Archive for November, 2019

Andy White (2016 Tom Robinson Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , on November 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Andy White’s imminent tour of Ireland prompted us to go digging and this 2016 retrospective on the Tom Robinson 6music show is perfect. Broadcast on Dec 3rd 2016 Andy joins Tom to look back on what was then 30 years of Andy’s career. The two have history as you will find out and it all makes for a very enjoyable listen with many interesting details of the twists and turns of Andy’s career. Andy has just released a new album ‘Time is a Buffalo in the Art of War‘ and plays Belfast (Nov 29), Ballymena (Nov 30), DC Music Club Dublin (Dec 1) and Coughlan’s Cork (Dec 5). See you there!

 

Blaze X (1981)

Posted in Music with tags on November 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Tuam, Co Galway, Blaze X were Paul Cunniffe (guitar & vocals), Davy Carton (guitar & vocals), Jarlath Keating (bass) and Paul Ralph (drums). In 1980 they released a single ‘Some Hope‘ and later that year supported U2 at Leisureland. Following the demise of Blaze X in 1981, Paul Cunniffe was active as a solo artist until his tragic death in 2001. A posthumous album ‘Excuse My Accent’ is available on Spotify and a short documentary can be found here. Davy Carton is now a member of The Saw Doctors who recorded their own version of ‘I Used To Love Her’. Fellow Saw Doctor Leo Moran’s recent appearance on RTE Radio 1 show ‘Songs in my Head‘, where he fondly remembers the excitement of the Blaze X days, prompted today’s post. Thanks to Jamie Ralph for the photos and tracks.

Aidan McCarthy (1981)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on November 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

We recently took possession, on loan, of a number of tapes, DATs and minidiscs belonging to the esteemed Cork sound engineer Dennis Herlihy who died in September. Dennis was well known for his work with Sir Henry’s and the Triskel and was at the helm recording many great Irish bands such as Light A Big Fire, Belsonic Sound and Power Of Dreams. We hope to compile a comprehensive list in due course.

This first recording from his archive is one of the earliest, dated February 1981. Labelled Aiden McCarthy we didn’t immediately recognise it but some comments on Facebook soon set us straight. Aidan featured in a number of Cork bands; Berzerk, The Kidz, Romeo Butcher and according to Ricky Dineen in the Paul McDermott Oral History played a role in the formation of Nun Attax. One further band fronted by Aidan was Adolf Grunt who as it happens featured Dennis Herlihy on guitar..

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On Wednesday November 20th in the Crane Lane, Cork there will be a tribute concert for Dennis. Artists performing include The Service, Dizzy Blues Band, Hank Wedel and John Doherty of Little Hours. Doors are at 8.30pm and entry is free.

Ten By Ten – a compilation of Cork bands (1995)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Ten By Ten Volume One is a compilation of unsigned Cork bands released by the Cork Music Resource Co-op (CMRC) in 1995. It features one track each from Inhaler, Manhole, Starchild, Kidminister, Boa, Guru, Sander, The Orange Fettishes, Special Love Brigade and Lunatic Fringe. Thanks to the Cork Zine Archive for tracking down a copy.

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The Montoya Sound (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on November 2, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Bullying Kind (1990)

Updating with comment from Pete Deane on Facebook:

“I am very pleased that this song, The Bullying Kind, has reached the public domain. Thank you Fanning Sessions Archive. This is one of our demo recordings, which was broadcast on RTE Radio in (apparently) 1990. It features my musical composition and my vocal performance with Philip Mullen’s lyrics and guitar playing. It is a recording of our full band, including 3-piece brass section, all recorded by our dear-departed friend and production genius Martin Rex on a Tascam 8-Track machine in the living room of my flat in Kings Cross, London. The superb brass arrangement of the finale was composed by our trumpet player Chris Lee, formerly of Pigbag and the magnificent sax solo was by John Glenn, formerly of The Republic, with Sarah Jane Morris. Harmony vocals were by Angie Dixon, Montoya Sound member, and wife of Some Kind of Wonderful drummer Paul Bibby. This track also features Rupert Greenall of The Fixx on Hammond organ and Jeffrey Scantlebury of The Dub Band on percussion.”

London based but featuring two Irish songwriters Pete Deane and Phil Mullen both ex Some Kind Of Wonderful originally from Dundalk. The Montoya sound were Dan Sheals (drums), Dave Ward (bass), Chris Lee (trumpet), Phil Greenwood (saxophone), John Harbourne (trombone), Louis Vause ( keyboards), Angie Dixon (vocals), Philip Mullen (guitar) and Pete Deane (vocals). We found this track on one of our Fanning tapes after watching the band’s 1992 ‘On The Waterfront’ performance of ‘When You Kill A Beautiful Thing‘. Pete has confirmed there was a radio interview with Dave during which two tracks were performed acoustically.