The Gorehounds – Ruby

Posted in Music with tags on July 14, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Received a request for this track so we pulled out all the stops! Apparently The Gorehounds also appeared on RTE’s youth show Borderline performing this track but that’s another matter.. Thank you for the use of the images. The Gorehounds were Brian MacGabhann (vocals), Colm O’Kelly (guitar), Alan Taafe (bass), Brian O’Kelly (drums) and Gerry O’Boyle (drums). Yup not a mistake – two drummers!


Ruby (1987)

Richard III

Posted in Music with tags , on July 13, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


RICHARD III were a thrash metal band from Cavan active in the early 1990’s. They released two demos ‘Drunken Wisdom’ and ‘Feel No Pain’ and recorded one Fanning session. They also made a video which featured on the RTE/2fm Beatbox. The band was Séamus Hughes (vocals), Mickey McDonnell (guitar), Fintan McCaffrey (guitar), Gary Higgins (drums) and Glen Gardiner (bass). Rodney Lancashire (guitar) featured in an earlier lineup. A big thank you to the excellent Irish Metal Archive for the band photo and bio. If you have any further details on the track or the band please leave a comment.

State Of Insanity

The Mountain Climbers (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 11, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Recorded on October 13th 1986, we have today two of the four session tracks recorded by Dublin band The Mountain Climbers. The band were formed by Tom O’Brien (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foley (bass) – yes he of The Blades and The Vipers, Dave Sweeney (guitar), Robbie Kelly (drums) and Padraig McCaul from The Harvest Ministers (saxophone). The missing session tracks are ‘Across The Great Divide’ and ‘The Night Watch Man’.

The Mountain Climbers Love Song (1986)

No Cause To Celebrate (1986)

Glen Hansard – Daughter Of The Day (1990)

Posted in Music with tags on July 10, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

glen hansard - daughter of the day

To celebrate their 25th anniversary and upcoming Marquee Cork show we had a rummage through the tapes and dug out what we thought might be a track from an early Fanning session by The Frames. Thanks to a photo posted on the band facebook page by Marc McDonald it seems that is actually a track from a 1990 tape by Glen Hansard. The band on the recording are listed as Glen Hansard (vocals & guitar), Dec Jones (bass), Dave Clarke (drums, claps & tambourine), Darragh O’Neill (blues guitar on Golden Gates), Noreen O’Donnell (other vocals) and Pat Dunne (hammond organ & piano).

Martha (1990)

Without The (1984 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on July 2, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

without the

It’s been a while since Without The featured so we’re sure you won’t mind hearing from them again. This one is hot off the press from hopefully a rich new source of lost tracks.

Peig (1984)

The Drays (2015 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 1, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

The Stars Of Heaven‘s Stephen Ryan is back with a new band and a new album ‘Look Away Down Collins Avenue’. The Drays were on RTE Radio 1 John Murray show today and played 2 songs live in studio. Earlier in the week Stephen was on the Tom Dunne Newtalk show for a lengthy interview and we’ve added that for you’re listening pleasure.

the drays john murray show

John Murray session (2015)

Tom Dunne interview (2015)

Intoxicating Rhythm Section

Posted in Music with tags on June 23, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

Details are a little sketchy but hopefully will be able to correct soon. From Athy, Co Kildare Intoxicating Rhythm Section were Mick O’Rourke (guitar), Colm Walsh (accordion) both later in The Practical Householders, also Steven Mangan (vocals), later in Just A Philistine and Robbie Robinson (drums) ex No Sweat. We believe John Byrne and Sean McMahon were also members, others will be added as we identify them.. Nin Thew, Derville O Sullivan and Jackie Kelly performed backing vocals for ‘Hello’.

Union Smash



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