The Conspiracy (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on September 9, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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The Conspiracy were Greg Pearle (vocals), Eamon Mitchell (guitar), Keith Geraghty (bass) and Michael Dunphy (drums). There was at least one further track in this 1989 session but unfortunately our tape ran out. We do have a demo ‘Say Goodbye’ which we’ll save for a future post. Eamon Mitchell kindly shared some memories with us on facebook..

The band formed in 1988 out of the ashes of the defunct indie band No Time To Cry. We performed supporting gigs in the Baggot Inn, The Tivoli and The Underground. We played a venue in Galway called Riffs beside where Monroes is now. We won a Battle of the Bands hosted by Leslie Dowdall in Raheny in 1988. We then recorded some demos in Temple Lane Studios. In 1989 we recorded a session for the Dave Fanning RTE 2FM radio show. By summer 1989 we had a loyal following and started headlining our own gigs in the Baggot Inn and Charlie’s on Aungier Street. Charlie McGettigan took over as manager and the band got some high profile gigs supporting Aslan (without Christy). At one point Paul McGuinness came to the Baggot to check us out. Alas London was calling and the band packed up and headed for the big smoke. With a new manager and a management contract signed the band set out to play the Rock Garden in Covent Garden, the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden supporting The Dixons where after our set Dave Fanning burst in with cans of Castlemaine XXXX for the band raving about the gig. The band supported The Fat Lady Sings in the Borderline before heading back to Dublin disheartened and still under contract. While licking our wounds we auditioned for The Commitments.We performed 2 songs for Alan Parker and he said he liked the band the best out of all the auditions but alas we were a rock band and The Commitments were to be a soul band. The band limped on during summer of 1990 and with in house fighting and the dreaded musical differences we broke up in July 1990 not before our swansong gig in Charlie’s supported by a very young Pale and a very very young Lir…time to pass the torch.

Servant (1989)

Ten In The Night (1989)

Auto Da Fe: Trevor Knight interview (2020)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 3, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Auto Da Fe were formed in 1981 by Trevor Knight and Gay Woods (Steeleye Span). Trevor spoke last Sunday to Tom Dunne about the recent release of an anthology ‘When the Curtain goes Bang!‘. Originally intended as download only, there was a subsequent limited run of CDs (CDRs? See comment) for radio a number of which were made available for sale. Four of the singles were produced by Phil Lynnot and some years later Gil Norton oversaw a number of recordings.

Trevor Knight interview (2020)

Wilt (2000 Session revisited)

Posted in Music, session with tags , on August 24, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

From Kilkenny, Wilt were Cormac Battle (vocals/guitar), Darragh Butler (drums) and Mick Murphy (bass). They recorded a session for Dave Fanning in 2000 two tracks of which ‘Peroxatine’ and ‘Radio Disco‘ were released on a limited edition version of ‘Bastinado’. Cormac and Darragh were previously members of Kerbdog who recently announced vinyl reissues of albums ‘Kerbdog’ and ‘On The Turn’. Thanks to Alan Lee and Brendan for the tracks and Pete for the prompt.

Never A Friend (2000)
I Want It All (2000)
Peroxatine (2000)

Songs In My Head – Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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A recent Irish Times article by Conor Pope (The Hunting Toadstools) celebrating 30 years of ‘N17’ by The Sawdoctors reminded us of a very enjoyable episode of Ann Marie Kelly‘s RTE Radio 1 series ‘Songs In My Head‘ from last November. We had already featured The Sawdoctors 1990 Fanning session but the programme prompted us to dig out some demos from another Tuam band Blaze X. Coincidentally Leo was recently a guest on Sunday Miscellany waxing lyrical on his hometown.

Peter Green R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , on July 26, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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To many listeners of Irish night time radio the opening bars of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ are forever engraved in memory transporting in an instant, raising the hairs on the back of the neck. The song which served as intro to the Dave Fanning show for many years was written and performed by Peter Green founder member of Fleetwood Mac who has sadly passed away in his sleep at the age of 73. Fittingly Dave kicked off today’s show with his old intro and was joined by long time producer Ian Wilson to pay tribute. In typical fashion Ian was to remind Dave that he actually interviewed Peter on one occasion for the show. Dave for his part recalled accidentally walking in on a BP Fallon interview at Lisdoonvarna in 1983 where the interviewer had fallen asleep but the interviewee either hadn’t noticed or was too polite to stop.

Ian Wilson on Peter Green (2020)

Kitsch Is Rich (1986)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on June 22, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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I honestly don’t understand how we’ve gotten this far without posting on one of, to my mind at least, the great lost Irish bands. Winners of the Smithwicks Rock & Pop Award in 1985, Kitsch Is Rich were a 4 piece band from Derry featuring the talents of Colum McKeever (guitar/vocals), Tony Morrison (guitar/vocals), Paul Edwards (bass/vocals) and Tommy Alford (drums). They can be seen on on YouTube performing this track for ‘Visual Eyes‘. Irishrock.org mentions a session for Radio Foyle and we know of a live recording broadcast by Colm Arbuckle of that same station. If you have any band recordings (was this track released as a single?) or memories of seeing/hearing them please get in touch.

Kitsch Is Rich ‘Million Miles’ (1986)

The Housemartins – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Posted in Music with tags on June 13, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Paul Heaton has been posting some old photos of The Housemartins and that reminded us of this interview which shockingly we had never posted. The band were in Ireland for a tour which took in The Bridge (Waterford), Horans (Tralee), Queens University (Belfast) and the evening of this interview on Oct 17th the Olympic Ballroom (Dublin). The audio quality at times is not the best but hopefully it is still an enjoyable listen. Thank you stilpix for sharing.

The Pleasure Cell / Top Hat Music Exhibition – a guest post by Michael Murphy

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on May 29, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

Deko of Paranoid Visions recently posted on Facebook that the Pleasure Cell single, ‘New Age‘ was his favourite Irish single of the 1980s. Niall McGuirk of the Hope Collective (promoters of Green Day, Fugazi, Chumbawamba etc) said it was his favourite single ever by an Irish band. The following is an essay by Michael Murphy who is coordinating an exhibition on the history of the Top Hat as a music venue in Dún Laoghaire.

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There was a band I loved in Dublin, who played the Ivy Rooms and the Undergound a fair bit. My friend, Mick McCaughan, was the Ents Officer in Trinity and he loved them too. He gave them gigs and he helped other great bands like Paranoid Visions and the Horde by giving them gigs in Trinity. He brought Serious Drinking to the college, and he encouraged serious drinking by arranging the Pogues’ first headlining tour of Ireland. They were blistering in McGonagles. He also brought over some righteous French punk bands by cleverly convincing the French embassy that it was a cultural event. Which it was. A huge plate glass window was smashed on the night by some disgruntled youngsters.
Brilliantly, he hired the Meteors to play at the Trinity Ball, but an assault conviction scuppered that, so he instead hired the Virgin Prunes, who didn’t have any convictions preventing them from playing and being brilliant. He also helped lots of other acts who were starting off like Barry Moore, Cry Before Dawn and Hothouse Flowers.
Anyhow, the Pleasure Cell, who were great, asked him to manage them. He said he couldn’t since he was going to Nicaragua because he loved the Clash’s Sandinista album so much. Which was true.
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The band then asked me to work with them, because I was friends with Mick. I helped them as much as I could. And we saved enough money to release a single. They recorded the two songs in county Meath. Which could have been Ireland’s Muscle Shoals, but it wasn’t. And when the songs didn’t sound great the next day, we got on the bus to ask if we could spend some more time, and some of the money we didn’t really have, to make them sound better. There’s nothing like travelling on a CIE bus down the country on a weekday, listening to Roly Daniels on RTE to make you feel like you’ll never be heard.
Anyhow the single got done. We got a student in NCAD to help with designing the sleeve, although I wanted it to look as cool as Vox magazine and to look a bit ‘monumental’ too. So it was done in black and gold on matt paper. We had to cut every one of them into the shape of a record sleeve as we saved a few pounds by not having them professionally cut. Not only do you save a few pounds, but you also get to inhale industrial glue for hours at a time in a garden shed if you do it like that.
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As I pasted every one of the sleeves together I would gaze at the band’s photo, which, by accident, had the negative of the photograph instead of an image you could make out. It did look good though.
Flush with 300 copies in hand-made sleeves and full of optimism and glue fumes we dropped one off at RTE for Dave Fanning and Ian Wilson. Realistically we figured that no one else there would even listen to it. Brilliantly, the test pressing that we handed in had the labels on the wrong side of the single. If you thought you were playing the A-side you were actually listening to the B-side which was recorded in 90 minutes and was not Irish rock’s high point. We had blown the chance to impress the only person we really wanted to impress in Ireland.
Amazingly Ian Wilson was impressed enough by the B-side, masquerading as the A-side, to give the band a Dave Fanning Session. This was a complete thrill, and a decent payday. If you weren’t around in the 1980s music scene you may not appreciate just how much a few hundred quid could matter. It wasn’t just the money. It was that someone who played the music we loved (except when he played Led Zeppelin for lads in Cork or Thurles) was willing to give us a chance.
We wanted to get attention for our new release, so we spray-painted 10 bricks with the anarchist slogan, “Imagine The Power Of One Brick In One Hand…” Well, we actually only painted one of them with the full slogan. It was in black and gold so it was a quality product. On the others we just wrote ‘Imagine the Power’ which may have appealed to some very spiritually devoted people, or it may have given the New Age self-help movement in Ireland a timely boost.
The brick was well reviewed in the Irish music press. It got more attention than the single to be honest. But we persevered. And they were an incredible band, with the ferocity of the US hardcore bands, but the melodic guile of the Stranglers. There was nothing like them, so there was no movement for them to be part of.

