Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 21 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): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Album: Burren Backstep - Single, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: So Long, So Wrong
      Composer: Patrick Brayer
      Performer(s): Alison Krauss
      Performer(s): Alison Krauss
      Album: ESGCD, ESGCD-318-3
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Another Despair
      Composer: Holcombe
      Performer(s): Malcolm Holcombe
      Performer(s): Malcolm Holcombe
      Album: GYPSY EYES, GE2014
      Duration: 2:41
    • Title: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
      Composer: Renbourne
      Performer(s): John Renbourne
      Performer(s): John Renbourne
      Album: SANCTUARY RECORDS, SMETD129
      Duration: 4:08
    • Title: Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Lvsb
      Performer(s): Lee Valley String Band
      Performer(s): Lee Valley String Band
      Album: FOZZMOZZ RECORDS, FOZZMOZZ2014
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Tell Me Something I Don't Know
      Composer: Antony Toner
      Performer(s): Antony Toner
      Performer(s): Antony Toner
      Album: DOZENS OF COUSINS, DC003
      Duration: 3:27
    • Title: The Bonnie Light Horseman
      Composer: Trad. Arr. Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Album: TARA RECORDS, TARA47
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Graceland
      Composer: Paul Simon
      Performer(s): Walker/Groopman
      Performer(s): Walker/Groopman
      Album: MAKER MENDER RECORDS, MM102
      Duration: 5:00
    • Title: Fallen Sun
      Composer: Joseph
      Performer(s): Bruce Joseph And Ruth Trimbale
      Performer(s): Bruce Joseph And Ruth Trimbale
      Album: BRUCE-JOSEPH RECORDS, BJ2014
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: I Belong To To The Band
      Composer: Tal Naccarato
      Performer(s): Tal Naccarato
      Performer(s): Tal Naccarato
      Album: TAL RECORDS, TAL2014
      Duration: 4:16
    • Title: Live In Hope
      Composer: Mick Flannery
      Performer(s): Mick Flannery
      Performer(s): Mick Flannery
      Album: UNIVERSAL RECORDS, 3775752
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Take My Love With You
      Composer: Ben Sands
      Performer(s): Brendan Quinn
      Performer(s): Brendan Quinn
      Album: TUNECORE RECORDS, TUNECORE2014
      Duration: 4:01
    • Title: My September Came Later This Year
      Composer: Durak
      Performer(s): Austin Durak
      Performer(s): Austin Durak
      Album: DURAK RECORDS, DURAK2914
      Duration: 4:00

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