Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 23 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 Sun Is Gonna Shine

Composer: JOHN WALSH

Performer(s): Carnival Brothers

Duration: 3:04

01:00

Title: Somewhere South Of Crazy

Composer: DALE ANN BRADLEY

Performer(s): Dale Ann Bradley

Album: Somewhere South of Crazy COMPASS RECORDS COMPASS2014

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: Three Huntsmen

Composer: ANDY IRVINE

Performer(s): Andy Irvine

Album: Abocurragh IRVINE IRVINE 2012

Duration: 3:54

01:00

Title: Keep It Clean

Composer: FARRELLY

Performer(s): Dick Farrelly And Matt Walklate

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: Only Game In Town

Composer: NIALL TONER JNR.

Performer(s): The Lofires

Album: The Lofires PARAPHENILIA BOUTIQUE PARAPHENILIA BOUTIQUE 2013

Duration: 3:16

01:00

Title: Hallie's Hornpipe

Composer: MIKE COMPTON

Performer(s): Mike Compton

Album: Rotten Taters OWN LABEL COMPTON2013

Duration: 2:52

01:00

Title: River Jordan

Composer: RODGERS

Performer(s): The Secret Sisters

Album: Put Your Needle Down REPUBLIC RECORDS 377797-B

Duration: 3:48

01:00

Title: When I Was A Little Kid

Composer: BUDDY MONDLOCK

Performer(s): Buddy Mondlock

Album: The Edge of the World SPARKING GAP RECORDS SGCD003

Duration: 3:35

01:00

Title: The Barman, The Barfly And Me

Composer: JOHN BLEK

Performer(s): John Blek

Duration: 3:06

01:00

Title: You Got Caught

Composer: JR JONES

Performer(s): Jr Jones

Duration: 4:20

01:00

Title: That Was The One

Composer: WedelCarroll

Performer(s): Hank Wedel

Duration: 2:39

01:00

Title: 60 Is The New 18

Composer: NILS LOFGREN

Performer(s): Nils Lofgren

Album: Old School VISION RECORDS VMCD1016

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Let Me Fall

Composer: KEITH SEWELL

Performer(s): Keith Sewell

Album: Let Me Fall RUBBER DOG RECORDS RUBBER DOG2013

Duration: 3:10

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