Ian Dury – Dave Fanning Interview (1981)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags on September 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Shortly after Ian Dury’s death in 2000 following a long illness, Dave Fanning paid tribute by broadcasting a 31st July 1981 interview with the singer-songwriter. Thank you John for digging out the recording.

Ian Dury Interview (1981)


Operating Theatre (1981 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 12, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


While preparing this Roger Doyle interview we spotted an unshared Fanning session track. It features on the double CD retrospective ‘Operating Theatre – The Early Years‘ and in lists Operating Theatre as Roger Doyle (vocals and piano) and Tom Mathews (words). The track was recorded by Paddy Gilsenan for the Dave Fanning Show in September 1981. Another Fanning session track ‘Rampwalk‘ featured on the 2012 Darren McCreesh compilation ‘Strange Passion‘. The date on that track is listed as 1982 so is possibly from a different session.

Sir Geoffrey (1981)

Roger Doyle (2016 Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 12, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

roger-doyle-on-dave-fanningRoger Doyle, renowned composer and founding member of Operating Theatre was interviewed by Dave Fanning on his 2fm show on Sunday 11th September. One of Roger’s early compositions ‘Four Sketches’ will be performed as part of the ‘Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland 1916-2016‘ series in the National Concert Hall next Friday evening.  The concert ‘Visions of Irish Modernism‘ is part of the Culture Night celebrations and is free  but tickets are limited so booking is advisable.

The interview is well worth checking out but in our opinion could have been considerably longer and included a selection of Roger’s music which to be fair Dave played regularly on his show at least in the 80s while we listened.

Roger Doyle (2016)

The Sewing Room (1996 Peel Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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To celebrate John Peel’s birthday we recently shared some old posts on facebook and twitter and that prompted one reader to enquire about The Sewing Room. We did some digging and now thanks to Eamonn Davis of the band we have their 1996 session for John Peel. The Sewing Room were Stan Erraught (guitar & vocals), Eamonn Davis (guitar & vocals), Colm Fitzpatrick (bass & vocals) and Dez Foley (drums & vocals). Stan was of course previously a member of The Stars Of Heaven, Eamonn and Colm were in Hey Paulette while Dez was in Wilder and Crumb. For more background on The Sewing Room check out the excellent post by Stephen Rennicks on his ‘Abstract Analogue’ site. PS If anyone has a recording of the as yet unlocated RTE Dave Fanning session please get in touch..

Rope (1996)

Ghost (1996)

Borderline Vice (1996)

Slide (1996)

Peter Buck – Dave Fanning Interview (1991)

Posted in interview with tags , on August 31, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since R.E.M released ‘Out Of Time‘. Here’s a short telephone interview Dave Fanning did with Peter Buck a week before the album came out. Thanks to Michael for digging out this tape.

Peter Buck (1991)

Premonition (1988 Session)

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

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From Dublin, Premonition were John Brennan (guitar, vocals), Kevin Morris (guitar, mandolin), Kieran Eaton (bass) and Gerard Eaton (drums).

Clutching At Straws

China Garden / Still Unlucky / Now I Know

The Believers (Cork Rock 1990)

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

The recent demo from The Boy The Boy generated some nice feedback which is encouraging, it’s nice to know folks are listening.. Greg on facebook asked if we had anything by The Believers so a rumble through the tape archive was called for..

The Believers were a post Light A Big Fire project of Ken Duffy (vocals), Pat Diskin (bass), Pete Dench (guitar) and Gary Sullivan (drums). They recorded a Fanning session in 1989 which we have not yet located. We do however have one track recorded live at Cork Rock 1990.

Burning Up (1990)