Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 13 January 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 Hare

The Hare

Steve Wickham

2:26

Anyone That's Yet To Come

Anyone That's Yet To Come

Paddy Casey

3:32

Stir Crazy

Stir Crazy

Karrie

3:56

Cold Is The Night

Cold Is The Night

The Oh Hellos

3:09

Emmas Tune

Emmas Tune

Tim Edey

3:20

Garage Flowers

Garage Flowers

I Draw Slow

2:55

Alabama Song

Alabama Song

Alison Moorer

3:56

Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth

Kaia Kater

3:58

Delivrance

Delivrance

Alan Stivell

2:01

Factory

Factory

Martha Wainwright

3:43

Hills Of Home

Hills Of Home

The Greg Blake Band

3:03

Morgan Magan

Morgan Magan

Chris Newmann / Maire Ni Chathasaigh

1:15

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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