Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 5 July 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: Broken Things

Composer: K. MORGAN

Performer(s): Broken Bones

Duration: 4:11

01:00

Title: Train Whistle

Composer: HILLBENDERS

Performer(s): The Hillbenders

Album: Can You Hear Me? COMPASS RECORDS 7-4585-2

Duration: 3:14

01:00

Title: Sorrows Away

Composer: CASEY

Performer(s): Karen Casey

Duration: 3:35

01:00

Title: Sail Away

Composer: OLD HANNA

Performer(s): Old Hanna

Duration: 3:45

01:00

Title: Killybyrne Brae/Trim The Velvet

Composer: TRAD.ARR. BYRNE

Performer(s): Dermot Byrne/Florianne Blanche

Duration: 4:08

01:00

Title: Lick My Wounds

Composer: RON POPE

Performer(s): Ron Pope

Album: Calling off the Dogs RON POPE RECORDS RP2014

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Dark As The Night

Composer: BILL MONROE

Performer(s): Lynda Dawson And Pattie Hopkins

Duration: 2:37

01:00

Title: Records

Composer: JOHN SPILLANE

Performer(s): Caroline Fraher

Duration: 3:45

01:00

Title: Long Way Back

Composer: KEITH SEWELL

Performer(s): Keith Sewell

Album: Let Me Fall RUBBER DOG RECORDS RD2014

Duration: 3:54

01:00

Title: Weightless

Composer: MATT ANDERSEN

Performer(s): Matt Andersen

Album: Weightless TRUE NORTH RECORDS TN2014

Duration: 3:25

01:00

Title: Shotgun Betty

Composer: RICHIE FOLEY

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Duration: 3:04

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