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Niall Toner Releases "Burren Backstep" Video

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Niall TonerThe Irish Godfather of Bluegrass Music, Niall Toner, continues to entertain and perform between two continents. Music from the Blackstairs Mountains of Ireland blend the Irish flavor and American bluegrass into the Niall Toner sound. A serious follower of the Bill Monroe style of mandolin, the award winning artist will be performing at next year's MerleFest. Toner has released a new video from his Onwards and Upwards album released last year.

"Burren Backstep" is an original Bluegrass Instrumental, composed by Niall Toner, and taken from his Pinecastle Album, Onwards and Upwards. Niall's composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003 Toner was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the CMA. To date, Niall and his Band have recorded and released three CD albums, and they perform their original songs and tunes on a regular basis at Festivals and Venues in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA.

Next year, Niall will be performing at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Performances will include:

  • Sat, April 26, 2014 at 10.45 am, Creekside Stage
  • Sat, April 26, 2014 at 11.45 am, Mayes-Pit Cohn Auditorium
  • Sat, April 26, 2014 at 1.45 pm, Cabin Stage
  • Sat, April 26, 2014 at 8.30pm, Autograph A

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 school-friend 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. Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on bluegrass and American country music, and he brings this knowledge of music to a wide audience, both through his live performances and various workshops, as well as through his radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One.

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