Bohinta (1993 Session)

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


Bohinta were (from what we can tell) at the time of this 1993 Dave Fanning session – Martin Furey (vocals, guitar, whistles, pipes), Aine Furey (vocals, bodhran), Robin Hurt (guitars, mandolin), Greig Stewart (bass), Dave McCleod (bass), Roy ? (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


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

Radiators - Ghostown reissue event

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

slowest clock 1988

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)