Archive for February, 2018

The Way It Is (1990 Demo)

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

the way it is

The Way It Is were Martin Quinn (vocals), Dave Browne (guitar), Steve Browne (drums), Aaron McVeigh (bass), Frank McGing (keyboards), Johnny Haverty (sax), Tom Curran (percussion) and Aoibhinn Murray & Tuesday May (backing vocals). Thank you Pat O’Mahony for digging this out, we have now digitised half your tapes, if anyone has any requests you know what to do.

Love Is Here (1990)

You Make Me (1990)

Workin Man (1990)


Prefab Sprout (1984 & 1988 Interviews)

Posted in interview, Music with tags , on February 20, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


On Sunday’s show Dave featured a 1980 interview with Joey Ramone announced a new archive interview feature and asked for listener suggestions. A subsequent discussion on twitter brought two interviews with Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout to our attention. At least one of these was recorded by Martin Foyle. Rather than repost I think it’s only fair that we send you to fan site Sproutology to listen to these interviews. The first from 27 April 1984 was just after the release of the debut Prefab Sprout album ‘Swoon’. The second interview on 6th November 1988 comes after the release of third album ‘From Langley Park To Memphis’ when the band are in town to perform ‘Cars and Girls’ on the Late Late Show. Both interviews are well worth checking out and thank you to Martin and Sproutology for preserving.

Damien Dempsey (1996 Session)

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


On Sunday Dave Fanning looked at Irish Hip Hop with guests Mango and Mathman. The piece featured a clip from the 1993 Scary Eire session but it was talk of another session that got us scrambling in the attic. Four years before the release of his debut album Damien Dempsey recorded a session and by all accounts it was a game changer.

Damien Dempsey (electric guitar & vocals), Keith Beggs (acoustic guitar), Jim Lockhart produced and Phil Cooke engineered.

Chillin (1996)


The Foremen (1988 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on February 13, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


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The Foremen were Simon Crosbie (rhythm guitar & vocals), John McCabb (lead guitar & vocals), Eoin O’Broin (bass & vocals) and Gavin Buckley (drums). Recorded in Sun Studios, this 3 track demo was enginerered and produced by Pat Dunne in August 1988. Design was by Neil Bryden. The tape is from the Pat O’Mahony collection and was requested by Ciarán.

Pittsburgh  (1988)

No Comebacks (1988)

Halloween Cafe (1988)

Quare Groove Vol 1 (2018 Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on February 3, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

quare groove vol 1

Quare Groove Vol 1 is a new compilation of 70s/80s Irish underground music just released on Dublin’s All City Records. It features 8 tracks of “disco, soul, post-punk and funk” from The Pumphouse Gang, Natural Wild, Sunshine, Those Nervous Animals, Stano, Barry Warner, Some Kind Of Wonderful and Microdisney. On Thursday evening Paul McDermott of Dublin City FM interviewed John Byrne and Jeremy Murphy about the release. We look forward to Vol 2! Update: Interview in today’s Examiner.