Bobby Womack (1944 – 2014)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , on June 28, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


Sad news, Bobby Womack has left us. Dave Fanning interviewed him a year ago and played this short excerpt on his show today.

Bobby Womack (excerpt 2013 Dave Fanning interview)

Burning Embers (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on June 23, 2014 by Fanning Sessions
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I’ve been trawling the archive for something vaguely related to Sir Henry’s in Cork, the subject of an upcoming exhibtion at UCC Library hence today’s post. Burning Embers were Sean O’Neill (vocals), John Poland (guitars), Niall Macken (keyboards), Mel Poland (bass), Gordon Ashe (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning on November 17th 1986.

Champagne & Toffee (1986)

Waiting (1986)

The Blood Game (1986)

“If you couldn’t persuade Henry’s, you didn’t matter where it mattered” – Colm O Callaghan

Posted in Music on June 21, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Fanning Sessions:

Rock critic Colm O’Callaghan (Hot Press, No Disco, Scrap Saturday) has come out of retirement to write an ode to Sir Henrys Cork.. “the second Cypress, Mine! album.. which is magnificent, has still to see the light of day”

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Originally posted on sir henrys 2014:

This guest post is courtesy of Colm O Callaghan – somebody who has been supportive of this project literally since the start.  Our first email was from him, wishing us well and offering any assistance and he has been true to his word. Thanks for all your help Colm.

And now he has written this for us. I hope you enjoy


I can’t remember the first time I set foot inside Sir Henrys and I can’t remember the last time either but I remember clearly where the rose was sown.

I was a weedy teenager during the summer of 1982 [and for several other summers thereafter] when my father arranged a part-time job for me, my first. For eight weeks I stacked shelves and packed shopping bags, without any great distinction, in Roches Stores on Patrick Street. On my first day I was assigned to the biscuit aisle ;- on my second…

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Iggy Pop on the BP Fallon Orchestra

Posted in interview, radio with tags , , on June 20, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


Continuing our series of BPFO (BP Fallon Orchestra) shows, here’s one from 1987 featuring a certain Iggy Pop.

Iggy Pop on the BP Fallon Orchestra by Fanningsessions on Mixcloud

And NUN Came Back – A tribute to Finbarr Donnelly (1962 – 1989)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


Tonight The Pavilion, Cork pays tribute to Finbarr Donnelly. Donnelly fronted seminal Cork bands Nun Attax, Five go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven between 1978 and his untimely death in London’s Serpentine in 1989. To commemorate 25 years since his passing on June the 18th Ricky Dineen has put together ..and NUN Came Back, featuring himself, Liam Heffernan, Humphrey Murphy, Tom Healy and Ian Walsh who will play songs from the back catalogue of all 3 bands.

Be sure to check out ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ a radio documentary produced by Paul McDermott on Finbarr Donnelly featuring interviews with Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan amongst many others.

Billy Bragg on the BP Fallon Orchestra

Posted in interview, radio with tags , , on June 17, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


I’m guessing the date at 1985 (Billy says he is 27) so correct me please if I am wrong. Billy talks to BP about money, success, politics, joining the army and Kirsty MacColl who had a hit with Billy’s ‘New England’

Billy Bragg on the BP Fallon Orchestra (1985)

Tower Of Babel (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , on June 15, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Dublin Tower Of Babel feaatured Mark Lawlor (vocals), Paul Lacey (guitar), Martin Creighton (bass) and Eamonn Elliot (drums). They recorded this Fanning session on April 18th 1988. Paul Lacey and Martin Creighton were previously members of Ambition In Glass. Martin Creighton sadly passed away in 2006.

Near Dark (1988)

Conceal Me (1988)

Shed My Skin (1988)


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