Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 30 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: Song Me And Young

Composer: ADAM COHEN

Performer(s): Adam Cohen

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: The One I Left Behind

Composer: BRENDAN MONAGHAN

Performer(s): Brendan Monaghan

Album: Lovers Always Win SUISA BRAMBUS 201478-2

Duration: 3:20

01:00

Title: With A Memory Like Mine

Composer: DARRYL SCOTT

Performer(s): Red Molly

Album: The Red Album RED MOLLY RECORDS RED MOLLY2014

Duration: 3:02

01:00

Title: Don't Blame The Tune

Composer: ELEANOR MCEVOY

Performer(s): Eleanor Mcevoy

Album: If You Leave... MOSCO DISC MOSCD411

Duration: 2:43

01:00

Title: Minstrel Boy

Composer: TRAD.ARR.GLEESON

Performer(s): Johnny Gleeson

Duration: 1:44

01:00

Title: Goulashed

Composer: DAVE MCLOUGHLIN

Performer(s): Dave Mcloughlin

Duration: 2:58

01:00

Title: Body Of Sea

Composer: OWEN MCGARRY

Performer(s): Owen Mcgarry

Duration: 3:29

01:00

Title: Million Dollar Bill

Composer: NIALL TONER

Performer(s): Niall Toner

Album: Onwards and Upwards PINECASTLE RECORDS PRC1182

Duration: 2:58

01:00

Title: Long Story Short

Composer: TONER

Performer(s): Barry And Holly Tashian

Album: Long Story Short ROCK-A-LOT RECORDS CD008

Duration: 3:16

01:00

Title: Wooden Horses

Composer: MICK HANLY

Performer(s): Mick Hanly

Duration: 3:50

01:00

Title: Seventeen Cars

Composer: S.TRAVINS

Performer(s): The Wiyos

Album: One More for the Road WIYOS RECORDS WIYOS003

Duration: 3:12

01:00

Title: Fallin'

Composer: SHAWN CAMP

Performer(s): Shawn Camp

Duration: 4:25

01:00

Title: Scared Of That Child

Composer: HENDERSON

Performer(s): Mike Henderson

Duration: 3:10

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