Trenchtown (1990 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 13, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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From Drogheda, Trenchtown were David Leslie (vocals, guitar), Robbie Caffrey (bass, vocals), Barry Leahy (guitar, vocals), Thierry Millet (saxaphone) and Dave O’Neill (drums). They recorded this session on June 11th 1990, the day Ireland played England in the World Cup which explains why the session was recorded in 2 takes. Ian Wilson produced and during the mixing received a call from a band called The Saw Doctors looking for a session. We also have a compilation of Cork Rocks 1990 featuring two live tracks from the band. Dave’s intros are confusing because he gets 2 of the track titles wrong. Thanks to Robbie for digging out the recording, photos and bio and Dave for the date correction.

Moving Target (1990)

Hitman (1990)

Money (1990)

New York Dancing Trees (1990)

The Hooks (2002 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 7, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Sligo, The Hooks were Keith Mulligan (guitar/vocals), Ronan Mulligan (guitar/vocals), Colin Delaney (drums), Willie Gregory (bass). The band is now San Francisco based with Chet Hamby (bass) replacing Willie Gregory but still going strong.

Natasha Twist (2002)

Eva Dallas (1998 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 6, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Dublin and featuring ex members of The Cherry Brogues, Puppy Love Bomb, Candy Apple Red, Eva Dallas were  Joe Rodgers (drums), Alan Cullivan (bass),  Liam Beesley  (guitar) and Adam Smith (vocals & guitar).If anyone has the third session track or a bigger photo of the band please get in touch. Joe Rodgers is currently active with The Rockets.

Site Update:

Whilst on the subject of getting in touch, a quick note.. this site is a solo operation but would have become dormant a long time ago were it not for the generous contributions of many readers who have offered words of encouragement, dug out cassettes, VHS tapes, MP3s, old copies of Hot Press etc. If you have been in touch and I have not responded or have not yet posted something you were kind enough to submit please do remind me as things sometimes get hectic round here with matters non musical and advancing years.

Fortunate Resigned (1998)

Avec Le Vent (1998)

Midwich Cuckoos (1987 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 29, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

From Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, the Midwich Cuckoos were Marty McElroy (bass and vocals), Frank McGirr & David Meade. Marty was previously in a 2 piece called Verbal Shark Stampede with Alec McGinley (guitar) and a drum machine. They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1987. Thank you Daithi for the band details and Irene for the correction.

Smell Of Petrol (1987)

Image Impression (1987)

Sold Religion (1987)

Birthday Cracker (1987)

Henry McCullough R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags on June 15, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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20 years after they performed together in Sweeney’s Men, Johnny Moynihan (vocals, bouzouki, fiddle, tin whistle) , Terry Woods (vocals, banjo, guitar) and Henry McCullough (guitar) reconvened in the RTE Studios for a very special edition of the BP Fallon Orchestra.

Henry McCullough on the BPFO

The Cherry Brogues (1992 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on June 10, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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A recent piece on the Cloudberry Records site reminded us of The Cherry Brogues and our failed attempt to track down their Fanning Session. We did some more digging and are delighted to present 3 further tracks from that 1992 session. The 5th and final track, a cover of The Blades ‘Hot For You’ has yet to be located.Keep an eye on the Cloudberry site, we hear an interview may be in the works..

Just Like Saturday (1992)

Not Unlike Michigan (1992)

Numbers In Your Heart (1992)

Options 123 (1992)

The Joys (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on May 26, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Featuring former members of Gavin Is God and 1948ish, The Joys were Deirdre O’Neill (vocals), Graham Darcy (bass), Anthony Darcy (drums), Pat Murphy (guitar) and Aidan Lane (guitar). After some lineup changes The Joys went on to become Junkster.

Cheshire Cat (1990)

Crush (1990)

Snakehouse (1990)

Vicious (1990)


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