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Onwards and Upwards Coming From the Irish Godfather of Bluegrass, Niall Toner

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Onwards & UpwardsMusic from the Blackstairs Mountains of Ireland hits the air waves with the release of Onwards & Upwards on Pinecastle Records. Niall Toner is an acoustic Irish flavored artist with Celtic influences whose diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs and tunes to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass music like "The Master's Resting Place" and "Bill Monroe's Mandolin."

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.

Niall was born in Dublin, Ireland 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 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.

Niall's release of Onwards & Upwards in October of 2012 will mark a musical milestone. This will be Toner's first release on the internationally famous Pinecastle Record label and features the great talents of artists like Keith Sewell (who also serves as the producer, Ashby Frank, Rob Ickes, Viktor Krauss, and of course Niall. Jake Burns served as the sound engineer (all are pictured below).

A World Premier CD Release Party is scheduled on Wednesday September 25th at the internationally famous Jack's BBQ on Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening will be hosted by Pinecastle Records and Mountain Music Entertainment and will offer a variety of music, food, and entertainment from 5-1130pm.

A sample of the CD's music is available on the homepage of Mountain Music Entertainment's website: www.MountainMusicEntertainment.com

Niall Toner Dates for Fall Tour 2012

  • Mon Sept. 24th: Swingin' Door Saloon, Nashville, TN
  • Tue Sept. 25: CD Release Party, Jack's BBQ, Nashville, TN
  • Wed Sept. 26: Ernest Tubb Records, Showcase Night, Nashville, TN
  • Sun Sept. 30: Singer/Songwriter Night, Franklin, TN
  • Mon Oct. 1: Swingin' Door Saloon, Nashville, TN
  • Tue Oct. 2: Jonesborough Visitor Center, Jonesborough, TN (with Lonesome River Band and I Draw Slow 7 pm)
  • Wed Oct. 3: White Horse Black Mountain, Asheville, NC (with Lonesome River Band and I Draw Slow 730 pm)
  • Thu Oct. 4: Pickin' Porch, Bristol, VA
  • Sat Oct. 6: Song of the Mountains, Marion, VA 7 pm
  • Wed Oct. 10: WDVX Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN, 12 noon
  • Wed Oct. 10: Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson City, TN, 10 pm
  • Thu Oct. 11: The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC, 8 pm
  • Sun Oct. 14: Tir Na Nog Pub, Raleigh, NC, 7 pm
  • Thu Oct. 18: Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC, with No Strings Attached, 7-9 pm
  • Fri Oct. 19: Performing Arts Center, Burnsville, NC, with Mark Newton and The VW Boys, 7-10 pm
  • Sat Oct. 20: Jonesborough BG Series, Jonesborough, TN

on Pinecastle Records. Niall Toner is an acoustic Irish flavored artist with Celtic influences whose diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs and tunes to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass like

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