Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 12 August 2017

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

2:00

Caleb Meyer

Caleb Meyer

Flats And Sharps

3:12

Niney Nine Years And One Dark Day

Niney Nine Years And One Dark Day

Flats And Sharps

3:12

One More River

One More River

Dale Ann Bradley

3:04

I'Ll Just Go Away

I'Ll Just Go Away

Dale Ann Bradley And Vince Gill

3:43

Cinderella

Cinderella

Don Baker

3:54

Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender

Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender

Paul Brady

5:18

Glow Worm

Glow Worm

Stargazers

2:14

City Of Dreams

City Of Dreams

Greenshine

4:06

This Is Nowhere (Aren't You Lonely)

This Is Nowhere (Aren't You Lonely)

Malojian

3:26

Turtle Mountain

Turtle Mountain

Over The Moon

4:31

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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