Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 21 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): Richie Foley

Album: Burren Backstep - Single PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: So Long, So Wrong

Composer: PATRICK BRAYER

Performer(s): Alison Krauss

Duration: 3:25

01:00

Title: Another Despair

Composer: HOLCOMBE

Performer(s): Malcolm Holcombe

Duration: 2:41

01:00

Title: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Composer: RENBOURNE

Performer(s): John Renbourne

Duration: 4:08

01:00

Title: Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus

Composer: TRAD.ARR.LVSB

Performer(s): Lee Valley String Band

Duration: 3:35

01:00

Title: Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Composer: ANTONY TONER

Performer(s): Antony Toner

Duration: 3:27

01:00

Title: The Bonnie Light Horseman

Composer: TRAD. ARR. VOICE SQUAD

Performer(s): The Voice Squad

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Graceland

Composer: PAUL SIMON

Performer(s): Walker/Groopman

Duration: 5:00

01:00

Title: Fallen Sun

Composer: JOSEPH

Performer(s): Bruce Joseph And Ruth Trimbale

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: I Belong To To The Band

Composer: TAL NACCARATO

Performer(s): Tal Naccarato

Duration: 4:16

01:00

Title: Live In Hope

Composer: MICK FLANNERY

Performer(s): Mick Flannery

Duration: 3:25

01:00

Title: Take My Love With You

Composer: BEN SANDS

Performer(s): Brendan Quinn

Duration: 4:01

01:00

Title: My September Came Later This Year

Composer: DURAK

Performer(s): Austin Durak

Duration: 4:00

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