Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 19 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

Blue Moon Of Kentucky

Blue Moon Of Kentucky

Bill Monroe

3:48

Salty Dog Blues

Salty Dog Blues

Flatt & Scruggs

2:30

I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

Country Gentlemen

2:51

Coal Mining Man

Coal Mining Man

Band Of Ruhks

3:42

Blue And Lonesome

Blue And Lonesome

Alison Krauss And Union Station

4:00

This Is My Year For Mexico

This Is My Year For Mexico

Dale Ann Bradley

3:13

Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

Robirohi

3:35

Ruben's Train / Garfields Blackberry Blossom

Ruben's Train / Garfields Blackberry Blossom

Pine Marten

4:13

Dustbowl Children

Dustbowl Children

Jig Jam

3:09

Pig In A Pen

Pig In A Pen

Stanley Bros

1:50

Wait A Little Longer Jesus

Wait A Little Longer Jesus

Bill Monroe

2:39

William Smith Monroe

William Smith Monroe

Niall Toner Band

4:14

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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