Archive for April, 2017

U2 (1980 Fanning Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on April 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

We’ve been asked a number of times over the years about the first Fanning session and we are happy, thanks to an excellent interview with Dave Fanning Show producer Ian Wilson by Jim Carroll in yesterday’s Irish Times, to finally put the issue to bed. Thanks to some fact checking by u2wanderer the year has now been confirmed as 1980.

Ian Wilson on the U2 session

It is apparent that the only chance we have of ever hearing this recording is if U2 were to release it. There still remains the outside possibility that some listener recorded that show and still has a copy..

ian wilson fanning sessionu2 session tracklistingIan Wilson holding the U2 session tape in the RTE archive and a closeup of the tracklisting. Thanks to Dan Hegarty for the photos. These were taken during the production of the recent ‘Cork Rock‘ documentary part 2 of which will go out on the June bank holiday. More detailed analysis of the recordings can be found on


May Bank Holiday Radio Specials (2017)

Posted in Music on April 29, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Apologies for the relative inactivity of late, I think we are going through a blogging mid life crisis. Hope y’all enjoyed the Cork Rock documentary, we certainly did. This weekend is a bank holiday so there a number of music specials (thank you Ian Wilson for correcting our terminology) due for broadcast across the radio stations. Speaking of Ian Wilson, be sure to check out today’s Irish Times for a great interview prior to his upcoming departure from RTE.


Sunday 9pm TodayFM – David Gray on ‘Songs in the Key of Life‘. ‘White Ladder’ is the biggest selling album in Ireland ever and it will soon be 20 years old. David joins Nadine O’Regan for a chat and to choose some of his favourite music.

vincent hanley tippfm


Monday 1.10pm Clare FMVincent Hanley COMIN’ ATCHA – tribute to the MT-USA host from Padraic Flaherty and Tipp FM featuring contributions from Niall Stokes, Marty Whelan, Mark Cagney, Bill Hughes, Conor MacAnally and Vincent’s brother Fergus.


Monday 2pm RTE Radio 1 – ‘Somebody to Watch Over Me’ – Will Leahy looks at music managers and the people behind the careers of Nathan Carter, Joe Dolan, Oasis, Hozier, The Saw Doctors and David Gray.

1977 cathal funge

Monday 8pm TodayFM – ‘1977 the year Irish music was reborn’ with Cathal Funge producer of the award winning ‘Left Of The Dial‘ for TXFM. Looking at new beginnings in the Irish music scene in 1977 the year that saw The Boomtown Rats and The Radiators release their debut singles, Rory Gallagher play the Macroom Mountain Dew festival, Thin Lizzy at Dalymount,  The Clash at Trinity and the launch of Hot Press magazine.

Cork Rock – 2FM radio documentary

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 15, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

cork rocks 1990

Details are sketchy for now but 8pm on Easter Monday sees RTE 2fm broadcast part one of a documentary produced by Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson looking back at the Cork Rocks (1990) and Cork Rock (1991) festivals which took place in Sir Henry’s with the support of The Cork Examiner and RTE Radio 2.  More details and audio to follow post broadcast. On Wednesday Dan spoke to Craig Walker of Power of Dreams who performed in 1991 following the release of their debut album ‘Immigrants, Emigrants and Me’. Listen back to Dan’s music special here.