Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 2 February 2013

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

Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Niall Toner presents the best of country music, bluegrass, country rock, western swing, Cajun and hardcore mountain music


Burren Backstep - Niall Toner
I Hate When That Happens to Me - John Prine
Burnt OUt Star - Mick Hanly
Jerusalem Ridge - Ross Nickerson
Sing Out - Conor Mark Kavanagh
Buildings and Treetops - Nell Bryden
Duncan and Brady - Paul Brady
Six Days in the Jailhouse - Shelby Bottom String Band
Something Going On - Kirsty McGee
Hell or High Water - David Hope
I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Haley Sisters
The Calgary Stampede - Gerry Madigan
Bootleggers Boy - Old Crow Medicine Show

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



Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler


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