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March 2, 2013

Niall Toner's Latest Album Tops Charts Nashville, Tennessee: Onwards & Upwards, the latest album from Irish bluegrass singer-songwriter Niall Toner, is number #1 on the Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Albums - All Time downloads chart. The album also ranked #23 on the Top 100 Roots Country Albums of 2012 on the Roots Music Report. Maverick magazine gave Onwards & Upwards four stars and called it an "almost perfect blend of bluegrass and country highlighted by quality songwriting". Hot Press rated it 8 out of 10 and described the album as a "charming record from one of our major songwriting talents". Onwards & Upwards was released in November 2012 andis Toner's first US release from Pinecastle Records. "I am excited and honored that Onwards & Upwards has gotten such a positive response. Thank you to my fans and everyone that helped make this record a success," said Niall Toner. Toner wrote or co-wrote each of the songs on the record, and he collaborated with musician Keith Sewell on four of the tunes. Sewell also produced the album. The album's debut single, "Tomorrow", hit the airwaves in February. 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 with The Niall Toner Band and various workshops, as well as through his radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One. Toner's songs have been recorded by many artists including Bill Wyman, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Italian Bluegrass stars Red Wine, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family, The Fleadh Cowboys and Paddy Cole. One of Toner's compositions was also included on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto IV, and more recently, Toner's tune, "Lonely Souls and Broken Hearts", was used on the soundtrack of the ABC TV Drama Series, Nashville. In 2003, the Country Music Association nominated Toner for a Global Artist Award. Learn more about Niall Toner by visiting www.NiallTonerBand.com. Make Welcome Entertainment provides management and publicity services for bluegrass, roots and country artists. With offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, DC, Make Welcome is well positioned to focus on the details so artists can focus on making great music. To learn more about Make Welcome Entertainment, call 1-­-800-­-838-­-6087 or visit www.MakeWelcome.com. ### Media Contact: Andrea Ball Make Welcome Entertainment Mobile: 301-335-2715 Andrea@MakeWelcome.com

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