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At this time, and people who went to see bands in the mid-to-late 1980s will understand this, a man moved to Dublin. To us, he was ‘The Man’. The musician we most admired. The man who could listen to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan yet not sound crap. It was as if Joe Strummer got married to Patti Smith and moved to Newgrange. Mike Scott. The Waterboys. Man, and I use that word with such fear, he was as cool as could be. Those first three albums were sublime to us.
One day he walked into the shop where I worked, The Diceman. The drummer, Will, from the Pleasure Cell worked there too. Mike Scott was looking for a chess set, Newgrange probably gets boring of an evening. We got chatting, he was a super nice guy and we told him that the Pleasure Cell played one of his songs: ‘Be My Enemy’. He said that was cool and off he went.
A few weeks later, he arrived in a busy Underground on a Saturday night. He brought his guitar and climbed up on that little stage behind the rickety red picket fence thing, and he joined the Pleasure Cell. For five minutes. But it was five minutes of pure magic. Pure decently too. He had lots of things he could be doing on a Dublin Saturday night. Yet he took time to visit a young local band, to take them seriously, to collaborate with them for a few brief moments that were played back in our minds over and over again for years.
The Pleasure Cell never ‘made it’. And what does that even mean? But on that night, when our favourite rock star was ‘one of us’, there was no place I would rather have been. No performance I would rather have seen.
The Pleasure Cell were Noel Green (guitar & vocals), Dermot Reid (bass) and Will Walsh (drums).
Michael Murphy was part of the Dublin DIY music scene in the 1980s before emigrating to London where he worked for Virgin Records, and then to New York to work for Imago Records (Henry Rollins, Aimee Mann). Later he set up his own music management company. He is now lectures about the music industry at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and has written extensively about the Irish and global music industries.

The Ramones on the BP Fallon Orchestra (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 26, 2020 by Fanning Sessions
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Marc Bolan meets the Ramones, introduced by BP Fallon,  photographed by Richard Young. London 1976

On 25th June 1985 The Ramones played the TV Club in Dublin. The same day they did interviews with Dave Fanning and this one by Dee Dee and Joey with BP Fallon for the BP Fallon Orchestra. Thank you once again to the taper for digitising especially for us. If you have any further BPFO recordings we’d love to hear from you. Photo via tribe4mian.

The Damned on the BP Fallon Orchestra (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on May 25, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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In 1985 BP Fallon welcomed Dave Vanian and Rat Scabies of The Damned to the RTE studio for a very entertaining conversation on his show the BP Fallon Orchestra. The recording coincided with their show at the SFX in Dublin on 13th Sept 1985. A big thank you once again to the taper who also provided the photograph.

Citizens Of Boomtown – The Story of Bob Geldof and Boomtown Rats (2020)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 22, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Citizens Of Boomtown‘ is a Billy Magra documentary telling the story of Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats. It features contributions from Bono, Sting, Sinead O’Connor, Joseph O’Connor, Neil McCormick among others. It was broadcast on RTE1 in March and Saturday sees the UK premiere on BBC2 at 9.20pm. Bob was a guest on Dave Fanning’s weekend show on March 21st to talk about the film, the new album and lyric book. The Blackpool Sentinel have an excellent review here.

Also on BBC1 NI this Sunday at 10.30pm is a welcome showing of the Terri Hooley biopic ‘Good Vibrations‘. RTE1 meanwhile has quietly started season 3 of Pat Shortt’s archive dig ‘Music From D’Telly‘, more details to follow.

Captain Sensible on the BP Fallon Orchestra (1985)

Posted in radio with tags , on May 20, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

On July 14th 1985 BP Fallon recorded a special London edition of his show the BP Fallon Orchestra with Captain Sensible as “guide”. The show was broadcast on RTE Radio 2 in August 1985, the photo is from the RTE Guide. Many thanks to the taper who digitised it especially for us, no mean feat given the state of said cassette some 35 years later. Fingers crossed for further BPFO shows featuring Joey & Dee Dee Ramone (1985) and Rat Scabies & Dave Vanian of The Damned (1986).

First stop on the voyage was The Cricketers in Kennington to see Basil’s Balls-Up Band. Then it was off to the Vauxhall Tavern and a chat with drag artist Candy DuBarry. This is followed by a visit to the Royal Festival Hall where Swan Lake is being performed and a chat with Steve Marriot. Next stop is the Marquee and a chat with Johnny Thunders. Then they accidentally bump into P.P. Arnold (who we at the end of the show are told features in next week’s BPFO). Then it’s on to an Adult Video store which was the site of the 2i’s Coffee Bar in Old Compton Street. Finally it’s off to the Hippodrome and a chat with the manager Roger Howe. The last item is a chat with some members of Frankie goes to Hollywood. The show was produced by Willie O’Reilly.

As always we’d love to hear what you think, can you remember the broadcast, do you have any BPFO episodes in the attic?

The Frames (1991 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on May 2, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

Sunday Miscellany last week on RTE Radio 1 featured an essay ‘Glen’s Gift‘ by Jackie Lynam. Our first thoughts when the piece finished were, does she still have the tape? Of course we reached out and Jackie was kind enough to share today’s featured track. Seafort Parade is an unreleased song from a cassette of demos given to Jackie by Glen Hansard the day before The Frames entered the studio to record their debut album. The photo is by Eoin O’B who by the looks of it also has some interesting tapes in his attic. For loads more Frames memories be sure to check out orderinthesound.

Seafort Parade (1991 demo)

The Riordans – Greener Elsewhere (1988)

Posted in Music with tags on April 19, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, The Riordans were Pat Clafferty (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jill Hahn (guitar) Damien Byrne (bass) and Milo Madden (drums). Jill and Pat went on to form Mexican Pets where they were joined by Derrick Dalton of Hey Paulette (bass). Pat was later in Wheel who recorded a session which we would love to hear. Thanks to Pat for the photo of himself and Jill taken in Eustace St beside the old practice rooms opposite where the IFI entrance is now.

The Riordans – Greener Elsewhere (1988)

The Sugar Rays (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on April 17, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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The Sugar Rays were Senan Burke (vocals), Dianne Steen (keyboards), Anthony Cregan (bass), Brendan Connolly (guitar), Enda Cahill (drums). This session was recorded for Dave Fanning in April 1988. Thank you Thomas for the tape and Jack for the request.

Elvis Presley On CD (1988)

Milkboy (1988)

Toulouse Lautrec (1988)

Bulletproof (1988)

Marty Lundy (Katmandu) R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , on April 16, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Marty Lundy of new wave act Katmandu who died on Tuesday at his home in Belfast aged 68. Photo courtesy irishrock.org.

Dave Heffernan ‘TX’ interview

Irish Nuggets: Original Artefacts From The Irish Alternative Music Scene 1977-99

Posted in Music with tags on April 15, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

These are strange times. The last weeks round these parts have been brightened listening to the two new installments of the excellent Irish Nuggets series. These are chronological compilations of Irish alternative releases, few if any of which troubled the charts, in other words hours of music you will not be hearing on your radio any time soon. If Cherry Red were to put out a box set looking at the Irish music scene they could do worse than simply releasing these tracks. Thank you Irish Nuggets for your sterling work on these mammoth mixtapes. Click the titles below for tracklistings and sleeve notes.

Volume 7: 1992-93

Volume 6: 1990-91

Volume Five: 1988-89

Volume Four: 1985-87

Volume Three: 1982-84

Volume Two: 1980-81

Volume One: 1977-79

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2

Posted in Books, Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , on April 3, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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We were first reminded of this publication on the occasion of Gregory Gray‘s passing and the excellent Tom Robinson tribute. One of the people Tom spoke to was Noel McLaughlin, co-author with Martin McLoone of an academic publication on Irish music ‘Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2‘. We tracked down a recording of the 2012 interview with the authors on the Dave Fanning show and promptly did nothing more. Reading an excellent piece by Colm O’Callaghan for the Blackpool Sentinel ‘The Rats vs Ireland’s Showbands‘ however reminded us again of the book and the interview. We don’t have a copy but our local library does so we were able to read the chapter on Gregory. Posting the interview now for posterity.

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them / van morrison
the method
sean campbell ‘english blood, irish heart’
rory gallagher
u2
horslips
sinead o’connor
gregory gray

Paul PJ McCartney (2016 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 29, 2020 by Fanning Sessions
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Paul PJ McCartney photo (c) Jim Cunningham

We’ve long been fans of Derry’s Bam Bam & The Calling and the subsequent projects of it’s band members (Rare, Deadly Engines, The Gatefolds). We were very lucky to witness a recent solo outing by Paul which impressed by the number of new songs in the set. Today’s track is a few years old and featured on a mixtape compiled by Paul which we hope he doesn’t mind us sharing. It was recorded by Paul with his brothers Gavin and Rion in the summer of 2016. This post is dedicated to all the sung and unsung heroes on the frontline helping us get through the apocalypse in which we now find ourselves. Stay safe everyone.

Paul PJ McCartney – Unity Light Dissolve (2016)

Nun Attax / Five Go Down To The Sea? Exhibition at Cork City Library

Posted in live, Music with tags , , , , , , on March 22, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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The best laid plans oft go astray.. the following is a guest post by Siobhan Bardsley of the Cork Zine Archive, planned to coincide with an exhibition in Cork City Library on Grand Parade before events overtook us. The library is currently closed.

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“The Greatest Cork EP of all Time!” Kaught at the Kampus with advert from Hotpress 1981

I’ve always had a fascination with Nun Attax and Five Go Down to the Sea?. I remember seeing them on Anything Goes, the kids show on RTE back in 1981. My dad worked with Ricky and Keith, so we were all in front of the telly that Saturday morning, waiting to see the drummer playing out of the back window of a car!

Although having never seen Nun Attax live, nor Five Go Down to the Sea?, I was always aware of their cult following when I started going to see gigs in Cork. But by then they’d long gone.

Fast forward 30 years, while establishing the Cork Zine Archive, I came across a fanzine called Plink Plink Fizz, the first issue from 1980 had an interview with the lads from Nun Attax. All of a sudden they were back. There they were, bold as brass in their own words.

Nic who had produced that fanzine with his friends, gave me copies of the other two issues of Plink Plink Fizz, along with some of the master paste-up pages (with some of Ciaran O Tuama’s original photographs still attached) and a Nun Attax poster that he’d saved from a gig.

I knew what I had here was not just valuable publications for the Cork Zine Archive, but some unique material on Nun Attax. So this material has been the starting point of an exhibition dedicated to the band Nun Attax and it’s later incarnation as bands’ Five Go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven. The exhibition includes fanzines, photographs, records, cassettes, and demo reel, along with some newly rediscovered personal memorabilia from band members Ricky, Keith and Philip.

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Original demo tape of Knocknaheeny Shuffle and Evening Echo feature from 1981 “… many will find it raucous and unmusical.”

The event is to coincide with the long awaited release of their retrospective album ‘Hiding from the Landlord‘ in April. It’s amazing to hear the remastered and previously unreleased tracks in all their glory, they remain as challenging and brilliant as they did the first time I heard them.

If anyone might like to add some memorabilia (or memories) to the exhibition, we can be contacted at info@corkzinearchive.com

The exhibition will open on April 18th in Cork City Library, Grand Parade. The album ‘Hiding from the Landlord’ will be launched on the same day.

