Archive for December, 2018

David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Posted in Books, interview, Music with tags , , on December 31, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

We were saddened to learn of the death of David Cavanagh, respected music journalist and author whose work graced the pages of Sounds, Select, Mojo, Uncut and Q. His book on Creation Records (My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize) received widespread praise and we much enjoyed ‘Goodnight and Good Riddance‘ his novel around the radio shows of John Peel preserved for posterity by the folks at the Peel Wikia. Below is an interview with Tom Dunne on Newstalk on the occasion of that books’s publication which we thought you might enjoy. Rest in peace David.

Really sad to hear about the death of David Cavanagh. A little piece he wrote about loving @TheTriffids, called Hell of a Summer, is one of the most perfect pieces of writing about being a music fan. And My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize is one of the great music books.

Michael Hann
David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Hip-Hop: From Cork to New York

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , on December 26, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Inspired by a recent cassette find, we’ve been doing some research into the early days of Irish hip-hop. We came across this 3 hour documentary which is a cool document of the Cork hip-hop scene and figured it deserved a mention. Produced by Kieran Hurley and edited by Don O’Mahony for UCC 98.3FM with the support of the BAI, it features contributions from shane mccurtain, donkeyman, edwin james, chris gahan, the exile eye, shane johnson, dj hazo, stevie g, gina johnson, harvey graham, paul murphy, james mcgrath, buster c, andrew mcdonagh, lulu hackett, the assassin, GMC, mickey gatch and brossie.



No More Fab Fifty?

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

Fans of Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 were disappointed to learn that there will be no 2018 edition of the annual rundown of listeners favourite 3 tracks of all time (or in latter years their favourite tracks of this millenium). In order to preserve this Christmas tradition we decided to pull out the stops and hereby present the 2013 edition in it’s entirety. If you like spoilers, the rundown can be found on our Fab Fifty index. If you happen to remember the tracklist of any missing years we’d love to hear from you.

Oliver Brothers Incorporated (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 17, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Drogheda Co. Louth, Oliver Brothers Incorporated were brothers Mark (Marc?) (vocals, acoustic guitar & harmonica) and Jeremy Oliver (lead guitar & vocals), Niall Gately (bass & keyboards) and John May (drums). This track ‘Anything’ recorded from the Dave Fanning show was released as a single on Zircon in 1985. Jeremy Oliver passed away in December 2004.

Anything (1985)

Phil Lynott: 36 Years Of ‘Old Town’ (2018)

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , , , on December 13, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Christmas issue of the RTÉ Guide usually throws up a surprise or two and this year is no exception. On Sunday December 30th at 7.30pm, RTÉ One will broadcast a brand new documentary on the making of Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town’ video.

In 1982 Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman, released his second solo album ‘The Philip Lynott Album’. From this album came the single ‘Old Town’ and the music video depicting Lynott at various locations around Dublin city. From the Ha’penny Bridge to a stroll down Grafton Street and a pint in The Long Hall pub on South Great George’s Street and ending at the Ringsend Pier. The song was co-written by Lynott and Scottish musician Jimmy Bain.

In the days before music videos were commonplace, the video for ‘Old Town’ was produced by Dave Heffernan for RTÉ programme ‘Anything Goes’. The video was directed by Gerry Greg and was first broadcast on ‘Anything Goes’ on 30 October 1982.

‘Anything Goes’ was a young people’s programme on RTÉ Television. The programme was first broadcast on 4 October 1980 and continued for 6 years. The programme was produced and directed by Bob Collins.

RTÉ Archives: Phil Lynott’s Dublin

Directed by Brian Reddin of Dearg Films (you may remember Brian as presenter of ‘The Last Picture Show‘), the 30 minute doc is a behind the scenes look at how the video was made and who was involved. It features Eric Bell, Jim Lockhart, Philomena Lynnot, Brush Shiels, Fiachra Trench, Fachtna O Ceallaigh, Aonghus McAnally, Brush Shiels and Alison O Donnell from Mellow Candle amongst others.

Brian Reddin on RTE Arena

Documentary now on YouTube..

David Long solo acoustic show Whelan’s 19th December

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

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Former Into Paradise frontman David Long shows no sign of halting his prodigious musical output but he does make an all too rare return to the live scene tomorrow week for a solo acoustic show in Whelan’s. We have no idea if he will revisit the back catalog of the much loved band but were he to do so it might sound like this.

Let Evening Bring Them Home: The Story of the Jubilee Allstars

Posted in Music, Peel, radio, session with tags , on December 1, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve been taking a trip down memory lane for reasons to be explained at a later date but we rediscovered this hour long documentary featured as part of the excellent Great Irish Bands series over on Dublin Opinion. Hats off to the producers, we would love something similar on any number of bands, The Stars Of Heaven anyone?

Jubilee Allstars were Niall McCormack (vocals & guitar), Barry McCormack (vocals & guitar), Fergus McCormack (vocals & bass) and Lee Casey (drums). They recorded this session for John Peel on Jan 11th 1987.