Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

Saturday 11pm

Roots Freeway Saturday 29 February 2020

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

Roots Freeway

Roots Freeway

This week Niall Toner celebrates the birthday of Johnny Cash with some rare duets and demo tracks and personal memories of touring with Johnny on his last Irish tour.

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

Niall Toner

2:00

Burren Backstep

Burren Backstep

Richie

1:30

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Johnny Cash

3:06

I Walk The Line Revisited

I Walk The Line Revisited

Rodney Crowell

3:50

Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country

Bob Dylan / Johnny Cash

3:41

Pick The Wildwood Flower

Pick The Wildwood Flower

Johnny Cash

2:58

Tears In The Holston River

Tears In The Holston River

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Johnny Cash

3:41

I'Ve Been Working On A Railroad

I'Ve Been Working On A Railroad

Johnny Cash

3:25

Down In The Valley

Down In The Valley

Johnny Cash

3:10

Crazy Old Soldier

Crazy Old Soldier

Ray Charles / Johnny Cash

3:33

One More Ride

One More Ride

Marty Stuart / Johnny Cash

3:25

September When She Comes

September When She Comes

Rosanne Cash / Johnny Cash

3:39

Far Side Banks Of Jordan

Far Side Banks Of Jordan

Johnny Cash / June Carter Cash

2:41

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Presenter: Niall Toner

Producer: Aidan Butler

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