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“The Man I Didn’t Kill” Unpublished lyrics of Finbarr Donnelly

Little Museum of Dublin seeking Italia 90 memorabilia

Posted in Music with tags , on March 15, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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We very much enjoyed the first installment of ‘The Boys In Green‘ on RTÉ One last Monday. Then on Friday we heard Professor Paul Rouse from the School of History in UCD speak to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 about why he, along with the Little Museum of Dublin, is on the hunt for World Cup Italia ’90 memorabilia. Yours truly was lucky enough to attend Ireland’s final game as evidenced by the above ticket stub. The game was somewhat an anti-climax but witnessing the green army invade Rome sure was a sight to behold. Email photos of your memorabilia for consideration please to mark@littlemuseum.ie. The final part of the documentary is on RTÉ One Monday at 9.35pm

Hiding From The Landlord – a Finbarr Donnelly retrospective on All City Records (18th April 2020)

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Dublin’s All City Records are releasing a compilation on their AllChival label tracing the musical pursuits of Cork’s Finbarr Donnelly who tragically drowned in London’s Hyde Park in 1989. From the post punk of Nun Attax via the discordant indie of Five Go Down To The Sea? to the chaos of Beethoven’s short lived existence this compilation shines light on one of Ireland’s most enigmatic frontmen. The album will be released as a 15 track vinyl LP on 18th April.  The tracks were originally released on Setanta, Creation, Kabuki & Abstract in addition to previously unreleased Dave Fanning sessions. The first 100 orders come with with free 24 track CD (9 additional songs) & fanzine featuring Kevin Barry, Conal Creedon, Elvera Butler (Reekus Records), Cathal Coughlan, Gavin Friday, Úna Ní Chanainn (Five Go Down to the Sea?), Janette Garthwaite (Abstract Record), Pete Astor (The Loft/The Weather Prophets), Sally Timms (The Mekons), Declan Lynch and John Robb. Photography is by Ciarán Ó Tuama.

Preorders are now open on the bandcamp page.

A special day. One that’s been wanting/waiting for 30 years. I’ve been wanting to compile this for 30 years, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to do so. Here’s to Ricky Dineen, the departed Finbarr Donnelly, Mick Stack, Philip O’Connell, Keith ‘Smelly’ O’Connell, Úna Ní Chanainn, Daniel Strittmatter, the departed Maurice Carter —- and even if they’re not present on this record, they’re all present in spirit, the rest of the Nunfivethoven players – Giordai Ua Laoghaire, Mick Finnegan, and the departed Pat ‘Pat The Hat’ Kelleher.
John Byrne, record collector & DJ

I heard stories about Donnelly’s passing before I ever heard the music he created with Ricky Dineen in their bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven. I worked with Frontline Promotions promoting gigs in the mid 90s. Many’s the gig ended with a late night lock-in at Nancy Spains on Barrack Street in Cork. These sessions invariably involved Frontline’s Philip O’Connell running up a bar tab while holding forth in the company of whatever touring Irish or UK band was in town. Philip, who had played bass with Nun Attax, is a great storyteller and would regale us with tales of Nun Attax, Donnelly and the Arc. I can remember Tim Gane from Stereolab being impressed when he realised that Philip had played bass with Donnelly’s first band – this in turn impressed me. I would stumble home thinking, “Where can I get these tunes?” Jim O’Mahony gave me the records from his own collection to tape – “Jesus, mind them Paul.” The records are incredible: Nun Attax were an unbelievably good punk band, Five Go Down to the Sea? are just special, they sound like nothing else and even recorded with a bloody cello; and Beethoven’s complete obliteration of Day Tripper was awarded an NME “Single of the Week”.
Paul McDermott (producer ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’)

Colour Tide (1995 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on March 1, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

Colour Tide

From Cork, Colour Tide are Aidan O’Driscoll (guitar), John Brennan / John Shanahan ex Shimpu Zig Zag (vocals), George McDonald / Phil Fogarty (keyboards), Gordon Ashe ex Burning Embers, Ruby Horse (drums), Ray Murphy / Noel Barrett (bass), Alison / Siobhan (backing vocals). This song featured on a demo borrowed from Pat O’Mahony. The remaining tracks are; ‘Wake Up’, ‘Let Go’ and ‘One Day’. They self released an album ‘Underwater’ in 2001 which is available via their website.

Shelter Her From Pain (1995)

The City Remains (2020)

Posted in Music with tags , on February 19, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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The City Remains are the latest musical project of Scale The Heights alumni Paul McAllister & Liam Kirkpatrick. Their debut eponymously titled album will be available on March 27th 2020 online and in select record shops.

DannyBoy Film (2019)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on February 13, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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We look forward to seeing DannyBoy, a coming-of-age rom-com set in 1981 small town Ireland. A micro budget indie production the film will be on the festival circuit in 2020. The screenplay is by Ferdia Mac Anna with Mary Duffin.

Elvera Butler (Reekus Records) and Ross Fitzsimons executively produced the soundtrack which features Joe Jackson, The Atrix, The Radiators, The Resistors, Tony Koklin, SM Corporation, Tim McStay (ex-Resistors), Big Self, DC Nien, Pop Mecanics, Barry Warner and more. Poster design is by Jack Healy.

Ferdia was a member of Rocky DeValera & The Rhythm Kings. He has written three novels; ‘The Last of the High Kings’ (also a 1996 movie starring Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Christina Ricci), ‘The Ship Inspector’ and ‘Cartoon City’. He has also penned a memoir, ‘The Rocky Years’ and a play ‘Big Mom’.

The film will premiere on May 1st at 7pm on the official Facebook page.

Engine Alley (1995 Acoustic Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 7, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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From Kilkenny, Engine Alley were for this 1995 Dave Fanning acoustic session; Canice Kenealy (vocals, guitar), Brian Kenealy (guitar) and Eamonn Byrne (bass). Thanks to Michael Mee for supplying the cassette tape. Engine Alley have resumed gigging so catch them while you can.

Steal Your Money (1995)
I Spy (1995)
So Low (1995)

In Tua Nua (In Concert 1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 12, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Seeing Leslie Dowdall on the Late Late Show on Friday reminded us of this 1985 recording from the Dave Fanning show. Broadcast in two 30 minutes segments over different weeks but kindly preserved and digitised for us by Tim Barnes. In Tua Nua are/were Leslie Dowdall, Paul Byrne, Jack Dublin, Martin Clancy, Ivan O’Shea, Steve Wickham, Vinnie Kilduff, Aingeala de Burgha, Brian O’Brian, Matt Spalding and Lovely Previn. We saw them on their 2017 Irish tour and they still have it.

Laughing at the Moon
Strike the Light *
Blue Eyes Again
One More Intake *
Heaven Can Wait
The Man
Comin’ Thru
West of Sunset *
Somebody to Love
Ballad of St. Patrick
Seven into the Sea

* not commercially released

 

The Outpatients….! (1988 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 8, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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From Finglas in Dublin, The Outpatients were Ronan Collins (drums), Pat Kelly (vocals & guitar), Greg O’Beirne (guitar) and Noel Cunningham (bass). ‘Pearl’ is a longtime favourite round these parts so it is a source of embarrassment that we have not featured them until now. This recording comes from the Pat O’Mahony collection which has been digitised and returned but so far only dipped into. There were two other Outpatients tapes in Pat’s box but unfortunately they would not play, we suspect the The Outpatients took a leaf from the Mission Impossible playbook – the tapes self destruct after 30 years. Thanks to Gavin for the gentle reminder. If there are others you’d like to hear then make yourselves heard. For some great comments check out this post on the Dublin Opinion blog as part of their Irish music thread. The Outpatients have also featured on the excellent Cloudberry Records blog.

When We Were Young

Pearl

Rocksteady Freddy

Smalltalk

When We Were Young (vodka version)

Larry Gogan R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 7, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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Tom Dunne paid fitting tribute on his Newstalk show the evening the sad news reached us that esteemed broadcaster Larry Gogan had died. We were struck by how supportive Larry had been of local music and the number of bands he played on his shows who might not have been used to national airtime outside Dave Fanning’s show.

boomtown rats – like clockwork
u2 – in gods country
joe dolan – when god created woman
phil lynott – old town
blades – downmarket
golden horde – friends in time
something happens – forget georgia
aslan – this is
the freshmen –
the johnsons
dickie rocks – simple simon says
tom petty & the heartbreakers – the last dj
willie nelson – for real (tom petty)
jerry fish – true friends
relish – you i’m thinking of
divine comedy – songs of love
u2 – a sort of homecoming
cranberries – linger
rory gallagher – wheels within wheels
those nervous animals – business enterprise
undertones – wednesday week
u2 – still havent found what i’m looking for (live at madison square gardens)
liam o’flynn – joyce’s tune

Dennis Herlihy (R.I.P.)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 2, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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In September 2019 the world lost much loved and admired Cork sound engineer and tour manager Dennis Herlihy. Dennis was tour manager for Aslan, Donovan and The Wolfe Tones to name but three and worked on many gigs and events over the years. A complete list of acts he worked with may well be beyond our scope but we thought we’d mention those featured on this site. To the best of our knowledge, the following acts recorded music with Dennis at the helm: 3355409s, Adolf Grunt, Bennys Head, Berserk, Berlin, Burning Embers, Cypress, Mine!, Expresso Mambo, Hooky, The Boy The Boy, Porcelyn Tears, Shimpu Zig Zag, Anthony & De Confidence, Max Von Rap, The O’Malleys, Belsonic Sound, Power Of Dreams, Very Much In Love, Light A Big Fire, The Frank & Walters. Jim Casey has kindly lent us a selection of tapes belonging to Dennis featuring many of the bands listed and we hope to feature some of these in 2020.

Nine Wassies From Bainne (1996 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on December 30, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork and Dublin Nine Wassies From Bainne were Giordaí Ua Laoghaire (vocals, ex Micro Disney, Nun Attax, Soon), Enda Doyle (bass) and Peter O’Kennedy (drums ex Golden Horde). Thanks to Cork Zine Archive and John Byrne who kindly dug this cassette out.

Very Much In Love (Dennis Herlihy Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on December 29, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The following recordings come from the Dennis Herlihy collection which we currently have on loan. Very Much In Love were John Borrowman (vocals), Pat O’Connell, Uli Hoffman, Frank West, Mick Collins and Mark Van Dam. Recorded at Elm Tree Studios, the engineer was Ger O’Leary. John Borrowman was of course frontman with The Atrix, Uli Hoffman and Pat O’Connell were in Max Von Rap.

