Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Wednesday 25 December 2019

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

Christmas Country Roots

Christmas Country Roots

Niall Toner presents a presents a collection of his and the late Sandy Harsch's favourite Country and Roots Christmas music.

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

Christmas Time's A-Coming

Christmas Time's A-Coming

Emmylous Harris (Vocal)

2:59

Christmas Time

Christmas Time

Wildwood Valley Boys

2:05

Keep Christmas In The Heart

Keep Christmas In The Heart

The Lost Brothers

3:50

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Rhonda Vincent

3:24

The Strangest Christmas Yet

The Strangest Christmas Yet

Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers

3:35

A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

Corofin And Carron National School Children

3:59

Christmas Day In My House

Christmas Day In My House

Patty Loveless

2:25

The Angels Cried

The Angels Cried

Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss

2:49

Emmanuel

Emmanuel

Paul Williams & The Victory Trio

3:02

O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Jerry Douglas

3:30

Silver Bells

Silver Bells

John Prine

4:00

Song For A Winters Night

Song For A Winters Night

Gretchen Peters

4:26

O Holy Night

O Holy Night

Suzy Boggus

4:02

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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