Archive for November, 2018

The Stars Of Heaven (1984 Session – final two tracks)

Posted in Music with tags on November 28, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


The Stars Of Heaven need no introduction. Stephen Ryan (vocals, guitar), Stan Erraught (guitar), Peter O’Sullivan (bass), and Bernard Walsh (drums) had many fans, John Peel and Dave Fanning at the top of that list. Today, prompted by a conversation with Ken Sweeney, we have the two missing tracks from their 1984 Fanning session. The other tracks were ‘Clothes Of Pride‘ (later released as their first single) and ‘El Dorado‘. Stephen is busy with The Drays and Dinah Brand who have just released a new track ‘Rotunda Boy’. A big shout out once again to Thomas Erbsloh who’s diligent taping preservred these two nuggets.

Little Fingers (1984)
Small Life (1984)

Wilder – Babel Road (1990)

Posted in Music with tags on November 23, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


From Dublin, Wilder were Dez Foley (vocals), Richard McDermott (guitar), Stephen Owens (keyboards), Bill Crawford (bass) and Frank McGrath (drums). This single, recorded with Paul Byrne and Martin Clancy of In Tua Nua, was released in 1990 on Oedipus Records. Dez was later in The Sewing Room and Crumb.

Babel Road (1990)

‘The Curious Works of Roger Doyle’ (2018)

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

curious works roger doyle

We recently had the pleasure of attending a screening of Brian Lally‘s documentary about the life and work of composer Roger Doyle. The film was preceeded by a 10 minute performance by Roger accompanying himself on film performing ‘Wassane’ in Beijing in 2012. The documentary was followed by host Don O’Mahony‘s Q&A with Roger and Brian. ‘The Curious Works of Roger Doyle’ takes the viewer through Roger’s career from his studies to the formation of the band Operating Theatre and his soundtrack work on Bob Quinn’s ‘Budawanny‘ and Cathal Black’s ‘Pigs‘ and features interviews with among others, both directors.  The doc also features a number of items from the RTE Archives including excerpts from a Bob Quinn TV documentary looking at a day in the life of Roger Doyle. One impressive segment was a performance of ‘Coat-Hanger Kisses‘ featuring a virtuoso answering machine message from Jonathan Philman-Bowman. The documentary shows Roger posting off CDs from his extensive back catalogue which we note includes a number of original copies of an Operating Theatre single on Mother Records. On a related note, Roger was a recent guest on John Kelly’s ‘Mystery Train‘ where Roger spoke to John and chose the music.

The Dry Season (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on November 7, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

dry season

Yesterday’s annual tweet in the direction of RTE Archives pleading for an updated list of sessions and dates threw up a few responses (although not the desired holy grail). The Dry Season recorded a session for Dave Fanning in March 1990. Whilst we did not initially find their session we did manage to uncover a couple of demos Dave played on his show. From Dublin, The Dry Season were Paul Gaffney (guitar, vocals), Paul Harper (bass), Gavan Duffy (drums, vocals) and  John Cantillon (hammond organ, guitar).


Through Your Eyes


The World Inside Your Mind

Crumb (2005 Interview & Session)

Posted in Music on November 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Crumb were Derrick Dalton (guitars, vocals), Eamonn Davis (bass) and Dez Foley (drums, vocals). Fiachra McCarthy later replaced Eamonn on bass. In February 2005 shortly before the release of their debut album Crumb were guests of Jimmy Murphy on his Dublin South FM show ‘Local Beats’. They were interviewed and played a number of tracks. Thanks to Dez for digging out this recording.

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