Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

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    Roots Freeway Saturday 23 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: The Sun Is Gonna Shine
      Composer: John Walsh
      Performer(s): Carnival Brothers
      Performer(s): Carnival Brothers
      Album: PAND C FRET SOUNDS, FRET SOUNDS2013
      Duration: 3:04
    • Title: Somewhere South Of Crazy
      Composer: Dale Ann Bradley
      Performer(s): Dale Ann Bradley
      Performer(s): Dale Ann Bradley
      Album: Somewhere South of Crazy, COMPASS RECORDS, COMPASS2014
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Three Huntsmen
      Composer: Andy Irvine
      Performer(s): Andy Irvine
      Performer(s): Andy Irvine
      Album: Abocurragh, IRVINE, IRVINE 2012
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: Keep It Clean
      Composer: Farrelly
      Performer(s): Dick Farrelly And Matt Walklate
      Performer(s): Dick Farrelly And Matt Walklate
      Album: FARRELLY/WALKLATE/OWN LABEL, 2012
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Only Game In Town
      Composer: Niall Toner Jnr.
      Performer(s): The Lofires
      Performer(s): The Lofires
      Album: The Lofires, PARAPHENILIA BOUTIQUE, PARAPHENILIA BOUTIQUE 2013
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Hallie's Hornpipe
      Composer: Mike Compton
      Performer(s): Mike Compton
      Performer(s): Mike Compton
      Album: Rotten Taters, OWN LABEL, COMPTON2013
      Duration: 2:52
    • Title: River Jordan
      Composer: Rodgers
      Performer(s): The Secret Sisters
      Performer(s): The Secret Sisters
      Album: Put Your Needle Down, REPUBLIC RECORDS, 377797-B
      Duration: 3:48
    • Title: When I Was A Little Kid
      Composer: Buddy Mondlock
      Performer(s): Buddy Mondlock
      Performer(s): Buddy Mondlock
      Album: The Edge of the World, SPARKING GAP RECORDS, SGCD003
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: The Barman, The Barfly And Me
      Composer: John Blek
      Performer(s): John Blek
      Performer(s): John Blek
      Album: WE ARE RATS RECORDINGS, WARR01
      Duration: 3:06
    • Title: You Got Caught
      Composer: Jr Jones
      Performer(s): Jr Jones
      Performer(s): Jr Jones
      Album: CROSS CUT RECORDS, CCD11104
      Duration: 4:20
    • Title: That Was The One
      Composer: Wedelcarroll
      Performer(s): Hank Wedel
      Performer(s): Hank Wedel
      Album: OWN LABEL DEMO, OWN LABEL2014
      Duration: 2:39
    • Title: 60 Is The New 18
      Composer: Nils Lofgren
      Performer(s): Nils Lofgren
      Performer(s): Nils Lofgren
      Album: Old School, VISION RECORDS, VMCD1016
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Let Me Fall
      Composer: Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Performer(s): Keith Sewell
      Album: Let Me Fall, RUBBER DOG RECORDS, RUBBER DOG2013
      Duration: 3:10

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