Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 14 February 2015

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

Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway on RTE Radio One, with Presenter, Niall Toner, does exactly as it's title implies, and brings the listener a wide variety of Roots Music on Saturday nights at 11pm.

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

Burren Backstep

Burren Backstep

Richie Foley

3:02

I'Ve Got The Bug

I'Ve Got The Bug

Joe Fury

2:56

Heart Of Stone

Heart Of Stone

Mad Dog Mcrea

4:32

Working On Love

Working On Love

Niall Toner

2:43

I Know What Lonely's About

I Know What Lonely's About

Niall Toner

3:45

The Limerick Rake

The Limerick Rake

Pauline Scanlon And Notify

3:43

The Carrington Event

The Carrington Event

Pauline Scanlon And Notify

3:25

She Wonders

She Wonders

Frank Kelly

3:14

Grandma Loved That Old Man

Grandma Loved That Old Man

Rodney Crowell

4:21

The Best Is Yet To Come

The Best Is Yet To Come

Billy Treacy

3:24

Lovin' You

Lovin' You

Ron Sexsmith

2:31

My Baby Loves Me

My Baby Loves Me

Red Molly

2:16

Shady Grove

Shady Grove

Rackhouse Pilfer

3:00

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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