The Harvest Ministers (1987 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on April 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

harvest ministers 1990

From Dublin The Harvest Ministers were formed in 1987 by William Merriman (guitar) and David Duffy (vocals, harmonica).  They later recruited Padraig McCaul (guitar, piano, saxaphone) and Gerardette Bailey (vocals). Aingeala de Burca (violin) ex In Tua Nua, Brian Foley (bass) ex Vipers, Blades, Mountain Climbers and Pat Dillon (drums) were soon added to the lineup. William took over on vocal duties and albums ensued.The band is still very much active and are currently working on a new album. Check out this 2014 interview by Niall Crumlish on state.ie.

Carriage of Villains / Railroaded / Crazy Mary Lou (1987)

Flex & The Fastweather – Little Pieces

Posted in Music with tags on April 14, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

flex & fastweather

Sad news from Cork in the last couple of days, Mandy Murphy singer with Flex & The Fastweather has passed away. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

.”I will never forget those occasions when we sang together….her beautiful haunting voice” Christy Moore

Flex & The Fastweather – Little Pieces (1986)

Crumb (2005 Session)

Posted in dan hegarty, Music with tags on April 7, 2016 by Fanning Sessions
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From Dublin, Crumb were Derrick Dalton (guitars, vocals), Eamonn Davis (bass) and Dez Foley (drums, vocals). Derrick was previously a member of The Skips,  Hey Paulette and Mexican Pets. Eamonn was also a member of Hey Paulette and after a couple of years left to be replaced by Fiachra McCarthy (House of Mexico, Pantone 247, The Run Ons). Dez Foley released an album in 2015 with Acton Bell and is also honorary member of The Drays. Crumb released an album ‘Evenings & Weekends‘ (2005) and this session was recorded shortly afterwards for the Dan Hegarty show on RTE 2fm.

Like Goodbye / Gregor’s Girl / My Last Chance (2005)

Mickey Bradley – Tom Dunne Interview

Posted in interview, radio with tags on March 30, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

michael bradley book

We’ve long been fans of Mickey Bradley both as musician and DJ so when we heard he had written a memoir we were head of the queue. The book is a great read although despite all the humour we found it a little sad. ‘Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone’ by Michael Bradley is published by Omnibus Press. The Irish Times has an extract here. Mickey was recently interviewed by Tom Dunne on his Newstalk show. The Mickey Bradley Record Show is broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster every Tuesday 8-10pm

Mickey Bradley – Tom Dunne interview (2016)

The Skips (1989 Session – Part 2)

Posted in Music with tags on March 22, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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We’re on a bit of a Derrick Dalton thing at the minute thanks to Ken Sweeney & Tom Dunne’s Irish jangle show (Crumb session in the works).  The Skips were Amanda Claxton (vocals), Derrick Dalton (guitar), Pete Corrigan (bass) and Darren Nolan (drums). This is the remainder of their 1989 Fanning session we posted the first half of here. Thanks to Paul for digging this out.

Scream From Within (1989)

Forever Free (1989)

 

Darren & Amanda are currently busy with The Little Beauties and have just released an album ‘A Rude Awakening’.

Power Of Dreams (Cork Rocks 1990)

Posted in Music with tags on March 21, 2016 by Fanning Sessions
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Power Of Dreams (C) Peter Anderson

Apparently we promised to dig this out but promptly forgot. Power Of Dreams recorded live at Sir Henrys as part of the 1990 Cork Rocks event and broadcast on RTE Radio2 by Dave Fanning. Thanks to Pete for this recording.

Cork Rocks (1990)

01 Where Is The Love
02 Cancer
03 Never Been To Texas
04 American Dream
05 Maire I Don’t Love You
06 100 Ways To Kill A Love
07 The Jokes On Me
08 A Day In The Life
09 You Bring Me Flowers
10 You Make Me Feel
11 Never Told You
12 Break On Through

Eileen Gogan & The Instructions

Posted in Music with tags on March 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

eileen gogan

Eileen Gogan is no stranger round these parts.. she has in the past sung with some of our favourite bands – The Would Be’s, The Revenants and The Drays. Now Eileen has released her first album of self penned material ‘The Spirit of Oberlin’. Next Thursday sees the official launch in The Grand Social. Admission is €10 and includes a free copy of the album. Not to be missed!

A heady blend of The Byrds and Teenage Fanclub with hints of Blue Oyster Cult
Colm O’Hare (Hot Press)

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