The Blue Angels (1993 HMV Unplugged)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Blue Angels were Shane O’Neill (guitar/vocals), Quentin Cowper (guitar), Eamonn Tynan (keyboards), Declan Jones (bass) and Dave Clarke (drums). Shane, Declan and Dave were previously members of Blue In Heaven. Candy was released as a single in 1991 and was voted into Fanning’s Fab Fifty at number 33 that same year. This particular recording can be found on the 1993 HMV Unplugged compilation.

Candy (1993 live acoustic)

The Castanedas (Dublin 27th & Carlow 28th Dec 2019)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Carlow’s The Castanedas have announced two shows over Christmas to take advantage of all members being in the same country for a brief overlapping period of time. They play Thomas House, Dublin on Friday 27th and La Boheme, Carlow on Saturday 28th December. Support on both nights will be an acoustic set from Gala Hutton (Azure Days). The Castanedas are Eric Cole (guitar/ vocals), Jim Jordan (guitar), Colm Walsh (bass) and Eric Murray (drums).

Reed Song (demo)

Fanning’s Fab Fifty (1991)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 15, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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We are always on the lookout for Fanning’s Fab Fifty rundowns to help fill out the master list so were delighted to come across this tape featuring 23 of the tracks to feature in the 1991 edition. Unfortunately Dave’s links were edited out so we can’t give the placings or the missing tracks. Eagle eyed readers might spot a typo – ‘Coast Is Clear’ is by Curve. Thanks to Caroline for sharing. Updating with full info thanks to Mossy. Spotify playlist.

50 Gloria – Them
49 Arclight – The Fat Lady Sings
48 You Are The Everything – R.E.M.
47 The End – The Doors
46 Heroin – The Velvet Underground
45 Pride – U2
44 Bloodsport For All – Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
43 Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
42 Starsign – Teenage Fanclub
41 The Dancer – The Frames
40 Endless Art – A House
39 She Bangs the Drums – The Stone Roses
38 Gigantic – The Pixies
37 Light My Fire – The Doors
36 Atmosphere – Joy Division
35 Sit Down – James
34 Walter’s Trip – The Frank and Walters
33 Candy – The Blue Angels
32 Troy – Sinéad O’Connor
31 Sensitize – That Petrol Emotion
30 Galway and Los Angeles – Toasted Heretic
29 Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies
28 This Charming Man – The Smiths
27 World Leader Pretend – R.E.M.
26 Happy – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
25 What Difference Does It Make – The Smiths
24 Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
23 After The Watershed – Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
22 A Forest – The Cure
21 Step On – Happy Mondays
20 Size of a Cow – The Wonderstuff
19 The End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.
18 Monkey Gone to Heaven – The Pixies
17 One Tree Hill – U2
16 Coast Is Clear – Curve
15 Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen
14 Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr.
13 The Fly – U2
12 Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies
11 Celebrate – An Emotional Fish
10 Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
9 Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
8 One – U2
7 Fool’s Gold – The Stone Roses
6 Losing My Religion – REM
5 100 Boys – The Golden Horde
4 I Am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses
3 Debaser – The Pixies
2 Bad (Live) – U2
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Barry McCormack (2019 Tom Dunne interview)

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

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Former Jubilee Allstar Barry McCormack has just released his seventh solo album ‘Mean Time‘. A recent album of the week on the Tom Dunne show, Tom invited Barry into the Newstalk studio for a very enjoyable chat. Barry plays an early evening show at Coughlan’s of Cork on Feb 15th 2020.

Tom Dunne interview (4th Dec 2019)

A House Is Dead – Vicar Street Dec 12th 2019

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 8, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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This Thursday in Vicar Street, Dave Couse & Fergal Bunbury will bring their A House Is Dead project to the stage one final time. Here are some of the recent radio appearances followed by some words by Fergal on facebook.

Dave Fanning  (2fm 24th Nov 2019)

For The Record – Dan Hegarty (2fm 27th Nov 2019)

Richie McCormack (Newstalk 22nd Nov 2019)

Paul McLoone (TodayFM 21st Nov 2019)

 

The thing is this. There will be no London, Limerick, Cork or anywhere else IAMSTILLTHEGREATEST shows. Unfortunately, we don’t think any of these would be viable. We’re not even sure if there’s enough people who care to make Vicar Street viable but we’re gonna do it anyway and then we’re out. Whatever myself and Dave do in the future, either separately or together, it won’t be this. We spent many years bringing the noise to cities and venues all over Ireland, England, America and a few in Europe but just this once, the world will have to come to us. Why Vicar Street? We were born in Dublin and first picked up guitars in Dublin. We are it and it is we. The sold out NCH show was so beautiful and powerful that we decided to give something back. Some people expressed their reluctance to get their freak on in the hallowed confines of the National Concert Hall so this one is for the dancers and the dreamers. The show will be performed with all the raging intensity that we bring to everything we do. It will have the power, the screens, the slides, the multi generational IAMAFRAID , eight songs we didn’t play in June and then we will be gone, like slanting rain. I urge anyone who is interested to attend. Don’t be the one saying I wish I went to that or worse, saying you went when you didn’t.

Fergal Bunbury

Those Handsome Devils (1984 Session)

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

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We’ve been on the lookout for this session for some time so hats off to Seán Dee for doing the business this time round. Those Handsome Devils were Seán Foy (guitar & vocals), Pat Harte (bass), Frank Rynne (guitar) and Johnny Bonnie (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning on Feb 20th 1984. Correction: changed year from 1983 to 1984, master list of session details was incorrect.

Sitting On Top Of The World
If You Knew My Gal
Lonesome Train
Johnny Cynic

Andy White (2016 Tom Robinson Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , on November 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Andy White’s imminent tour of Ireland prompted us to go digging and this 2016 retrospective on the Tom Robinson 6music show is perfect. Broadcast on Dec 3rd 2016 Andy joins Tom to look back on what was then 30 years of Andy’s career. The two have history as you will find out and it all makes for a very enjoyable listen with many interesting details of the twists and turns of Andy’s career. Andy has just released a new album ‘Time is a Buffalo in the Art of War‘ and plays Belfast (Nov 29), Ballymena (Nov 30), DC Music Club Dublin (Dec 1) and Coughlan’s Cork (Dec 5). See you there!

 

Blaze X (1981)

Posted in Music with tags on November 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Tuam, Co Galway, Blaze X were Paul Cunniffe (guitar & vocals), Davy Carton (guitar & vocals), Jarlath Keating (bass) and Paul Ralph (drums). In 1980 they released a single ‘Some Hope‘ and later that year supported U2 at Leisureland. Following the demise of Blaze X in 1981, Paul Cunniffe was active as a solo artist until his tragic death in 2001. A posthumous album ‘Excuse My Accent’ is available on Spotify and a short documentary can be found here. Davy Carton is now a member of The Saw Doctors who recorded their own version of ‘I Used To Love Her’. Fellow Saw Doctor Leo Moran’s recent appearance on RTE Radio 1 show ‘Songs in my Head‘, where he fondly remembers the excitement of the Blaze X days, prompted today’s post. Thanks to Jamie Ralph for the photos and tracks.

Aidan McCarthy (1981)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on November 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

We recently took possession, on loan, of a number of tapes, DATs and minidiscs belonging to the esteemed Cork sound engineer Dennis Herlihy who died in September. Dennis was well known for his work with Sir Henry’s and the Triskel and was at the helm recording many great Irish bands such as Light A Big Fire, Belsonic Sound and Power Of Dreams. We hope to compile a comprehensive list in due course.

This first recording from his archive is one of the earliest, dated February 1981. Labelled Aiden McCarthy we didn’t immediately recognise it but some comments on Facebook soon set us straight. Aidan featured in a number of Cork bands; Berzerk, The Kidz, Romeo Butcher and according to Ricky Dineen in the Paul McDermott Oral History played a role in the formation of Nun Attax. One further band fronted by Aidan was Adolf Grunt who as it happens featured Dennis Herlihy on guitar..

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On Wednesday November 20th in the Crane Lane, Cork there will be a tribute concert for Dennis. Artists performing include The Service, Dizzy Blues Band, Hank Wedel and John Doherty of Little Hours. Doors are at 8.30pm and entry is free.

Ten By Ten – a compilation of Cork bands (1995)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Ten By Ten Volume One is a compilation of unsigned Cork bands released by the Cork Music Resource Co-op (CMRC) in 1995. It features one track each from Inhaler, Manhole, Starchild, Kidminister, Boa, Guru, Sander, The Orange Fettishes, Special Love Brigade and Lunatic Fringe. Thanks to the Cork Zine Archive for tracking down a copy.

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The Montoya Sound (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on November 2, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Bullying Kind (1990)

Updating with comment from Pete Deane on Facebook:

“I am very pleased that this song, The Bullying Kind, has reached the public domain. Thank you Fanning Sessions Archive. This is one of our demo recordings, which was broadcast on RTE Radio in (apparently) 1990. It features my musical composition and my vocal performance with Philip Mullen’s lyrics and guitar playing. It is a recording of our full band, including 3-piece brass section, all recorded by our dear-departed friend and production genius Martin Rex on a Tascam 8-Track machine in the living room of my flat in Kings Cross, London. The superb brass arrangement of the finale was composed by our trumpet player Chris Lee, formerly of Pigbag and the magnificent sax solo was by John Glenn, formerly of The Republic, with Sarah Jane Morris. Harmony vocals were by Angie Dixon, Montoya Sound member, and wife of Some Kind of Wonderful drummer Paul Bibby. This track also features Rupert Greenall of The Fixx on Hammond organ and Jeffrey Scantlebury of The Dub Band on percussion.”

London based but featuring two Irish songwriters Pete Deane and Phil Mullen both ex Some Kind Of Wonderful originally from Dundalk. The Montoya sound were Dan Sheals (drums), Dave Ward (bass), Chris Lee (trumpet), Phil Greenwood (saxophone), John Harbourne (trombone), Louis Vause ( keyboards), Angie Dixon (vocals), Philip Mullen (guitar) and Pete Deane (vocals). We found this track on one of our Fanning tapes after watching the band’s 1992 ‘On The Waterfront’ performance of ‘When You Kill A Beautiful Thing‘. Pete has confirmed there was a radio interview with Dave during which two tracks were performed acoustically.

Mickey Bradley Record Show moves to Friday

Posted in Music with tags on October 30, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Update: Apologies are in order, looks like the MBRS lives on, this is simply a move to Fridays, rugby permitting. Will probably delete this post but to avoid unnecessary confusion leaving in place for now.

