The Would Be’s (1989 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 9, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

would be's hot press

Today’s post was prompted by Abstract Analogue who posted a March 22nd 1990 Hot Press interview by Tony Clayton-Lea with The Would Be’s. From Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, The Would Be’s were Julie McDonnell (vocals), Mattie Finnegan (guitar), Paul Finnegan (guitar), Eamonn Finnegan (bass), Pascal Smith (drums), Aidine O’Reilly (trombone, sax,, violin). Eileen Gogan, most recently to be found performing with Microdisney at the National Concert Hall, also fronted the band for a number of years. Serendipitously the band met at the launch of Tony’s ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die‘ and decided to give it another go. They subsequently released ‘Beautiful Mess‘ in 2013 and performed around the country. The remaining session tracks were ‘All This Rubbish’, ‘Funny Ha Ha’, ‘My Radio Sounds Different In The Dark’.

So This Is Not The End Of The World (1989)

the would be's


2018 in review

Posted in Music with tags , on January 7, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

2018 stats

We don’t do new year resolutions but every now and again it is worth taking stock. In 2018 we published 60 posts. The site received 28,704 visitors who viewed 62,650 posts and left 88 comments. We digitised all of Pat’s tapes and then some, approximately 200 in total. We conducted our first interview and were ourselves interviewed for the first time. Although tempted by the possibility we are going to pass on the opportunity to digitize 20,000 RTÉ tapes.

The most popular posts from 2018 were:

1. Fanning’s Fab 50 Index
2. Pat’s Tapes
3. Microdisney (2018 Interviews)
4. Dolores
5. The Cranberries (In Concert 1993)
6. The Fall (1984 Dave Fanning Interview)
7. David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)
8. Fanning’s Fab 50 (1995)
9. Phil Lynott: 36 Years of ‘Old Town’
10. Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Ian Wilson retires from RTÉ

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 6, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Jim Lockhart, Ian Wilson and Dave Fanning

On the occasion of Ian Wilson‘s last official day at RTÉ before retirement he crossed the corridor for a chat with Dave Fanning and Jim Lockhart. Over the next 30 mins they reminisced in usual fashion with Dave reading out some tributes received from among others; The Atrix, The Hitchers, Orange Fettishes, Grevious Angels and My Little Funhouse. There were some great tales of recording the Scary Éire session and Ian locking Dave out of the studio when he turned up late for a Prefab Sprout interview. There is also an answer to the question as to whether U2 recorded the first Fanning session.

Geiro (1989)

Posted in Music with tags on January 3, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

tdk cassette

Geiro recorded a Fanning session in 1989 but we do not know if this is one of the tracks. We have no information on the band but we do like this track a lot. If you have any details on the band please get in touch.

Bewithered (1989)

Sindikat (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on January 1, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

Sindikat were a 5 piece band from Cork active from 1984 to 1986. The original line-up comprised Pat Lyons (vocals), Brendan Smith (bass), Kieran O’Sullivan (guitar), Paul O’Reilly (hammond) and Paul Sheppard (drums). The Blackpool Sentinel has an excellent piece ‘The Greatest Cork Band Never To Have Played Sir Henry’s?‘ which was originally posted on the Sir Henry’s 2014 exhibition site, check out both posts for some great comments. Thank you Mark Healy for somehow persuading Morty McCarthy to resurrect this cassette.

Pirates of Penzance Beyond the Purple Mts Indecision Yves Personnes Part II

David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Posted in Books, interview, Music with tags , , on December 31, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

We were saddened to learn of the death of David Cavanagh, respected music journalist and author whose work graced the pages of Sounds, Select, Mojo, Uncut and Q. His book on Creation Records (My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize) received widespread praise and we much enjoyed ‘Goodnight and Good Riddance‘ his novel around the radio shows of John Peel preserved for posterity by the folks at the Peel Wikia. Below is an interview with Tom Dunne on Newstalk on the occasion of that books’s publication which we thought you might enjoy. Rest in peace David.

Really sad to hear about the death of David Cavanagh. A little piece he wrote about loving @TheTriffids, called Hell of a Summer, is one of the most perfect pieces of writing about being a music fan. And My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize is one of the great music books.

Michael Hann
David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Hip-Hop: From Cork to New York

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , on December 26, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Inspired by a recent cassette find, we’ve been doing some research into the early days of Irish hip-hop. We came across this 3 hour documentary which is a cool document of the Cork hip-hop scene and figured it deserved a mention. Produced by Kieran Hurley and edited by Don O’Mahony for UCC 98.3FM with the support of the BAI, it features contributions from shane mccurtain, donkeyman, edwin james, chris gahan, the exile eye, shane johnson, dj hazo, stevie g, gina johnson, harvey graham, paul murphy, james mcgrath, buster c, andrew mcdonagh, lulu hackett, the assassin, GMC, mickey gatch and brossie.