Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 25 August 2018

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

1:00

The River Always Wins

The River Always Wins

Susan Cattaneo

3:39

War Of Love

War Of Love

We Banjo 3

4:20

Dancing With The Beast

Dancing With The Beast

Gretchen Peters

3:41

You Didn't Call My Name

You Didn't Call My Name

Molly Tuttle

3:43

Hey John

Hey John

Downtown Mountain Boys

3:27

Judge And Jury

Judge And Jury

Niall Toner

4:03

Who Broke The Lock?

Who Broke The Lock?

Unwanted

2:43

That Loving Touch

That Loving Touch

Freddie White

3:45

When I Get To Heaven

When I Get To Heaven

John Prine

3:24

Turn And Face The Sun

Turn And Face The Sun

Brigid O'Neill

3:41

Chilean Horseman

Chilean Horseman

Lena Ullman And Lena Falkenau

3:20

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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