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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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. If anyone has more detail on the band lineup and their achievements please get in touch. Thanks to Thomas Erbsloh for the flexi. Paul PJ McCartney informs us that Robert McGlone, Brendan Morrison and Mary Mulrine all featured in the band. Robert is currently active with Jam Pact.

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Twix Rocks – Into ’91 With Fanning’s Choice

Posted in Music 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)