Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 7 June 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

01:00

Title: Burren Backstep

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: Onwards and Upwards PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC 1182

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds

Composer: MELBA MONTGOMERY

Performer(s): Rhonda Vincent

Duration: 2:43

01:00

Title: The Doll In Cash's Window

Composer: PAT DALY

Performer(s): Jimmy Crowley

Duration: 2:14

01:00

Title: Drinking Coffee Rag

Composer: HERON

Performer(s): Rob Heron

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: More Trouble Than It's Worth

Composer: MILAN MILLER

Performer(s): Milan Miller

Album: Poison Cove MILLER RECORDS 2013

Duration: 2:54

01:00

Title: Eliza Blue

Composer: TRAD.ARR. HAT FITZ

Performer(s): Hat Fitz And Cara

Duration: 3:24

01:00

Title: Fishin' Hole

Composer: KEITH SEWELL

Performer(s): Keith Sewell

Album: Let Me Fall RUBBER DOG RECORDS RD2014

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Get On Board

Composer: TRAD ARR WE BANJO 3

Performer(s): We Banjo Three

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: Dodder Valley Waltz

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Chris Twomey

Duration: 3:08

01:00

Title: Going To The West

Composer: EOIN O'RIABHAIG

Performer(s): Chris Twomey

Duration: 3:37

01:00

Title: The Pendulum

Composer: FELIP CARBONELL COMP

Performer(s): No Crows

Duration: 3:43

01:00

Title: Mr.O'Connor

Composer: TRAD.ARR. BYRNE

Performer(s): Dermot Byrne And Floriane Blanche

Duration: 4:03

01:00

Title: Rest Of My Life

Composer: NICKEL CREEK

Performer(s): Nickel Creek

Album: A Dotted Line NONESUCH RECORDS 7559-79550-7

Duration: 3:56

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