Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 9 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: Take Me Home

Composer: JOHN BLEK

Performer(s): John Blek And The Rats

Duration: 2:56

01:00

Title: Don't She Run

Composer: DAVE AND LOUISE HOLDEN

Performer(s): I Draw Slow

Album: White Wave Chapel OWN LABEL OWN LABEL 2014

Duration: 3:25

01:00

Title: The Raven's Sun

Composer: CATHEREINE MCCELLAN

Performer(s): Cathereine Mccellan

Duration: 3:04

01:00

Title: Lord Franklin

Composer: TRAD.ARR.BURKE

Performer(s): Kevin Burke/Micheal O'Domhnall

Duration: 4:24

01:00

Title: Mr.Bojangles

Composer: JERRY JEFF WALKER

Performer(s): Nina Simone

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: Nina Simone

Composer: TOM RUSSELL

Performer(s): Tom Russell

Album: Blood and Candle Smoke PROPER RECORDS PRPCD049

Duration: 5:20

01:00

Title: Liffeyside

Composer: LUKA BLOOM

Performer(s): Luka Bloom

Album: Head & Heart LUKA BLOOM MUSIC LUKA2014

Duration: 3:50

01:00

Title: Ruben's Train

Composer: TRAD.ARR. MOZIAK

Performer(s): Mozaik

Duration: 5:29

01:00

Title: Bowling Green

Composer: TRAD.ARR. BERNIE PHAID

Performer(s): Bernie Phaid

Duration: 3:43

01:00

Title: Trip To Dixie

Composer: DELANEY

Performer(s): Goitse

Album: Tall Tales & Misadventures GOITSE RECORDS GOITSE/GSECD3

Duration: 4:25

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