‘The sessions that give bands a break’ (Irish Times 1990)

The Fanning sessions, which give new bands valuable airtime and a professional demo tape for nothing, are 10 years old this month. Michael Cunningham reports.

Here’s a great article from a 1990 issue of The Irish Times as the Fanning sessions were about to turn 10. Michael Cunningham of The Irish Times interviews producers Ian Wilson and Jim Lockhart and studio engineer Paddy McBreen. We learn that the bands receive a fee of £200 and that the contract forms still refer to “The Dave Fanning Showband Recordings”. I don’t think they got a copy of the tapes for nothing though, someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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3 Responses to “‘The sessions that give bands a break’ (Irish Times 1990)”

  1. Thomas Erbsloh Says:

    ah yes, the memories again … Engine Alley “The Fridge Song” …
    When did the Fanning Sessions officially cease? Were they suspended with a bang? Did they just fizzle out?

  2. Fanning Sessions Says:

    thanks thomas, on the subject of engine alley – here is the 1990 fanning session https://fanningsessions.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/engine-alley-1990-session/

  3. Nice seeing this again (Came up in FB memories) Fond times of our session there, I rem the lads been very professional and fast, we were gigging like mad so had our stuff down, it always struck me how clean the sound is in a studio, always searching for that live feel 🙂

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