Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 16 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: The Dreadful Spoon

Composer: BRUCE HORNSBY

Performer(s): Ricky Skaggs/Bruce Hornsby

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: You Know You Just Might

Composer: HODGSON

Performer(s): Albert Lee

Duration: 4:09

01:00

Title: Been All Around This World

Composer: TRAD.ARR. TWOMEY

Performer(s): Chris Twomey

Duration: 2:54

01:00

Title: The Pendulum

Composer: FELIP CARBONELL COMP

Performer(s): No Crows

Duration: 3:43

01:00

Title: Wheel In His Hand

Composer: JIM AND LYNNA WOOLSEY

Performer(s): April Verch

Duration: 3:35

01:00

Title: Reuben James

Composer: WOODY GUTHRIE

Performer(s): Woody Guthrie

Duration: 3:04

01:00

Title: Hillbilly Twist

Composer: FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

Performer(s): Four Wheel Drive

Duration: 2:37

01:00

Title: Broken

Composer: APRIL VERCH

Performer(s): April Verch

Duration: 5:39

01:00

Title: Rosa Lee

Composer: DOUG MACLEOD

Performer(s): Doug Macleod

Album: There's a Time REFERENCE RECORDS RR-130

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: Broken Heart, Broken Hand

Composer: WHITE MANSIONS

Performer(s): White Mansions

Duration: 3:50

01:00

Title: Saro Jane

Composer: TRAD.ARR. OLD HANNA

Performer(s): Old Hanna

Duration: 2:04

01:00

Title: Sing A Song Boys

Composer: BEN GLOVER

Performer(s): Ben Glover

Duration: 3:12

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