The single, "Judge and Jury," plays, according to Toner, "with the idea of someone facing execution because he can't tell the truth about his alibi without incriminating another innocent party."
Onwards & Upwards is currently available for pre-order at www.pinecastlemusic.com. Fans who pre-order will get an instant download of the single "Judge and Jury," a CD copy of the album shipped on the release date, and a digital copy on the release date all for one price plus shipping.
ABOUT NIALL TONER
Niall Toner hails originally from Harold's Cross in Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City, and re-located to Myshall, County Carlow, in 2001, where he got together with Clem O’Brien and Dick Gladney, and formed the NTB. Niall is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music.
He brings his knowledge of music to a wide audience through his performances with his Band, and on his Radio Show, Roots Freeway, on RTE Radio One, which features a range of music, from Bluegrass and Old Timey to Blues and Cajun, with contemporary singer-songwriters,Traditional Irish music, and live studio guests.
Niall has also been nominated for several PPI Radio Awards. www.rootsfreeway.ie www.rte.ie/radio
Niall has written extensively on the subject, and his articles have been published in Hot Press, Irish Music Magazine, In Dublin Magazine, Country Music Plus, Bluegrass Unlimited and Maverick Magazine.
Niall was a founder member of The Lee Valley String Band in Cork, The Sackville String Band and Hank Halfhead and The Rambling Turkeys.
He sings, plays Guitar and Mandolin, and has been writing songs since 1980.Niall’s compositions have been recorded by Bill Wyman,[The Rolling Stones] The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Barry and Holly Tashian, Paddy Cole, Eoin O'Riabaig, Ray Dolan, The Fleadh Cowboys, Keith Sewell, and many others. Niall has also enjoyed huge success with the inclusion of his composition, Nuns Island Reel, in the biggest-selling video game in history, Grand Theft Auto IV. More recently, in 2011, Niall has achieved major success through the release of his CDs on Air Play Direct, and holds the distinction of being at the Number Two Spot in the Bluegrass/Folk all time Chart, and the Number Thirteen spot in the Top Fifty APD all genres chart.
In 2003, Niall's contribution to Country Music was honored by the CMA in Nashville, in the form of a nomination for a Global Artist Award, and his three all-original CDs with NTB, There's A Better Way, Mood Swing, and NTB3 have been widely acclaimed for their originality and the quality of their songs and instrumentals.