Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 2 August 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: Sadly Grows The Rose

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): The Unwanted

Album: Music from the Atlantic Fringe WHIRLING DISCS WHRL013

Duration: 3:56

01:00

Title: Watchin' The World Go By

Composer: MCGETTIGAN

Performer(s): Charlie Mcgettigan

Album: The Man from 20 JARGON RECORDS JARGON2013

Duration: 2:45

01:00

Title: Randall Collins

Composer: NORMAN BLAKE

Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer

Duration: 2:14

01:00

Title: Down Along The Dixie Line

Composer: WELCH

Performer(s): Gillian Welch

Album: The Harrow & The Harvest ACONY/WARNER 5.05249867172e+12

Duration: 3:23

01:00

Title: Love The Way You Do

Composer: ED DEANE

Performer(s): Ed Deane

Album: Slideshow BLUE NAVIGATOR BN040

Duration: 3:00

01:00

Title: Everyday

Composer: GRAINNE DUFFY

Performer(s): Grainne Duffy

Duration: 3:45

01:00

Title: Homeward Bound

Composer: PAUL SIMON

Performer(s): Red Molly

Album: The Red Album RED RECORDS RED2014

Duration: 3:23

01:00

Title: Records

Composer: TRAD.ARR. BONNYMEN

Performer(s): Bonnymen

Duration: 4:20

01:00

Title: The Promise

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Summervilla

Duration: 3:08

01:00

Title: A Feather's Not A Bird

Composer: ROSANNE CASH, JOHN LEVENTHAL

Performer(s): Rosanne Cash

Album: The River & the Thread (Deluxe) BLUE NOTE 060253.75591.2.1

Duration: 3:18

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