Roots Freeway

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 19 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: Jack's Song
      Composer: Mccellan
      Performer(s): Catherine Mccellan
      Performer(s): Catherine Mccellan
      Album: CANADA FACTOR RECORDS, 2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Eastview Lane
      Composer: Cathryn Craig
      Performer(s): Brian Willoughby/Catheryn Craig
      Performer(s): Brian Willoughby/Catheryn Craig
      Album: CAB RECORDS, CAB006
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: William Smith Monroe
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Niall Toner
      Album: William Smith Monroe - Single, PINECASTLE RECORDS, PRC1182
      Duration: 4:25
    • Title: Shove The Pig's Foot A Little Further In The Fire
      Composer: Trad.Arr, We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Performer(s): We Banjo 3
      Album: WB3CD, WB3CD002
      Duration: 4:54
    • Title: Build Me Up From Bones
      Composer: Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Album: Build Me Up From Bones, RTE RECORDING, RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: A Thousand Things
      Composer: Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Performer(s): Sarah Jarosz
      Album: RTE RECORDING, RTE RECORDING
      Duration: 3:14
    • Title: Willie Moore
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Ullman
      Performer(s): Lena Ullman And Ivor Ottley
      Performer(s): Lena Ullman And Ivor Ottley
      Album: IOM RECORDS, IOM001
      Duration: 3:56
    • Title: The Shifting Ground
      Composer: James Cramer
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Performer(s): Tupelo
      Album: Push On, CRASHED RECORDS, CARCD8017
      Duration: 2:35
    • Title: Going To The West
      Composer: Eoin O'Riabhaig
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Performer(s): Chris Twomey
      Album: FOZZ MOZZ MUSIC, FOZZMOZZ2014
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Little Black Train
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Girls
      Performer(s): Flat Mauntain Girls
      Performer(s): Flat Mauntain Girls
      Album: FMG RECORDS, FMG002
      Duration: 4:12
    • 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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