Roots Freeway

    Saturday 11pm

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

    Roots Freeway Saturday 20 February 2016

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    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

    • Title: Burren Backstep
      Composer: Niall Toner
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Performer(s): Richie Foley
      Duration: 2:00
    • Title: The Jealous Crow
      Composer: Stuart
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart And Backcountry
      Performer(s): Chris Stuart And Backcountry
      Duration: 4:25
    • Title: Jiggy Jig Jig
      Composer: Luka Bloom
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Performer(s): Luka Bloom
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: Homeland
      Composer: Mick Hanly
      Performer(s): Mick Hanly
      Performer(s): Mick Hanly
      Duration: 4:26
    • Title: Lorena
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Madden
      Performer(s): Gerry Madden
      Performer(s): Gerry Madden
      Duration: 3:37
    • Title: Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine
      Composer: Trad.Arr.Madden
      Performer(s): Gerry Madden
      Performer(s): Gerry Madden
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Down By The River
      Composer: Black Feathers
      Performer(s): Black Feathers
      Performer(s): Black Feathers
      Duration: 3:10
    • Title: Ocean Blues
      Composer: Mike Burgess
      Performer(s): Jr. Mike And Snake Oil
      Performer(s): Jr. Mike And Snake Oil
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Stanley Park
      Composer: Aoife Donovan
      Performer(s): Aoife Donovan
      Performer(s): Aoife Donovan
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: Margarita Breakdown
      Composer: Greg Cahill
      Performer(s): Greg Cahill
      Performer(s): Greg Cahill
      Duration: 2:54
    • Title: Aunt Jennie
      Composer: Black Bank Folk
      Performer(s): Black Bank Folk
      Performer(s): Black Bank Folk
      Duration: 3:16
    • Title: Quarry Road
      Composer: Tomportman
      Performer(s): Tom Portman
      Performer(s): Tom Portman
      Duration: 3:02

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