Cast Of Thousands (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 18, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

cast of thousandsAccording to IrishRock.org, Cast Of Thousands were formed in Derry by Charlie Herron (guitar), Mickey Herron (bass) and Brian McMonagle (drums) with Jim Walker (guitar) and Dave Harvey (vocals). Jim and Dave moved to London and with Greg Terry Short (drums) became a 3 piece. They released 3 singles and 1 album. This is a demo of a track later to appear on the album ‘Passion‘. They recorded one session for Janice Long and Jim has posted a number of unreleased demos on YouTube. If any of these details are incorrect please get in touch.

Colour Fields (1985)

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Something Happens! (Session)

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

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Something Happens! are Tom Dunne (vocals), Ray Harman (guitar), Alan Byrne (bass) and Eamonn Ryan (drums). This track is a new one on us and is from their Fanning session. If anyone knows the year, what the remaining session tracks were or indeed has a recording please drop a line. Thank you Colm for the tape.

Physical Attraction

The 4 Of Us (1987 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on October 9, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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From Newry Co. Down, The 4 Of Us are Brendan Murphy and Declan Murphy et al. This demo dates, to the best of our knowledge, from 1987. A Fanning session was recorded on Feb 6th 1989, produced by Ian Wilson of which 2 tracks, ‘One Strong Hammer’ and ‘Kill You’ were to feature on the ‘Drag My Bad Name Down‘ CD release. Thanks to Colm for the tape.

Lightning Paul (1987)

The Subterraneans (further demos)

Posted in demo, Music, radio with tags on October 8, 2017 by Fanning Sessions
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L – R Colm Coighlan, (drums), Derek Barter. (bass & vox), Paddy Brad (guitars & vox), Mitchel O’Connor ( guitars & vox)

If a definitive tome on The Story of Irish Rock ever comes to be written we look forward to reading how The Subterraneans did not conquer all. These two tracks are we believe from the same demo that featured ‘Slum‘ and ‘Maxi Joy‘. Thank you Colm for digging these out.

Nobody There (demo)

Bogside Rock (demo)

Backwards Into Paradise (1986 Session) revisited

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 3, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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The ever reliable Blackpool Sentinel yesterday published another excellent read on local favourites Into Paradise. As serendipity would have it we also just received a recording from Colm in Arklow of a session previously posted but now with better audio so we’ve decided what the heck. The session recorded for Dave Fanning on Jan 13th 1986 featured 3 further tracks which we’d love to hear – ‘Alone Again’, ‘A Good and Honest Man’ and ‘John’. Incidentally does anyone recognise the guest host sitting in for Dave? We have it on good authority that it could be Fachtna O’Kelly but stand to be corrected. Update: Thanks to Colm we have a further track.

She Falls (1986)

A Good And Honest Man (1986)

Tuesday Blue (Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 2, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Thanks to Colm Kavanagh who has just cracked open a fresh vein of Fanning sessions. This is one from a band we remember fondly as a formidable live outfit. From Limerick, Tuesday Blue were Michael Ryan (vocals), Dave Keary (guitar), Ralf Lindeim (bass), Ray Fean (drums, percussion) & Tom Jones (keyboards, piano). Thank you Mike Maguire for the lineup correction.

Woman (1984 Session)

Cry Before Dawn (1984 Session)

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

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From Wexford, Cry Before Dawn were Brendan Wade (vocals, acoustic guitar, uileann pipes and whistle), Tony Hall (electric guitar), Vince Doyle (bass) and Pat Hayes (drums). On June 25th 1984 they recorded 3 tracks for the Dave Fanning show; ‘Follow Me’, ‘Cry For Me’ and ‘Pain Of Life’. Thank you Colm for digging out the session track and to IrishRock.org for the photo.

Follow Me (1984)