Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 28 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): Ords
      Performer(s): Ords
      Album: PINECASTLE, PRC 1182
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Clinch River Blues
      Composer: A.J.Roach
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Album: The Red Album, RED MOLLY RECORDS, RED MOLLY2014
      Duration: 2:48
    • Title: 1952 Vincent Black Shadow
      Composer: Richard Thompson
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Album: RED MOLLY RECORDS, RED MOLLY2014
      Duration: 5:08
    • Title: Push The Boy
      Composer: Gavin Mee
      Performer(s): Gavin Mee
      Performer(s): Gavin Mee
      Album: Meemantras, GAVIN MEE RECORDS, GM2014
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Records
      Composer: Gavin Mee
      Performer(s): Gavin Mee
      Performer(s): Gavin Mee
      Album: GAVIN MEE RECORDS, GM2014
      Duration: 3:22
    • Title: Dust On The Road
      Composer: Rackhouse Pilfer
      Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer
      Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer
      Album: Love and Havoc, PILFER RECORDS, HPRP001
      Duration: 3:56
    • Title: The Jigs
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Bonnymen
      Performer(s): The Bonnymen
      Performer(s): The Bonnymen
      Album: BONNY RECORDS, BONNY2011
      Duration: 4:54
    • Title: Melmoth The Wanderer
      Composer: The Ground Will Shake
      Performer(s): The Ground Will Shake
      Performer(s): The Ground Will Shake
      Album: Melmoth the Wanderer - Single, COOLER RECORDS, COOLER2014
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: Sweet Amarillo
      Composer: Old Crow Medicine Show
      Performer(s): Old Crow Medicine Show
      Performer(s): Old Crow Medicine Show
      Album: Remedy, ATO RECORDS, ATO2014
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: The Man From Tennessee
      Composer: Trad. Arr. Craver, Hicks, Watson
      Performer(s): Craver, Hicks, Watson
      Performer(s): Craver, Hicks, Watson
      Album: BARKER RECORDS, BARKER2012
      Duration: 2:43
    • Title: Me Up From Bones
      Composer: Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Album: SUGAR HILL, SH-4093
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Blue Is The Colour Of Time
      Composer: Brian O'Reilly
      Performer(s): Loudest Whisper
      Performer(s): Loudest Whisper
      Album: SUNBEAM RECORDS, SUNBEAM 2014
      Duration: 3:08

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