At Gunpoint (1986 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , on April 7, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

atgunpoint-bandpic1

From Dublin, At Gunpoint were Karl Walsh (vocals), Didi Cassidy (lead guitar), Woppy McGrath (rhythm guitar), Sam Cregan (bass) and Alan Shaughnessy (drums). At Gunpoint recorded a Fanning session in 1987 but this track is from their 1986 demo. Photo courtesy irishrock.org.

All Go Away (1986 Demo)


Real Wild West (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on March 29, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

realwildwest

This 1987 Fanning session by Real Wild West is their second and was recorded on 4th May 1987. Real Wild West were from Dublin and featured Charlie Rafferty (bass & vocals), Paul Murtagh (guitar), Robbie Warren (drums) and Ian Smith (trumpet). Photo via this YouTube video of ‘The Sixties’.

Chappaquiddick Bridge / Hello Joe / Captain Of Your Ship / Burn, Burn, Burn (1987)


The Mountain Climbers – Gun For Hire

Posted in Music with tags , on March 28, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

mountainclimbers-grace-45-fc

The Mountain Climbers were formed by Tom O’Brien (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foley (bass), Dave Sweeney (guitar), Robbie (Drums) and Padraig McCaul from the Harvest Ministers on saxaphone. Despite some good interest following the release of ‘Grace‘ on Solid records the band failed to get a long term record deal and called it a day about a year later. Thanks to IrishRock.org for the photo.

Gun For Hire


‘The sessions that give bands a break’ (Irish Times 1990)

Posted in Fanning with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

The Fanning sessions, which give new bands valuable airtime and a professional demo tape for nothing, are 10 years old this month. Michael Cunningham reports.

Here’s a great article from a 1990 issue of The Irish Times as the Fanning sessions were about to turn 10. Michael Cunningham of The Irish Times interviews producers Ian Wilson and Jim Lockhart and studio engineer Paddy McBreen. We learn that the bands receive a fee of £200 and that the contract forms still refer to “The Dave Fanning Showband Recordings”. I don’t think they got a copy of the tapes for nothing though, someone please correct me if I am wrong.

ian wilson irish times 1990 a
ian wilson irish times 1990 b

GUAVA (2000 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on March 26, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

guava2

From Galway, GUAVA were active from 1997 until 2000. The band featured Dave Garol (vocals, guitar, electronics), Maria Shiel (vocals, guitar, bodhran), Joe Keane (bass), Mark Dempsey (guitar) and Ryan Lacey (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 2000.

Funk #1 Instrumental / Modification / Slow Down / See Down Here (2000)

Missing Link (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on March 23, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

missinglink

From Dublin, Missing Link were Jimmy Tague (vocals), Gerry Bennett (guitar), Dave Morrissey (keyboards), Charlie Bennett (bass), Donal McPartlin (drums). Thanks to IrishRock for the photo. This Fanning session was recorded on 14th June 1988.

Back Of My Mind / Maybe I Will / Shake It Up / Wrong Impression (1988)


Belsonic Sound (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on March 22, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

belsonic-sound-press-7

This is the second Fanning session by Cork outfit Belsonic Sound and was recorded on 20th June 1988. The band featured Finny Corcoran (guitar & vocals), Gene Russel (bass), Jim O’Mahony (keyboards) and John McCormack (drums). Thanks to ‘Cork Bands of The 80′s‘ for digging out the photo.

Sex Cells / Alcohol / We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place (1988)


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,348 other followers