Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 5 July 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: Broken Things
      Composer: K. Morgan
      Performer(s): Broken Bones
      Performer(s): Broken Bones
      Album: TUMBLING BONES RECORDS, TB2014
      Duration: 4:11
    • Title: Train Whistle
      Composer: Hillbenders
      Performer(s): The Hillbenders
      Performer(s): The Hillbenders
      Album: Can You Hear Me?, COMPASS RECORDS, 7-4585-2
      Duration: 3:14
    • Title: Sorrows Away
      Composer: Casey
      Performer(s): Karen Casey
      Performer(s): Karen Casey
      Album: CROW VALLEY, CVCD004
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Sail Away
      Composer: Old Hanna
      Performer(s): Old Hanna
      Performer(s): Old Hanna
      Album: OLD HANNA RECORDS, OH2014
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Killybyrne Brae/Trim The Velvet
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Byrne
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne/Florianne Blanche
      Performer(s): Dermot Byrne/Florianne Blanche
      Album: BYRNE/BLANCHE RECORDS, BB2013
      Duration: 4:08
    • Title: Lick My Wounds
      Composer: Ron Pope
      Performer(s): Ron Pope
      Performer(s): Ron Pope
      Album: Calling off the Dogs, RON POPE RECORDS, RP2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Dark As The Night
      Composer: Bill Monroe
      Performer(s): Lynda Dawson And Pattie Hopkins
      Performer(s): Lynda Dawson And Pattie Hopkins
      Album: DAWSON/HOPKINS RECORDS, DH2014
      Duration: 2:37
    • Title: Records
      Composer: John Spillane
      Performer(s): Caroline Fraher
      Performer(s): Caroline Fraher
      Album: FRAHER RECORDS, FR2012
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Long Way Back
      Composer: Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Album: Let Me Fall, RUBBER DOG RECORDS, RD2014
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Weightless
      Composer: Matt Andersen
      Performer(s): Matt Andersen
      Performer(s): Matt Andersen
      Album: Weightless, TRUE NORTH RECORDS, TN2014
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Shotgun Betty
      Composer: Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Album: FOLEY DEMO, FOLEY2014
      Duration: 2:23

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