Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 19 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: Jack's Song

Composer: MCCELLAN

Performer(s): Catherine Mccellan

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Eastview Lane

Composer: CATHRYN CRAIG

Performer(s): Brian Willoughby/Catheryn Craig

Duration: 3:54

01:00

Title: William Smith Monroe

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: William Smith Monroe - Single PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 4:25

01:00

Title: Shove The Pig's Foot A Little Further In The Fire

Composer: TRAD.ARR, WE BANJO 3

Performer(s): We Banjo 3

Duration: 4:54

01:00

Title: Build Me Up From Bones

Composer: SARAH JAROSZ

Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz

Album: Build Me Up From Bones RTE RECORDING RTE RECORDING

Duration: 3:33

01:00

Title: A Thousand Things

Composer: SARAH JAROSZ

Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz

Duration: 3:14

01:00

Title: Willie Moore

Composer: TRAD.ARR. ULLMAN

Performer(s): Lena Ullman And Ivor Ottley

Duration: 3:56

01:00

Title: The Shifting Ground

Composer: JAMES CRAMER

Performer(s): Tupelo

Album: Push On CRASHED RECORDS CARCD8017

Duration: 2:35

01:00

Title: Going To The West

Composer: EOIN O'RIABHAIG

Performer(s): Chris Twomey

Duration: 3:37

01:00

Title: Little Black Train

Composer: TRAD.ARR.GIRLS

Performer(s): Flat Mauntain Girls

Duration: 4:12

01:00

Title: Shotgun Betty

Composer: RICHIE FOLEY

Performer(s): Richie Foley

Duration: 3:04

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