Archive for January, 2018

The Fall (1984 Dave Fanning Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 27, 2018 by Fanning Sessions
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Brix Smith, Gavin Friday, Mark E Smith, Dave Fanning

More sad news this week with the death at 60 of Mark E Smith of The Fall. This morning Dave Fanning played an October 1984 archive interview he did with Mark and Brix Smith before they played Dublin’s TV Club. He followed this with a 2016 interview with Brix Smith Start on the publication of her book ‘The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise‘ in which she spoke about her time with group. Support for the TV Club show was The Real Wild West.


The Cranberries (In Concert 1993)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


The-CranberriesWe are still in shock at the very sad news of Dolores O’Riordan. There have been many great tributes and this morning Dave Fanning and Ian Wilson remembered Dolores by playing clips from this 1993 interview. Thanks to a reader we now have a recording of a live show by The Cranberries at the Tivoli on 18th December 1993. Dave broadcast this over 2 weeks so there is a join half way through and the 2 final tracks on each side of the C60 are abbreviated. We think you’ll enjoy the recording nevertheless. Thank you Padraig Keane for the recording.

In Concert (1993)


Posted in Music with tags , on January 15, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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“Dolores O’Riordan is the name of the singer, you may need to remember that” John Peel plays The Cranberries in 1991.

Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly public discussion Culture Night 2016

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Radio On was a public discussion event held at Gulpd Café, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork on Aug 24th 2016. The event was based around the radio documentary ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ produced by Paul McDermott and first broadcast on UCC98.3FM. That documentary centres on Cork singer Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. Radio On featured Paul McDermott as MC for the evening, in conversation with Ricky Dineen (Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea?, Beethoven), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Rob McKahey (Stump).

The event took place during Heritage Week and was sponsored by The Heritage Council, with support from the Cork Folklore Project and UCC98.3FM. The programme was produced by Conor O’Toole with sound supervision by Kieran Hurley at UCC98.3FM.

Shown on the night and discussed in the podcast are the photos of Ciaran O’Tuama (Cypress,Mine!) and Pat Galvin. Many of Pat’s photos featured in the TG4 documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ which provided a fascinating profile of The Arcadia. Ciaran apparently has a huge archive of photos many of which have not yet been developed – we hope that will soon be rectified!


Fanning’s Fab 50 (1997)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 12, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Prolific YouTube archivist KillianM2 is sifting literally through a shed load of VHS tapes with a pile of RTE Guides to keep him company. This being January another Fanning’s Fab 50 has come across his desk and he was kind enough to share.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1995)

Posted in Music with tags on January 11, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

fab50 1995

We’re attempting to compile a full list of Fanning’s Fab50 rundowns with not a great deal of success. Thank you KillianM2 who just found this in a January 1996 edition of the RTE Guide.

The Hujiwallas (1993 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Pat Kelleher and Mick Lynch

The Hujiwallas were a short lived project featuring Pat Kelleher (vocals, bass), Ricky Dineen (guitars), Wally Desmond (pipes) and Sandra Farrell (additional vocals). They recorded a demo in Coad Mountain studio Caherdaniel, Co Kerry in 1993 engineered/produced by Simon Taylor. Pat performed the vocals but the intention was to eventually find another singer. Pat of course was previously a member of Mean Features. The above photo taken by Murphy Kie at a Finbarr Donnelly remembrance gig features Pat with Mick Lynch of Stump, both men now sadly lost to cancer. With thanks to Ricky Dineen.

Well Hello (1993)

Meet Rover (1993)

Hairy Molly (1993)

Ballygowan (1993)