Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 9 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: Take Me Home
      Composer: John Blek
      Performer(s): John Blek And The Rats
      Performer(s): John Blek And The Rats
      Album: RATS RECORDINGS, WAR RO1
      Duration: 2:56
    • Title: Don't She Run
      Composer: Dave And Louise Holden
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Album: White Wave Chapel, OWN LABEL, OWN LABEL 2014
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: The Raven's Sun
      Composer: Cathereine Mccellan
      Performer(s): Cathereine Mccellan
      Performer(s): Cathereine Mccellan
      Album: IDAC CD, CD270200
      Duration: 3:04
    • Title: Lord Franklin
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Burke
      Performer(s): Kevin Burke/Micheal O'Domhnall
      Performer(s): Kevin Burke/Micheal O'Domhnall
      Album: MULLIGAN RECORDS, MULLIGAN [ NO NUMBER]
      Duration: 4:24
    • Title: Mr.Bojangles
      Composer: Jerry Jeff Walker
      Performer(s): Nina Simone
      Performer(s): Nina Simone
      Album: PROPER RECORDS, PRPCD049
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Nina Simone
      Composer: Tom Russell
      Performer(s): Tom Russell
      Performer(s): Tom Russell
      Album: Blood and Candle Smoke, PROPER RECORDS, PRPCD049
      Duration: 5:20
    • Title: Liffeyside
      Composer: Luka Bloom
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Album: Head & Heart, LUKA BLOOM MUSIC, LUKA2014
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Ruben's Train
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Moziak
      Performer(s): Mozaik
      Performer(s): Mozaik
      Album: MOZIAK RECORDS, MOZCD02
      Duration: 5:29
    • Title: Bowling Green
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Bernie Phaid
      Performer(s): Bernie Phaid
      Performer(s): Bernie Phaid
      Album: OWN LABEL, PHAID2014
      Duration: 3:43
    • Title: Trip To Dixie
      Composer: Delaney
      Performer(s): Goitse
      Performer(s): Goitse
      Album: Tall Tales & Misadventures, GOITSE RECORDS, GOITSE/GSECD3
      Duration: 4:25

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