Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 2 August 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: Sadly Grows The Rose
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): The Unwanted
      Performer(s): The Unwanted
      Album: Music from the Atlantic Fringe, WHIRLING DISCS, WHRL013
      Duration: 3:56
    • Title: Watchin' The World Go By
      Composer: Mcgettigan
      Performer(s): Charlie Mcgettigan
      Performer(s): Charlie Mcgettigan
      Album: The Man from 20, JARGON RECORDS, JARGON2013
      Duration: 2:45
    • Title: Randall Collins
      Composer: Norman Blake
      Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer
      Performer(s): Rackhouse Pilfer
      Album: LAKE RECORDS, LRCD0038
      Duration: 2:14
    • Title: Down Along The Dixie Line
      Composer: Welch
      Performer(s): Gillian Welch
      Performer(s): Gillian Welch
      Album: The Harrow & The Harvest, ACONY/WARNER, 5.05249867172e+12
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Love The Way You Do
      Composer: Ed Deane
      Performer(s): Ed Deane
      Performer(s): Ed Deane
      Album: Slideshow, BLUE NAVIGATOR, BN040
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Everyday
      Composer: Grainne Duffy
      Performer(s): Grainne Duffy
      Performer(s): Grainne Duffy
      Album: DUFFY RECORDS, DUFFY2011
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Homeward Bound
      Composer: Paul Simon
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Performer(s): Red Molly
      Album: The Red Album, RED RECORDS, RED2014
      Duration: 3:23
    • Title: Records
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Bonnymen
      Performer(s): Bonnymen
      Performer(s): Bonnymen
      Album: BONNYMEN RECORDS, BONNYMEN2011
      Duration: 4:20
    • Title: The Promise
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Summervilla
      Performer(s): Summervilla
      Album: SUMMERVILLA RECORDS, SUMMERVILLA2005
      Duration: 3:08
    • Title: A Feather's Not A Bird
      Composer: Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal
      Performer(s): Rosanne Cash
      Performer(s): Rosanne Cash
      Album: The River & the Thread (Deluxe), BLUE NOTE, 060253.75591.2.1
      Duration: 3:18

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