Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 12 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: Junk On The Radio
      Composer: Rob Heron
      Performer(s): Rob Heron And The Teapad Orchestra
      Performer(s): Rob Heron And The Teapad Orchestra
      Album: WIPEOUT, WIPEOUT2914
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Instant Classic
      Composer: Mckeown
      Performer(s): Eirn Mckeown/Ryan Montbleau
      Performer(s): Eirn Mckeown/Ryan Montbleau
      Album: TVP RECORDS, TVP 252512
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: Simple
      Composer: O'Carroll
      Performer(s): Mendicino
      Performer(s): Mendicino
      Album: MENDICINO RECORDS, MENDICINO 2013
      Duration: 2:25
    • Title: Down The River Uncle Joe
      Composer: Trad.Arr. We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Album: Gather the Good, WB3CD, WB3CD002
      Duration: 3:31
    • Title: Ruben
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Phaid
      Performer(s): Bernie Phaid
      Performer(s): Bernie Phaid
      Album: PHAID2014, PHAID2914
      Duration: 4:05
    • Title: War After War
      Composer: James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Album: SELF RECORDED, 2014
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Benny Brown
      Composer: Terry Penny
      Performer(s): Terry Penny
      Performer(s): Terry Penny
      Album: TERRY PENNY RECORDS, 208993
      Duration: 3:37
    • Title: Mrs.Winchester
      Composer: Noonan
      Performer(s): Paper Clips
      Performer(s): Paper Clips
      Album: BCD RECORDS, BCD01
      Duration: 2:50
    • Title: Georgia
      Composer: Cramer
      Performer(s): Janet Cramer
      Performer(s): Janet Cramer
      Album: CRAMER RECORDS, CRAMER2014
      Duration: 4:05
    • Title: In Lieu Of You
      Composer: Paul Creane
      Performer(s): Paul Creane
      Performer(s): Paul Creane
      Album: CREANE RECORDS, CREANE2014
      Duration: 2:50
    • Title: Bluebonnett
      Composer: Picott
      Performer(s): Rod Picott
      Performer(s): Rod Picott
      Album: WELDING ROD RECORDS, WELDING ROD RECORDS2013
      Duration: 2:16
    • Title: Hey Joe
      Composer: Billy Roberts
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Performer(s): No Crows
      Album: CROW RECORDS, WHRL016
      Duration: 5:20
    • Title: Can't Take The Money
      Composer: James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Album: SELF RECORDED, 2014
      Duration: 2:29

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