Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 7 June 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): Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Album: Onwards and Upwards, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC 1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds
      Composer: Melba Montgomery
      Performer(s): Rhonda Vincent
      Performer(s): Rhonda Vincent
      Album: UPPER MANAGEMENT RECORDS, UM2013
      Duration: 2:43
    • Title: The Doll In Cash's Window
      Composer: Pat Daly
      Performer(s): Jimmy Crowley
      Performer(s): Jimmy Crowley
      Album: FREESTATE RECORDS, FREESTATE 2014
      Duration: 2:14
    • Title: Drinking Coffee Rag
      Composer: Heron
      Performer(s): Rob Heron
      Performer(s): Rob Heron
      Album: TEAPAD RECORDINGS, NO NUMBER
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: More Trouble Than It's Worth
      Composer: Milan Miller
      Performer(s): Milan Miller
      Performer(s): Milan Miller
      Album: Poison Cove, MILLER RECORDS, 2013
      Duration: 2:54
    • Title: Eliza Blue
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Hat Fitz
      Performer(s): Hat Fitz And Cara
      Performer(s): Hat Fitz And Cara
      Album: HATFITZ RECORDS, HATFITZ 2013
      Duration: 3:24
    • Title: Fishin' Hole
      Composer: Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Album: Let Me Fall, RUBBER DOG RECORDS, RD2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Get On Board
      Composer: Trad Arr We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo Three
      Performer(s): We Banjo Three
      Album: IVE RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: Dodder Valley Waltz
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: FOZZMOZZ RECORDS, FOZZMOZZ2014
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: Going To The West
      Composer: Eoin O'Riabhaig
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: FOZZ MOZZ MUSIC, FOZZMOZZ2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: The Pendulum
      Composer: No Crows
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Album: NO CROWS, WHRL016
      Duration: 3:24
    • Title: Mr.O'Connor
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Byrne
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blanche
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blanche
      Album: BYRNE/BLANCHE RECORDS, BB2012
      Duration: 4:03
    • Title: Rest Of My Life
      Composer: Nickel Creek
      Performer(s): Nickel Creek
      Performer(s): Nickel Creek
      Album: A Dotted Line, NONESUCH RECORDS, 7559-79550-7
      Duration: 3:56

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