The Dadas (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on June 24, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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The Dadas were Andy Fitzpatrick (vocals, guitar), Gráinne Tiernan (backing vocals), Maelíosa Tiernan (backing vocals), Brian O’Connor (keyboards), Dan Stuttard (bass) and Ciarán Lally (drums). Andy Fitzpatrick is a long-standing member of The Harvest Ministers as well performing as a solo artist. As luck would have it both acts have just released new albums, Andy’s is ‘Antoinette Plaza‘ whilst The Harvest Ministers have released ‘Back to Harbour‘. Watch The Dadas perform ‘Skyscrapers’ here.

Dandruff

Early Days

Good To Be Happy

Mercy Mercy

Tiberius Minnows (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on June 15, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Formed June 1997 in Belfast, Tiberius Minnows were Michael Rafferty (vocals), Paul Maynes (guitar), Kevin Carson (bass), Barry Corr (keyboards) and Stephen O’Sullivan (drums).  The band reconvened as The Minnows a number of years ago and are currently putting the finishing touch to their debut album. If anyone knows the year of this Fanning session please set us straight..

A Song Called Love

Elephant Man

New York City

Roonkin

Alice Springs (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 5, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

alice springs

From Dublin, Alice Springs were Eamonn McGowran (vocals), Paul Rogers, (guitar), Kieran Butler (bass) and Justin Healy (drums). Justin would later feature in The Forget Me Nots, The Golden Horde, Interference, LiR, The 4 Of Us, Glee Club and The Late Late Show House band! They released a number of demos from which we have further tracks that featured on the Dave Fanning show but today we feature 3 tracks from the 1988 Fanning session.

Lady of the Long Lawns

Carnival

Swings and Roundabouts

Bruce Wayne Experience (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on May 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Today’s post was inspired by the Cloudberry Records blog, a site dedicated to digging out indiepop new and old, unearthing quite a few gems from bands close to our hearts. Roque specialises in forensic research on occasion following up with interviews, e.g. Sean A McDermott of Mickey Rourke’s Fridge. Many of the Irish bands featured have appeared here but others like the Bruce Wayne Experience prompted a visit to the attic.

The Bruce Wayne Experience were a 5 piece active from 1988 – 1991. The lineup was David O’Connor (vocals), Steve O’Connor (guitar), Steve Connaughton (bass), David Houlihan (keyboards) and Woppy (drums).

I Only Wish

Better Left Unsaid

If Only

Irish bands featured on the Cloudberry Records blog – please let us know if we’ve missed any.

Bruce Wayne Experience
Cherry Brogues
Cliff Edge Panic
Cuba Dares
Cypress Mine!
Donnelly Brothers
Empty Shell
Feargal is the Applejack
Guernica
Hasbeens
Holsteins
Outpatients
Premonition
Red Circus
Rex and Dino
Scale the Heights
Shocking Stockings
Skips
Sleepwalkers
Wrong Door Raid

Green Sleeves – The Irish Printed Record Cover 1955-2017

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 14, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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The National Print Museum at the Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin 4 is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Green Sleeves‘ which looks at the Irish record cover from 1955 to the present day. Curated by Dr Ciarán Swan and Niall McCormack (Jubilee Allstars and hitone.ie) the exhibition runs until 1 October 2017 and admission is free. The two curators were interviewed by Dave Fanning on Sunday May 14th and the good news is that a catalog including essays and artwork is in the pipeline. Thank you John Foyle for the photo.

Special curator tours of the exhibition will take place on the following dates:

Saturday 13 May, 14.30
Saturday 27 May, 14.30
Saturday 10 June, 14.30
Saturday 24 June, 14.30

Places for the guided tours are limited so booking at education@nationalprintmuseum.ie is essential.

Dr Ciarán Swan and Niall McCormack (2017)

Live at the Underground (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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We have been searching high and low for a digital copy of this 1985 compilation recorded at the famed Dublin institution ‘The Underground’. 32 years after the album was released Ken has come to the rescue – thank you!

As a new band, securing a headline gig in Dublin was nigh on impossible during that period – the Underground put on bands that no other venue would touch. Bands with no profile, no obvious crowd pulling appeal. That policy ensured that some of the finest Irish acts of that era took their early tentative steps on the cramped Underground stage – bands like Something Happens, The Stars of Heaven, A House, Engine Alley, the Slowest Clock, The Power of Dreams, The Fountainhead,  Into Paradise, Guernica, the Gorehounds, Therapy?, The Fat Lady Sings, the Would Bes – the list is endless.

Paul Page (Whipping Boy) for betweenthebars.net

Full details on the compilation can be found at irishrock.org. Colm O’Callaghan (Blackpool Sentinel) remembers here.
Hughie Purcell ‘Push & Shove’

A House ‘On Your Bike Wench’

Fallen Angels ‘Small Beer’

Gorehounds ‘The Way I Walk’

Something Happens!  ‘Real Time’

The Stars of Heaven ‘Hey Little Girl’

90s Derry Special – Electric Mainline

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Some of our favourite bands come from Derry so when we heard that Radio Foyle’s Stephen McCauley was doing an ‘Electric Mainline’ special looking at some of the best alternative acts to come out of that neck of the woods in the 1990s we scrambled for a blank cassette to capture the occasion. As you might imagine the music is interspersed with some insightful details by Stephen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did. The show featured tracks  from That Petrol Emotion, The Carrellines, The Turtle Assassins, Cuckoo, Schtum (pictured), LUKiC, Gradapenda Rosindale, Clearshot, The Screaming Bin Lids, The New Capris, DJ-VU, Rare and The Deadly Engines.  As usual if you have any sessions/interviews (Fanning or other) by any of these bands please get in touch. And if any other DJs feel like doing something similar for your city of choice we’d love to hear about it!