN

Performer(s): Johnny Duhan

Album: Winter BELL RECORDS BELL-353-915-92531

Duration: 3:14

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