Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

    Nialls book, The Nuts and Bolts of Songwriting, is still available.

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 22 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 Band
      Performer(s): Richie Foley Band
      Album: PINECASTLE, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Take This Hammer
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Ulisse
      Performer(s): Donna Ulisse
      Performer(s): Donna Ulisse
      Album: HADLEY MUSIC, HMG1012
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Short Goodbye
      Composer: Chuck Mead
      Performer(s): Chuck Mead
      Performer(s): Chuck Mead
      Album: 453 MUSIC, NONE GIVEN
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: Sweet Sixteen
      Composer: Arr.Michelle Lally
      Performer(s): De Dannan
      Performer(s): De Dannan
      Album: MCRORYS MUSIC, JIGS AND JAZZ 2
      Duration: 4:58
    • Title: Golden Eagle
      Composer: Frankie Gavin
      Performer(s): De Dannan
      Performer(s): De Dannan
      Album: MCRORYS MUSIC, JIGS AND JAZZ 2
      Duration: 2:56
    • Title: Button Up
      Composer: Heidi Talbot
      Performer(s): Heidi Talbot
      Performer(s): Heidi Talbot
      Album: Angels Without Wings, DEMO, DEMO HEIDI 2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Please Heart You're Killin' Me
      Composer: Crowell
      Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy
      Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy
      Album: MOSCO DISCS, MOSCD4111
      Duration: 4:04
    • Title: Old No.7 And Me
      Composer: Chris Stuart
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart
      Album: BACKCOUNTRY RECORDS, BCK839
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Ullapool
      Composer: Chris Stuart
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart
      Album: BACKCOUNTRY RECORDS, BCK839
      Duration: 4:00
    • Title: The Colour Of Time
      Composer: B.O'Reilly
      Performer(s): Loudest Whisper
      Performer(s): Loudest Whisper
      Album: Blue Is the Colour of Time, SUNBEAM RECORDS UK, SUNBEAM 2014
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: The Joy Of Living
      Composer: Ewen Mccoll
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Album: Head & Heart, BIG SKY RECORDS, BSCD08
      Duration: 4:16
    • Title: Irish Boys
      Composer: Old Hannah
      Performer(s): Old Hannah
      Performer(s): Old Hannah
      Album: OLD HANNAH RECORDS, OLD HANNAH2013
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: All Souls
      Composer: Dave And Louise Holden
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Album: White Wave Chapel, WHITE WAVE RECORDS, WHITE WAVE 2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Rising With The Sun
      Composer: Johnny Duhan
      Performer(s): Johnny Duhan
      Performer(s): Johnny Duhan
      Album: Winter, BELL RECORDS, BELL-353-915-92531
      Duration: 3:14

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