After 6 years the Mickey Bradley Record Show on Radio Ulster is no more. The final show was on October 15th and it’s fair to say Tuesday evenings won’t be the same. He makes way for a new Monday – Thursday show from fellow Derryman and respected music head Stephen McCauley. Mickey will host some further Friday evening shows until January but after that who knows what the future holds. Another casualty of the latest deckchair rearrangement and one which will possibly cut deeper is the cancellation of the BBC Northern Ireland Arts Show to which Mickey was also contributor.

Mickey will be appearing this weekend at Dún Laoghaire Vinyl Festival
where he will discuss ‘Music & Life in 70’s & 80’s Derry‘ with fellow Undertone Damian O’Neill and author Geraldine Quigley.

Man Ray (Helden Flexi)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 14, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Man Ray were Brendan Morrison (vocals & guitar), Mary Mulrine (vocals & piano), Anthony O’Kane (rhythm guitar), Phil Crothers (bass) and Robert McGlone (drums). This track featured on a flexi given away with Helden fanzine in the late 80s. I believe that Man Ray like other acts featured in the short lived series were from Northern Ireland, in this instance they share the billing with Bam Bam & The Calling. The flexi is a little the worse for wear so the quality of the recording leaves something to be desired, but for now it is all we have. Thanks to Thomas Erbsloh for the flexi. Update via Phil Crothers: the band formed in 1986 with all but Robert McGlone meeting on the Foundation Year Art course in Rupert Stanley College, Belfast. They played across Ireland, recording a session for the BBC show ‘Across The Line’ and appearing on the BBC show ‘Channel One’ hosted by Jackie Hamilton (The Moondogs). Interest from label Polydor came just after the band decided to split.Robert is currently active with Jam Pact and Phil with Stonefish.

Man Ray: left to right, Brendan Morrison, Anthony O’Kane, Robert McGlone, Phil Crothers, Mary Mulrine.

Man Ray ‘Apology’

Twix Rocks – Into ’91 With Fanning’s Choice

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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This is a nice promotional cassette produced in conjunction with Twix, featuring 10 of Dave Fanning’s favourite Irish tracks of 1990. Each one is introduced by Dave, with De Confidence receiving a particularly nice mention. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for sharing.

An Emotional Fish – Move On
The Dixons – Here Comes The Love Machine
The Stunning – Brewing Up A Storm
No Sweat – Waters Flow
The Honey Thieves – Drive
Into Paradise – Bring Me Closer
The Prayer Boat – Stopping the World
De Confidence – Dropout
Toasted Heretic – They Didn’t Teach Music in My School
A House – Bugaboo

Grasshopper (1995)

Posted in Music with tags on September 23, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Grasshopper were a 4 piece featuring Brian Adams (guitar), Acko Atkinson (vocals, guitar), Dan Simperingham (bass) and Peter Murphy (drums). They released 3 singles, ‘Disapeer’, ‘Stupid!’ and ‘Harrington Street’ and a video for a fourth track ‘Sound As A Pound‘ can be found on YouTube. They recorded a Fanning session but we have no details. Peter Murphy’s latest project Cursed Murphy versus The Resistance have an upcoming show at Wexford Arts Festival on October 10th. As usual all corrections most welcome.

Stupid! (1995)

The Atrix – retrospective album launch (2019)

Posted in interview, radio with tags , , , on September 17, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Irish Times byline sums it up perfectly: “Cult new wave national treasures The Atrix return with a gig, a CD and new material”. Dan Hegarty interviewed Hugh Friel (drums) and Dick Conroy (bass) on his show last Sunday and the two will appear on the Tom Dunne show tonight at 10pm. The remastered compilation album ‘Dublin 1979-1981’ will be launched on CD and vinyl this Thursday September 19th in the Sugar Club with special guests Kevin McAleer and Paula Meehan.

Dan Hegarty interview (2019)

Tom Dunne interview (2019)

Bohinta (1993 Session)

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

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Bohinta were for this 1993 Dave Fanning session – Martin Furey (vocals, guitar, whistles, pipes), Aine Furey (vocals, bodhran), Greig Stewart (drums), Dave McCleod (bass), Roy Marchbank (guitars, mandolin), Nell (fiddle) and Tally (bodhran). The session was produced by Ian Wilson. There are 3 albums listed on discogs: a compilation ‘Bohinta’ (1996) featuring a further session track ‘Heaven’, ‘Wishes’ (1996) and ‘Belladonna’ (2002). Thanks to Eoin Fegan for resurrecting these tracks from cassette.

Broken Shell (1993)

Cirrus (1993)

Say You (1993)

Kristin Hersh (1994 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 4, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Kristin Hersh first came to prominence as a member of Throwing Muses. In 1994 she released a solo album ‘Hips and Makers’ and on April 2nd she performed an in-store at Tower Records. There are no Irish dates listed on the official site but presumably on the occasion of this visit she also recorded this session for Dave Fanning. Thanks Eoin Fegan for the recording. Check out a 2016 interview with Tom Dunne here.

Scheer (1993 Session)

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

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From Maghera and Magherafelt in County Derry, Scheer were Audrey Gallagher (vocals), Neal Calderwood (lead guitar), Paddy Leyden (rhythm guitar), PJ Doherty and later Peter Fleming (bass) and Joe Bates (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1993. The band released two albums, Infliction (1996) on 4AD and ‘… And Finally’ (2000) on Schism Records. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for digging out the recording.

Nemesis (1993)
Shine (1993)
Wish You Were Dead (1993)

No Journeys End the story of Michael O’Shea (2019)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Michael O’Shea and Sean O’Hagan (c) VOX

On Sunday Lyric FM broadcast ‘No Journeys End’ the latest documentary feature produced by Paul McDermott. It told the story of Michael O’Shea an experimental musician from Carlingford who released a self-titled album in 1982. McDermott recounts how Michael built his own instrument, played Ronnie Scott’s and featured on national television. The documentary features contributions from among others, Michael’s sister Rita, Graham Lewis (Wire), Stano, Tom Johnston (The The), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Mark Prendergast (Irish Rock) and Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound). The album was reissued in 2019 by AllChival Records.An accompanying oral history offers further detail and context.

Radiators ‘Ghostown’ preview (1979)

Posted in Music with tags , on August 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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On June 9th 1979, Philip Chevron visited Dave Fanning at RTE to preview ‘Ghostown’ the second album by The Radiators. Produced by Tony Visconti this album was to prove a leap musically for the Dublin band but the release had been delayed by a year. Now some 40 years later the album has been reissued in a special edition by Ace Records. A special launch event takes place on August 30th at The Underground featuring a Q&A with Pete Holidai and a live performance of a selection of tracks from the album. Thanks to John Byrne for the recording.

David Berman R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , , on August 16, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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David Berman photo (c) Aaron Margosis

We’ve been fans of David Berman and his band Silver Jews since ‘American Water’ in 1998 but didn’t realise how lucky we were to catch them on tour in 2008 to launch ‘Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea’ (the band had previously never performed live). David subsequently called a halt to Silver Jews and all was quiet until the release earlier this year of an album by Purple Mountains. Last week however we were shocked and saddened to hear that David had died suddenly at 52. We would like to pay tribute in a small way by sharing a cover of ‘Suffering Jukebox’ by The Drays recorded at the Leeson Lounge in 2015.

The Drays – Suffering Jukebox (2015)

The Slowest Clock (1988 Liz Kershaw Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on August 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Cloudberry Records blog is an excellent resource digging out world wide indie pop tunes from yesteryear, throwing in the occasional interview for good measure. Brian Neavyn of The Slowest Clock was recently on the receiving end and an excellent interviewee he proved to be. In a wide ranging interview Brian explains how the band was formed and developed musically as the lineup evolved. He touches on the prevailing musical landscape and mentions among others Something Happens, Joe Rooney, Comet and Freebird Records, Ian Wilson and Dave Clifford. We were particularly struck by how prescient the band’s environmental awareness proved to be. As a result of the interview we contacted Brian and he was kind enough to dig out a recording of their 1988 BBC1 session for Liz Kershaw. We can’t believe that it is already 5 years since The Slowest Clock posthumously released their debut album (also a very interesting anecdote in the interview) ‘Smile Futurismo! All I Heard Was Purple‘ which if you havent heard is well worth checking out.

Where’s Andi (1988)

Desert Mouth (1988)

Rejoice The Burning (1988)

Turning Green (1988)

Thank You from Dave & fErGaL

Posted in Music with tags on June 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury would like to thank everyone for their interest and support for the A House Is Dead | I Am Still The Greatest show on Saturday. Really. Thank you. We didn’t know how this thing would go but the support has been overwhelming. Please accept this small gift of an unreleased song recorded 32 years ago for a session on the Wendy May Show on London’s Capital Radio. With the help of our good friends at Fanning Sessions here is Freak Out Alt, available to play and download for a week. Have a Few Tinnies, Cheat at Snap. Big Love,
Dave and fErGaL.

Update: Adding ‘Endless Art’ (2019) from the NCH soundcheck.

Publish and be Damned: Cork Zine Archive 1975 – 2005

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Publish and be Damned; Cork Zine Archive 1975-2005‘ is an exhibition of zines and independent magazines published in Cork from 1975 until 2005. The exhibition launches at UCC library on July 5th at 5pm with special guest Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and a DJ set from John Byrne (Quare Groove) playing Cork records from the era. The exhibition will remain open until the end of September 2019.

To mark the occasion we have compiled our own 2 hour mixtape of demos and sessions by 36 Cork artists that have featured on this site over the last 10 years.

Perfect Crime (1982 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 21, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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We recently posted an excellent tribute to Gregory Gray by Tom Robinson. Gregory recorded a session with Perfect Crime for the Dave Fanning show in 1982 and thanks to Colm Kavanagh we now have one of those tracks. If you have any of the remaining tracks, the Fanning interview or indeed copies of any Hot Press articles we’d love to hear from you. Thank you irishrock.org for the tour flier.

I Feel Like An Eskimo (1982)

Aslan – The Night Goes On (Demo)

Posted in Music on June 20, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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At the time of recording Aslan were Christy Dignam (vocals), Joe Jewell (guitar), Billy McGuinness (keyboards, harmonica & guitar), Tony McGuinness (bass) and Alan Downey (drums).

We found this on an old Fanning tape and from what we can tell it was never released. If you have any knowledge of the recording we’d love to hear from you.

