Roots Freeway

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

    Roots Freeway Saturday 26 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: 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: Used To Be
      Composer: Bill Monroe
      Performer(s): Land Of Lincoln
      Performer(s): Land Of Lincoln
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Planxty O'Brien
      Composer: Leslie
      Performer(s): Grisman,Leslie,Hargreaves And Smith
      Performer(s): Grisman,Leslie,Hargreaves And Smith
      Duration: 4:13
    • Title: The Blackest Crow
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Lvsb
      Performer(s): Lee Valley String Band
      Performer(s): Lee Valley String Band
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: The Butchers/Sheep In The Boat/John Naughton's Jig
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Cahill
      Performer(s): Dennis Cahill And Martin Hayes
      Performer(s): Dennis Cahill And Martin Hayes
      Duration: 4:33
    • Title: Best Boots On The Bus
      Composer: Rohan Healy
      Performer(s): The Dublin City Rounders
      Performer(s): The Dublin City Rounders
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: Canned Heat
      Composer: Boran
      Performer(s): Spencer Boran
      Performer(s): Spencer Boran
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Acoustic Blues
      Composer: Rick Vito
      Performer(s): Rick Vito
      Performer(s): Rick Vito
      Duration: 3:14
    • Title: Can't Let Go Of Cigarettes
      Composer: Paul Creane
      Performer(s): Paul Creane
      Performer(s): Paul Creane
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: Can't Take Money
      Composer: James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Performer(s): James O'Connor
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Shotgun Betty
      Composer: Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Duration: 2:14
    • Title: Hey Dog
      Composer: Alan Begley
      Performer(s): Spirit Riders
      Performer(s): Spirit Riders
      Duration: 3:50

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