Archive for May, 2018

The Candyshop (1994 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 23, 2018 by Fanning Sessions
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L-R Stephen Robinson, Dave Dorgan, Sean Ryan, Mark Byrne

The Candyshop were Stephen Robinson (vocals), Dave Dorgan (guitar), Mark Byrne (bass) and Sean Ryan (drums). This tape comes from the recently acquired Pat O’Mahony archive which we are churning through despite much visible progress. Thanks to Mark Byrne for digging out the band photos. Mark and Sean featured on The Harvest Ministers session with Mark later joining the band full time. Dave later formed Candy Apple Red while Sean was to be found in The Swinging Swine and Honey Thieves.

Change Your Mind (1994)

Pictures Of James (1994)

Falling For You (1994)

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This Ain’t No Party: The Story of No Disco

Posted in documentary, Music, radio with tags on May 22, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Produced by Ciaran Ryan, ‘This Ain’t No Party’ is an excellent new radio documentary for RTE 2XM telling the story of ‘No Disco‘ featuring the voices of many involved in the production and presentation of the show. Among the contributors are presenters Donal Dineen and Leagues O’Toole, founding producer/editor Colm O’Callaghan, his successor Rory Cobbe and musicians David Gray, Carol Keogh and Dudley Colley.

Imelda’s Boyfriend (Demo)

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

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Maurice from Imelda’s Boyfriend was recently in touch and kindly provided details of the band, photos and an additional track. The first demo we featured was recorded by the original lineup of the band. Today’s track was recorded some time later following John’s departure and the lineup was Maurice Kelly (vocals / guitar), Terry Rainey (guitar), Paul Flanagan (bass) and Sean O’Connor (drums / backing vocals). At some stage Paul left to be replaced by Morgan Hughes (bass). Dave Fanning featured ‘Down The Stairs’ a number of times on his radio show which may or may not have led to the Hot Press gig advertised above.  The 2 other bands on the night were Electric Banana, a French / Irish act and Manor Park Project from Sligo. Maurice, Terry and Sean were later in Northlight Razorblade. Maurice was recently interviewed by Roque over at Cloudberry Records where he shares fond memories of The Underground and the scene at that time.

Down The Stairs (Demo)

Stuart Bailie – Trouble Songs: Music & Conflict in Northern Ireland

Posted in Music with tags on May 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Stuart Bailie is a Belfast based music writer and broadcaster who has written for NME, Mojo, Uncut, Q, Vox, The Times, The Irish Times, Classic Rock and Hot Press. He wrote the authorised story of Thin Lizzy ‘The Ballad of the Thin Man’ in 1997. He has written TV and radio documentaries on U2, Elvis Costello, Glen Campbell and Thin Lizzy. He wrote and narrated a BBC TV history of music from Northern Ireland ‘So Hard to Beat’ in 2007. He is a co-founder the Oh Yeah Music Centre and was CEO from 2008-16.

Stuart has just published a book called ‘Trouble Songs‘ which focuses on the role of music in the Northern Ireland conflict. In this interview Stuart takes Dave Fanning through some of the songs associated or influenced by the Troubles.

Stuart Bailie – Dave Fanning interview (5th May 2018)

 

Northlight Razorblade (1995 Session)

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

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Northlight Razorblade were Dermot McNevin (vocals, guitar), Yvonne Cullen (cello, saxophone, piano), Terry Rainey (guitar), Maurice Kelly (bass) and Paul Vickers (drums). Maurice and Terry were previously in Imelda’s Boyfriend. The session was produced by Pete Holidai.

Bad Dreams (1995)

Rain (1995)

Something Else (1995)

Deep As (1995)

Microdisney (2018 Interviews)

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

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Excitement is building for the upcoming Microdisney shows in the National Concert Hall Dublin June 2nd and the Barbican London on June 9th.  Sean O’Hagan and Cathal Coughlan of the band dropped in to the BBC Radio 6 studio yesterday for an interview with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The million dollar question was posed (will there be more shows?), as to the answer.. well you’ll just have to listen in. Watch Sean and Cathal perform ‘Dolly’ as part of the Barbican sessions here. Following up on his recent audio documentary Paul McDermott has just published an oral history of the band.

Microdisney (2018 6 Music interview)

Addendum: On May 30th in the days leading up to the momentous reunion in the National Concert Hall Sean and Cathal dropped in to the Newstalk studios to talk to Tom Dunne.

Microdisney (2018 Tom Dunne interview)

Vinyl Dublin 5th-7th May 2018

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

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VINYL (Dublin) takes place this weekend at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the history of vinyl the three-day event features specially programmed talks, panel discussions and musical performances. The list of interviewers and interviewees is a who’s who of the music industry, needless to say if time and money were no object we’d be there. As consolation this post collects the radio interviews promoting the event.

David Bell (Whipping Boy and VINYL founder) on Dave Fanning show

David also appeared on the Tom Dunne and Paul McLoone shows. Paul will interview fellow Undertones members Michael Bradley and Damian O’Neill on Saturday. Tom interviews Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell and Billy McGuinness of Aslan on Saturday and Steve and Joe Wall of The Stunning on Sunday.

Dave Bell on Paul McLoone show

Dave Bell on Tom Dunne show

Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins & Bella Union) on RTE Arena

Billy Bragg on Ray D’Arcy show