A Wee Night For Uaneen (2001)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

‘A Wee Night For Uaneen’ was a tribute concert in memory of the much loved RTE 2fm broadcaster Uaneen Fitzimons who died tragically on 22nd November 2000. The show took place on Sunday 4th March 2001 in the Olympia Theatre and featured Ash, Bell X1, The Blue Nile, Paddy Casey, The Devlins, The Frames, David Kitt, Mundy, Gavin Friday, Sinead O’Connor, Relish, Sack, Snow Patrol, The Undertones and Wilt. The show was broadcast live on RTE 2fm. To mark 40 years of 2fm Dan Hegarty broadcast a some edited highlights which was the occasion of our original post. Thanks to reader Damian Reade we were able to subsequently update with a recording of the full broadcast. The show was introduced by Dave Fanning who also provided continuity on the night as did Mike Edgar, John Kelly, Jim Sheridan and Tony Fenton.

sack – the kiss i miss?
sack – tag
relish – aint no sunshine when she’s gone
relish – rainbow zephyr
prayerboat – ?
prayerboat – saved
mundy – gin & tonic sky
mundy – wait in vain (with sinead o’connor)
wilt – this one goes out (r.e.m.)
wilt – radio disco
snow patrol –
snow patrol – one night is not enough
david kitt –
david kitt –
therapy? – lonely, cryin’, only
therapy? – screamager
paddy casey – sweet suburban sky
paddy casey – whatever gets you through
deus – 2:45 am (elliot smith)
deus – instant street
ash – shining light
ash – girl from mars
the undertones – you’ve got my number
the undertones – over you
the undertones – teenage kicks
the undertones – here comes the summer
bellx1 –
bellx1 – i think i’m going back (dusty springfield)
the devlins – there is a light
the devlins – waiting (with robert bell of the blue nile)
the blue nile – easter parade
the blue nile – tomorrow morning
the blue nile – all the way
gavin friday & maurice seezer – angel
gavin friday & maurice seezer – yellow (coldplay)
gavin friday & maurice seezer – thief of your heart (with sinead o’connor)
sinead o’connor – the healing room (with mundy)
sinead o’connor – the singing bird (with mundy)
the frames, tom barman & paddy casey – little arithmetics
the frames, tom barman & paddy casey – the whole of the moon
the frames, tom barman & paddy casey – revelate
the frames, tom barman & paddy casey – star, star

Gregory Gray (Tom Robinson Tribute)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on May 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Coleraine born singer/songwriter Gregory Gray aka Mary Cigarettes died on April 25th 2019 at the age of 59. Born Paul Lerwill, Gregory started out at 19 as a guitarist in the 1970s teen group Rosetta Stone. He left the band changing his name to Gregory Gray and formed Perfect Crime who released two singles ‘Brave’ (1983) and ‘I Feel Like An Eskimo’ (1984). He then began a solo career and released three albums; ‘Think Of Swans’ (1986), ‘Strong At Broken Places’ (1990) and ‘Euroflake In Silverlake’ (1995). He later began to self release material as Mary Cigarettes. Check out his extensive writing on wordpress and music on bandcamp and YouTube. SoundCloud in particular Tom says has some late period gems.

Tom Robinson paid tribute to Gray on his BBC 6 Music radio show on 4th May 2019. Tom was joined in studio by author and lecturer Noel McLaughlin, co-author of ‘Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2‘ which features a chapter on Gray. Also appearing in the tribute are Gavin Martin who started the Alternative Ulster fanzine inspiring the Stiff Little Fingers track and producer & author Simon Napier Bell.

Perfect Crime recorded a Fanning session in 1982 and Gregory Gray was a studio guest on the Dave Fanning Show a number of times as remembered by Noel McLaughlin with one particular incident according to Ian Wilson generating some listener complaint. Also mentioned is the August 1996 Hot Press article ‘The Greatest Irish Rock Story Never Told’ by Stuart Clark.

Snowblindwaltz (1991)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Galway, Snowblindwaltz were Dave Holland (guitar & vocals), Brian Coady (bass), Pete Kelly (drums) and Michael Gallagher (vocals & guitar). They released a compilation of demos ‘Unseen and Unheard’ (1993) and an album ‘Sheer’ (1996). ‘Promises From Room 9’ (1999) was recorded but never officially released. Dave Fanning played a number of their demos. ‘Two Kinds Of Indians‘ featured on TV show ‘No Disco’ while Uaneen was at the helm. There was a reunion in 2011 with 7 tracks available on YouTube. A now defunct website can be found in the webarchive. Snowblindwaltz recorded a Fanning session but as yet we don’t know what year nor what tracks.

Iced Tiger (1991)

The Front Row – 4 part Radio Nova doc on best Irish gigs

Posted in Books, documentary, Music with tags on April 16, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Award winning producer Cathal Funge is at the helm of a new 4 part documentary on Radio Nova called ‘The Front Row’. Inspired by Niall McGuirk and Michael Murphy’s highly recommended book ‘In Concert – Favourite Gigs of Ireland’s Music Community‘ it looks at some of the best and most influential shows to have taken place on Irish soil through the eyes and ears of 12 carefully chosen music fans. The show goes out on Radio Nova Saturday evenings at 9pm and is repeated on Sunday morning at 9am. We will embed the shows here as they become available.

Episode 1 features Marcus Connaughton on Fleetwood Mac (1969), John Fisher on The Clash (1977) and promoter Pat Egan on Queen (1979). Episode 2 will feature Peter Devlin, Paul Page and Nick Curtis-Davis chatting about The Specials, Echo & The Bunnymen & Public Enemy. Episode 3 features Niall Crumlish, Canice Kenealy & Eileen Hogan on R.E.M., Primal Scream & Therapy?. Finally episode 4 features Ruth Medjber, Jenny Huston and Zara Hedderman talking about Placebo, Arctic Monkeys & Leonard Cohen.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

For The Record: Catchers ‘Mute’

Posted in Music with tags , , on April 14, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Our most recent post featured a Fanning session track from Portstewart’s Catchers and as luck would have it Dale Grundle of the band was just this week interviewed by Dan Hegarty as part of his excellent ‘For The Record’ series. Every week on his 2fm radio show Dan revisits a classic album, playing tracks throughout the week and featuring an interview with the artist on Wednesday. The collected interviews can be found on Dan’s soundcloud page. Artists to have featured include Engine Alley, Sultans of Ping, Simple Kid, Revenants, Ash, Blink, Republic of Loose, Hinterland, Humanzi, Wilt, Rollerskate Skinny, JJ72, Frank & Walters, The Pale, Favourite Sons, Pugwash, The Divine Comedy, Rare, An Emotional Fish, The 4 of Us, Junkster, Mundy and Jacknife Lee.

For The Record: Catchers

Catchers (1993 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 10, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Portstewart, Catchers were Dale Grundle (vocals/guitar), Alice Lemon (vocals/keyboards), Peter Kelly (drums), Ger FitzGerald (bass, until 1995), Craig Carpenter (bass, 1996 onwards) and Jonathan Lord (lead guitar, 1998). They released two albums on Setanta, ‘Mute’ (1994) and ‘Stooping To Fit’ (1998). In 2006, seven years after the end of Catchers, Grundle formed The Sleeping Years. To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of ‘Mute’ a remastered edition is about to be released via French label ulule. Dale will be on RTE 2fm tonight speaking to Dan Hegarty about the band and the upcoming shows. The band were the subject of a recent article in The Blackpool Sentinel. If anyone has the remaining session tracks or knows what they were we’d love to hear from you!

Beauty No 3 (1993)

The Deadly Engines (Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 6, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Deadly Engines were Paul Patrick McCartney (guitar & vocals), Joseph McCowan (bass, backing vocals), Anthony Doherty (backing vocals, noises) and Richard Rainey (drums). In 1992 they released an album ‘Entrance’ on Setanta Records. Paul PJ McCartney is also a member of Bam Bam & The Calling who have announced a show on May 4th at the Collon Bar as part of Derry Jazz Festival.

You Can’t be Lonely Forever

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A House Is Dead – NCH June 29th 2019

Posted in Music with tags , on April 4, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

They said it would never come to pass, we said it would never come to pass. Thankfully we were wrong. On June 29th Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury will reimagine ‘I Am The Greatest’ the 3rd album by A House at the National Concert Hall. We will be at the head of the virtual queue tomorrow at 10am looking for a ticket. Dave and Fergal joined Paul McLoone on TodayFM tonight to discuss this turn of events.

Adding Tom Dunne Newstalk interview..

Treehouse (1993 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 2, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Treehouse were John Rudden (drums), Mike Lyons (guitar & vocals) and Paul Rudden (bass/vocals). This 1993 demo was recorded in Elmtree studios in Cork and produced by Mick Finnegan. A formidable live act, Mark Healy of Cypress, Mine! featured as a second guitarist in the band’s final months. Apparently on one occasion they were supported at Dublin’s Rock Garden by an upcoming act called Ash. Mike Lyons was later a member of Hooky.

Foreign (1993)

Light (1993)

Eleanor (1993)

Howard (1993)

Judy’s Airwave (1993)

Hooky (1998 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 29, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Hooky at the time of this 1988 session were Mike Lyons (guitar, vocals), Bobby Lee (guitar, vocals), Roy O’Driscoll (bass, vocals) and Arty Lorigan (drums). In 1999 John John Conway who is pictured replaced Roy O’Driscoll. Toby Eaton occasionally joined on Djembe drum and Juno 6. Mike Lyons was previously in Treehouse and later in Box Camera. Toby Eaton and John John Conway were subsequently in Wiggle.

Shadow Boxing (1998)
Aeroplanes (1998)
Forever Watching (1998)
I Wear My Heart (1998)

The Radiators Plan 9 on The Mystery Train with John Kelly (2004)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Radiators From Space need no introduction. In 2004 the seminal Irish punk outfit reconvened with 2 new members for an appearance at Oxegen under the name Radiators Plan 9. A day earlier on 9th July 2004 they recorded 3 tracks live in Studio 8 and an interview for John Kelly’s Mystery Train then on RTE Radio 1. This interview and session was later broadcast with an additional track recorded at Oxegen. The Radiators Plan 9 were Philip Chevron (vocals, guitar, bass), Pete Holidai (vocals, guitar), Steve Rapid (vocals, tambourine), Cait O’Riordan (vocals, bass)and Johnny Bonnie (vocals, drums). The 40th anniversary edition of ‘Ghostown’ is due for release in July 2019. Thank you John and Martin Foyle for the cassette. The latest incarnation of the Radiators is The Trouble Pilgrims.

Wilderness Years (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 23, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Wilderness Years were Ray Williams (vocals & guitar), Phil Nea (guitar), Derek Lee (bass) and Darragh Broe (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 17/09/1985 featuring four tracks, two we have today and two further tracks ‘Original Sin’ and ‘Growing up with Winston’. We recently bumped into Derek Lee at the Microdisney reunion and he has promised to get in touch. He has featured in many bands over the years e.g. Sack, MBV, Daniel Figgis and he and Darragh were also members of Guernica. Thank you Conor & Karen Murray for doing the honours.

