Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 28 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): Ords

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: Clinch River Blues

Composer: A.J.ROACH

Performer(s): Red Molly

Album: The Red Album RED MOLLY RECORDS RED MOLLY2014

Duration: 2:48

01:00

Title: 1952 Vincent Black Shadow

Composer: RICHARD THOMPSON

Performer(s): Red Molly

Duration: 5:08

01:00

Title: Push The Boy

Composer: GAVIN MEE

Performer(s): Gavin Mee

Album: Meemantras GAVIN MEE RECORDS GM2014

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: Records

Composer: GAVIN MEE

Performer(s): Gavin Mee

Duration: 3:22

01:00

Title: Dust On The Road

Composer: RACKHOUSE PILFER

Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer

Album: Love and Havoc PILFER RECORDS HPRP001

Duration: 3:56

01:00

Title: The Jigs

Composer: TRAD ARR.

Performer(s): The Bonnymen

Duration: 5:36

01:00

Title: Melmoth The Wanderer

Composer: THE GROUND WILL SHAKE

Performer(s): The Ground Will Shake

Album: Melmoth the Wanderer - Single COOLER RECORDS COOLER2014

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: Sweet Amarillo

Composer: OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

Performer(s): Old Crow Medicine Show

Album: Remedy ATO RECORDS ATO2014

Duration: 3:10

01:00

Title: The Man From Tennessee

Composer: TRAD. ARR. CRAVER, HICKS, WATSON

Performer(s): Craver, Hicks, Watson

Duration: 2:43

01:00

Title: Me Up From Bones

Composer: SARAH JAROSZ

Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Blue Is The Colour Of Time

Composer: BRIAN O'REILLY

Performer(s): Loudest Whisper

Duration: 3:08

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