Don’t Change Your Mind (1985)

Never Knew How Much I Cared (1985)

Dave Fanning’s Irish Show (March 1984)

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

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Today we have a treat, a 45 minute recording of the Dave Fanning show from March 1984 courtesy the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Dave announces he is playing Irish tracks only and plays a number of sessions and even a demo we’d never previously heard from Blue In Heaven. There is one track we haven’t been able to identify so if you know your 80s Irish rock then please put us out of our misery.

u2 – surrender
max – song number 6 (session)
undertones – you’re welcome (live)
the outcasts (1981 session)
auto da fe – bad experience
some kind of wonderful – do you read my letter
pop mecanics – round & round (1984 session)
blue in heaven – say (demo)
blades – revelations of heartbreak
cuba dares (session)
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microdisney – hello rascals
gerry cott? – ballad of the lone ranger

David Long – Underground Song (2019)

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

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One of our live highlights of 2018 was undoubtedly David Long’s show at Whelan’s. One of the many standout moments of the night was a track which Dave has kindly allowed us to post today. It comes from a forthcoming album ‘In Headphones’. Recorded by David Ayers the track was produced by David Long/Adrian O’Connell/David Ayers and features artwork by Noel Farrell/David Long. We asked novelist & Into Paradise fan Ben Vendetta if he would write a few words by way of introduction..

I was thrilled to learn that Into Paradise frontman Dave Long enjoyed my novel ‘Heartworm‘, which takes place in 90s Dublin. When the book was published in 2015, Dave wrote to me, saying “It’s great. I read it last night, it brought back so many memories from that time. I’m delighted that Into Paradise are in it too!”. Last week, I received another email from Dave with a new track. He wrote, “If they ever film your book I hope this song makes it on to the soundtrack!”. Having listened to it multiple times, I’d be thrilled to have this song on a soundtrack! ‘Underground Song’ hits hard like the best of Into Paradise, a poignant ballad about someone lost on his ‘musical feet’ pining for the days of the legendary Dublin venue. Namechecking Whipping Boy’s Fearghal McKee and Jeff Brennan of The Underground, if that isn’t enough to give you the chills, just wait for the end when Dave throws in a refrain from the stunning Whipping Boy single ‘Twinkle’ – “She’s the air I breathe, not too pure for me”. I can’t wait to hear more!

Underground Song (2019)

Screech Owls – Poison River

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Screech Owls were Debbie Skhow (vocals & guitar) and Richard G. Evans (guitars). The track is a cover of a song by The Stars Of Heaven and was due to feature on kin
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The Chapter House (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on February 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Seventh Heaven (1996)

Possessed (1986)

The Perfect Crime (1986)

From Cork, The Chapter House were Ann Redmond (vocals), Paul Moore (drums) and Skully (keyboards). Anne Redmond was previously in Porcelyn Tears while Skully was in Real Mayonnaize. Skully later formed Metisse who recorded an as yet unlocated Fanning session. This session was recorded on April 14th 1986. Thank you to Nick and Joe for digging it out.

VOX Anthology 80-83

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 21, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Founded by Dave Clifford in 1980, Vox was a seminal early-eighties Dublin magazine featuring avant-garde art, post-punk music and youth subcultures. Hi Tone Books has just published an anthology featuring facsimiles of all fifteen issues published between 1980 and 1983. Vox 80-83 is a 416 page volume which also includes additional insights, reflections and academic analysis from Stan Erraught, John Byrne and Orla Fitzpatrick, Steve Averill, Michael Murphy, Paul Cleary, Cathal Coughlan, Eoin Freeney, Helen Fitgerald, Sean O’Hagan, Roger Doyle, Elvera Butler and Gareth Ryan. There are also interviews with Dave Clifford, Stano and Con O’Laoghaire. The 300 copies printed have all but sold out so if you’d like get your hands on a copy we recommend moving fast, we found our copy at the Gallery Of Photography. John Fleming has an extensive piece in today’s Irish Times; ‘Dark dispatches from Dublin’s post-punk scene‘ which features the following playlist.

Davy Dunne & The Boyband Three (2001 Session)

Posted in Fanning, session with tags on February 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Davy Dunne & The Boyband Three were Davy Dunne (vocals, guitar), Martin Quinn (guitar), James Quinn (keyboards), Derek Finnegan (bass) and Andrew Quinn (drums). They recorded this 2fm session for Dave Fanning on Sep 10th and 11th 2001. Davy also recorded a session with The McCluskey’s if anyone has a copy.

My Hurting Ways (2001)

Bitter Hole (2001)

Talkin Bout A Doobie (2001)

I’m Just Not Myself Today (2001)

Act Of Love

Posted in Music with tags on January 31, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

Act Of Love were Mark Nixon (guitar & vocals), Dave McGinley (guitar), Ed Kelly (bass) and Dáithí Ó’Cléirigh (drums). This particular track was recorded with two others including ‘This Is Not A Love Song’. There was a further recording session in Ringsend for a single release of ‘Heartache In Blue’ with Chris O’Brien which we understand never saw the light of day. If you have any further details or indeed recordings or photographs of the band we’d love to hear from you. Dáithí Ó’Cléirigh was also a member of Bird with Shelley Bukspan. Dave McGinley also performed with In Tua Nua and Precious Stones.

Burn Your Bridges

Music Love Drugs War – Geraldine Quigley

Posted in Books, Music with tags , on January 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but ever since we saw Geraldine Quigley‘s debut novel we been hooked. Geraldine spoke to Sean Rocks for RTÉ Arena last week to shed some light on the book and how it came to be. Set in 1981 it’s a coming of age tale where the young protagonists do their best to ignore the Troubles and do what teenagers do best – listen to music and go to the pub. Those of you with access to Spotify might also enjoy Geraldine’s accompanying playlist .

RTÉ Arena Interview (2018)

Cork and The Arcadia (RTÉ TV Documentary 2017)

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , on January 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Mean Features (c) Ciarán Ó Tuama

On July 20th 2017 RTÉ One broadcast the documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ looking at the role the Cork music venue played in the career of a nascent U2. In typical ‘No Disco’ guerilla fashion however the 24 minute documentary managed to cover a whole lot more. Other acts to feature include Mean Features, Nun Attax, Microdisney, The Specials and UB40. Among the interviewees were driving force behind the Downtown Kampus, UCC Entertainments Officer Elvera Butler (Reekus Records), Giordaí Ua Laoghaire (Nun Attax/Microdisney/Nine Wassies From Bainne), Úna Ní Chanainn (Five Go Down to the Sea?/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Liam Heffernan  (Mean Features) and Ciarán Ó Tuama (Cypress, Mine). For further background check out Colm O’Callaghan’s excellent essay for The Blackpool Sentinel subsequently reposted by RTE as ‘U2’s Arcadian Dream – how one Cork music venue changed music forever‘.

Thee Amazing Colossal Men (Live in Studio)

Posted in Music with tags on January 19, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Thee Amazing Colossal Men were Joey Barry (vocals), Garret Lee (guitar & vocals), John Sullivan / Sid Rainey (bass), Paul O’Brien (drums) and Declan O’Sullivan (keyboards). We suspect these two tracks were recorded when they dropped in to Dave Fanning at 2fm on the release of their album ‘Totale’ but are open to correction.

Harbour Town (1990)

The Would Be’s (1989 Session)

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

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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)

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2018 in review

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

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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

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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

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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 McCurtin, 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 (DJ Fork), Lulu Heckett, The Assassin, GMC, Mickey Gatch and Brossie.



No More Fab Fifty?

Posted in Music with tags on December 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Fans of Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 were disappointed to learn that there will be no 2018 edition of the annual rundown of listeners favourite 3 tracks of all time (or in latter years their favourite tracks of this millenium). In order to preserve this Christmas tradition we decided to pull out the stops and hereby present the 2013 edition in it’s entirety. If you like spoilers, the rundown can be found on our Fab Fifty index. If you happen to remember the tracklist of any missing years we’d love to hear from you.

Oliver Brothers Incorporated (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 17, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Drogheda Co. Louth, Oliver Brothers Incorporated were brothers Mark (Marc?) (vocals, acoustic guitar & harmonica) and Jeremy Oliver (lead guitar & vocals), Niall Gately (bass & keyboards) and John May (drums). This track ‘Anything’ recorded from the Dave Fanning show was released as a single on Zircon in 1985. Jeremy Oliver passed away in December 2004.

Anything (1985)

Phil Lynott: 36 Years Of ‘Old Town’ (2018)

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , , , on December 13, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Christmas issue of the RTÉ Guide usually throws up a surprise or two and this year is no exception. On Sunday December 30th at 7.30pm, RTÉ One will broadcast a brand new documentary on the making of Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town’ video.

In 1982 Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman, released his second solo album ‘The Philip Lynott Album’. From this album came the single ‘Old Town’ and the music video depicting Lynott at various locations around Dublin city. From the Ha’penny Bridge to a stroll down Grafton Street and a pint in The Long Hall pub on South Great George’s Street and ending at the Ringsend Pier. The song was co-written by Lynott and Scottish musician Jimmy Bain.

In the days before music videos were commonplace, the video for ‘Old Town’ was produced by Dave Heffernan for RTÉ programme ‘Anything Goes’. The video was directed by Gerry Greg and was first broadcast on ‘Anything Goes’ on 30 October 1982.

‘Anything Goes’ was a young people’s programme on RTÉ Television. The programme was first broadcast on 4 October 1980 and continued for 6 years. The programme was produced and directed by Bob Collins.

RTÉ Archives: Phil Lynott’s Dublin

Directed by Brian Reddin of Dearg Films (you may remember Brian as presenter of ‘The Last Picture Show‘), the 30 minute doc is a behind the scenes look at how the video was made and who was involved. It features Eric Bell, Jim Lockhart, Philomena Lynnot, Brush Shiels, Fiachra Trench, Fachtna O Ceallaigh, Aonghus McAnally, Brush Shiels and Alison O Donnell from Mellow Candle amongst others.

Brian Reddin on RTE Arena

Documentary now on YouTube..

David Long solo acoustic show Whelan’s 19th December

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 11, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Former Into Paradise frontman David Long shows no sign of halting his prodigious musical output but he does make an all too rare return to the live scene tomorrow week for a solo acoustic show in Whelan’s. We have no idea if he will revisit the back catalog of the much loved band but were he to do so it might sound like this.

Let Evening Bring Them Home: The Story of the Jubilee Allstars

Posted in Music, Peel, radio, session with tags , on December 1, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve been taking a trip down memory lane for reasons to be explained at a later date but we rediscovered this hour long documentary featured as part of the excellent Great Irish Bands series over on Dublin Opinion. Hats off to the producers, we would love something similar on any number of bands, The Stars Of Heaven anyone?

Jubilee Allstars were Niall McCormack (vocals & guitar), Barry McCormack (vocals & guitar), Fergus McCormack (vocals & bass) and Lee Casey (drums). They recorded this session for John Peel on Jan 11th 1987.

The Stars Of Heaven (1984 Session – final two tracks)

Posted in Music with tags on November 28, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Stars Of Heaven need no introduction. Stephen Ryan (vocals, guitar), Stan Erraught (guitar), Peter O’Sullivan (bass), and Bernard Walsh (drums) had many fans, John Peel and Dave Fanning at the top of that list. Today, prompted by a conversation with Ken Sweeney, we have the two missing tracks from their 1984 Fanning session. The other tracks were ‘Clothes Of Pride‘ (later released as their first single) and ‘El Dorado‘. Stephen is busy with The Drays and Dinah Brand who have just released a new track ‘Rotunda Boy’. A big shout out once again to Thomas Erbsloh who’s diligent taping preservred these two nuggets.

Little Fingers (1984)
Small Life (1984)

Wilder – Babel Road (1990)

Posted in Music with tags on November 23, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Wilder were Dez Foley (vocals), Richard McDermott (guitar), Stephen Owens (keyboards), Bill Crawford (bass) and Frank McGrath (drums). This single, recorded with Paul Byrne and Martin Clancy of In Tua Nua, was released in 1990 on Oedipus Records. Dez was later in The Sewing Room and Crumb.

Babel Road (1990)

‘The Curious Works of Roger Doyle’ (2018)

Posted in Music with tags , on November 15, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We recently had the pleasure of attending a screening of Brian Lally‘s documentary about the life and work of composer Roger Doyle. The film was preceeded by a 10 minute performance by Roger accompanying himself on film performing ‘Wassane’ in Beijing in 2012. The documentary was followed by host Don O’Mahony‘s Q&A with Roger and Brian. ‘The Curious Works of Roger Doyle’ takes the viewer through Roger’s career from his studies to the formation of the band Operating Theatre and his soundtrack work on Bob Quinn’s ‘Budawanny‘ and Cathal Black’s ‘Pigs‘ and features interviews with among others, both directors.  The doc also features a number of items from the RTE Archives including excerpts from a Bob Quinn TV documentary looking at a day in the life of Roger Doyle. One impressive segment was a performance of ‘Coat-Hanger Kisses‘ featuring a virtuoso answering machine message from Jonathan Philman-Bowman. The documentary shows Roger posting off CDs from his extensive back catalogue which we note includes a number of original copies of an Operating Theatre single on Mother Records. On a related note, Roger was a recent guest on John Kelly’s ‘Mystery Train‘ where Roger spoke to John and chose the music.

The Dry Season (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on November 7, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Yesterday’s annual tweet in the direction of RTE Archives pleading for an updated list of sessions and dates threw up a few responses (although not the desired holy grail). The Dry Season recorded a session for Dave Fanning in March 1990. Whilst we did not initially find their session we did manage to uncover a couple of demos Dave played on his show. From Dublin, The Dry Season were Paul Gaffney (guitar, vocals), Paul Harper (bass), Gavan Duffy (drums, vocals) and  John Cantillon (hammond organ, guitar).

Dominion

Through Your Eyes

Jason

The World Inside Your Mind

Crumb (2005 Interview & Session)

Posted in Music on November 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

crumb

Crumb were Derrick Dalton (guitars, vocals), Eamonn Davis (bass) and Dez Foley (drums, vocals). Fiachra McCarthy later replaced Eamonn on bass. In February 2005 shortly before the release of their debut album Crumb were guests of Jimmy Murphy on his Dublin South FM show ‘Local Beats’. They were interviewed and played a number of tracks. Thanks to Dez for digging out this recording.

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This Certain Kind

Posted in Music with tags , on October 30, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

this certain kind

On Sunday morning last Dave Fanning spoke to Anthony Cully of This Certain Kind. 20 years after the band broke up and thanks to some demos posted on YouTube the band are now set to feature on the latest compilation release by German label Firestation Records ‘The Sound Of Leamington Spa Volume 9‘. The CD & vinyl versions features the track ‘Unfortunate’ whilst a second tune ‘Make Your Heart Bleed’ appears as a bonus hidden track on the double vinyl version. There is talk of a full album release on Firestation Records so stay tuned.

This Certain Kind were formed in Tallaght in 1987 by Anthony Cully (vocals) and Lee Gartland (bass). Anthony and Lee were soon joined by Mark Comerford (guitar), John Lowery (guitar), Alan Kiloran (keyboards) and Keith Gantley (drums). In March 1988 the band recorded their first demo ‘Inspire’ in Christ Church Studios, with Mark Sherlock now on bass duties. By 1991 Anthony and Mark were joined by Des Connaughton (guitar) and John Short (drums).

The Kathleens (1996 Demo)

Posted in demo, Music with tags , on October 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

From Galway, The Kathleens were Raymond Butler (vocals and rhythm guitar), Fergal McDonogh (lead guitars and backing vocals), Barry Wallace (bass) and Derek Naughton (drums). These tracks turned up on an intriguing cassette from the Pat O’Mahony collection. The first two tracks on the tape were from a very different act musically called Ill Dependents. Following some inquiries, Stevie G tipped us off that the link was producer Pat Neary. Both these bands recorded Fanning sessions but we believe the tape contains demos.

Hugh Tynan for cluas.com chose the unreleased debut album by The Kathleens as one of his top 5 Irish albums of all time:

Still spoken of in hushed tones in their hometown of Galway, The Kathleens were probably the greatest lost Irish band ever. With regular demos on Dave Fanning’s definitive radio show and a track record of blistering gigs, the band recorded a flawless studio masterpiece in All The Other Plans, its track-list cherry-picked from an enviable catalogue of gems dating back years. To make comparisons would be to trivialise, but it’s safe to say that the band came from the perfectionist school of ambitious pop songwriting, comfortable in the company of Costello, the Go-Betweens or the Pixies, but as purely focused and creatively accomplished as The Beatles. Anyone who ever heard My Weakness raise the roof in Monroe’s Tavern is still mourning the fact that The Kathleens broke up before their genius could be fully unveiled in this album. Life is unfair.

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Artwork for the unreleased debut album by Kellie Strøm.

We got in touch with Raymond and exchanged a few emails one of which included the following band history written in 2007 which he kindly gave us permission to share.

The Kathleens formed in late 1989, under the name of, wait for it, Harvey Foot and the Privilege. That was mine. We played one gig, our first, under that name in a festival organised by Niall Rivers. We very swiftly became The Walkers (for about one Bish disco gig, I think) and then settled on The Kathleens. The line up was Fergal McDonogh on lead guitar and backing vocals, Eoin O’Donnell on bass, Derek Naughton on drums, and myself on vocals and rhythm-ish guitar. (The name came from the sleeve of Tom Waits’ album, Frank’s Wild Years. It was the way his wife, Kathleen Brennan’s name looked in the particular font that appealed to me)

We recorded our first demo with Pat Neary at West One in late 90 and submitted it to the Rock Show, where it was played a couple of times, to our immense delight. There followed some rag week gigs, and a Monroe’s residency at some point, all of which we enjoyed. This pattern – a demo, a smattering of gigs, writing songs, practising – continued up until about until 94, I think, when Eoin left the band. As you can probably already see, we were fairly directionless, and hardly ‘driven’ by any widely accepted definition of the word, so his departure was enough to finish us, more or less. We did poke around for another bass player for a while, but nothing came of it and we eventually called it a day. I have no memory at all of exactly when or where, so we can assume it was undramatic. (For the record, Eoin had always said he wasn’t in for the long haul, so you’d think we’d have somehow prepared for this eventuality. As if!)

To quote the Simpsons, “then, for a long time, nothing happened”

Not to me, anyway, so somewhere in early 95, I think, when Fergal McDonogh told us he had a bass player for us, we had a practise or two with Barry Wallace, and immediately reformed. For most of that year, this new lineup performed mainly in Roisin Dubh, recorded a demo maybe, had a now-hilarious argument about potential royalties, and split up. (Nary a song was widely known, never mind sold, at this stage). Even more hilariously, two days later the word came through that Pat Neary, he of West One, had formed a label and wanted to sign us. We immediately reformed.

We continued to gig sporadically, and began to record our album sometime in Spring 96. Somewhere along the way, in what was perhaps the peak of our fame, Pat managed to get us a Rock Show session, which entailed a grand day out to Donnybrook, enjoyed by all. The album was more or less done by the end of the summer, I think, by which time relations in the band had, sadly, deteriorated considerably. For most of the existence of the second lineup, Fergal, Derek and Barry had also been in an increasingly in-demand (and excellent) ska covers band, Full Trousers. By the end of summer 96, I felt that this was impeding the The Kathleens’ chances of even minor success, and decided I had no choice but to leave.

I should emphasise at this point how major a figure Pat Neary was. He was always incredibly supportive of us, and of me as a songwriter, and I sincerely doubt I’d have carried on as long without his relentless, largely thankless championing. I imagine you’ll come across many such tributes if you’re talking to Galway bands from around then.

There is no Kathleens material out there, I’m afraid. While the album was pretty much completed, there were obvious difficulties for the label in putting it out posthumously, and I didn’t have the gumption to find another band fast enough (see Eoin leaving, above) even if that had been an acceptable solution all around. So it’s on a shelf somewhere, which could very well be for the best.

Barry, Derek and Fergal continued on in Full Trousers for quite a while after that, I think, and in various other bands, with all of them pretty much making a living from playing. Pat Neary didn’t give up on me, and about two years later presided over the Waking Dream EP, supplying me with musicians and a demon engineer/producer by the name of Paul Brennan. This, too, remains unreleased, and the only DJ that played it on the radio died in a car crash days after airing it. Ill-fated it may have been, but it’s by far and away the best thing I’ve ever been involved in recording, mostly due to extremely attentive performances of the musicians involved, and the tireless, unpaid work of Paul Brennan, who whipped some good vocals out of me.

A couple of years later, I moved to London, took up playing again under the name of John Dog (I like dogs) and still do an open mic every now and then.

I’m sure there’s all kinds of inaccuracies and misremembering going on in the above, but there it is.”

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