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Twix Rocks – Into ’91 With Fanning’s Choice

September 25, 2019

This is a nice promotional cassette produced in conjunction with Twix, featuring 10 of Dave Fanning’s favourite Irish tracks of 1990. Each one is introduced by Dave, with De Confidence receiving a particularly nice mention. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for sharing. An Emotional Fish – Move On The Dixons – Here Comes The Love Machine […]

Choice

July 5, 2011

From Dundalk, Choice began life in 1980 as a four piece with Dougie Devlin (bass), Ciaran Vernon (synthesizers, guitars), Noel McCabe (drums) and Jaki McCarrick (vocals). They appeared on RTE youth show Youngline twice in 1981 (footage anyone?) and recorded a session for Dave Fanning which was produced by Ian Wilson. Check out the Brand […]

The Kathleens (1996 Demo)

October 14, 2018

From Galway, The Kathleens were Raymond Butler (vocals and rhythm guitar), Fergal McDonogh (lead guitars and backing vocals), Barry Wallace (bass) and Derek Naughton (drums). These tracks turned up on an intriguing cassette from the Pat O’Mahony collection. The first two tracks on the tape were from a very different act musically called Ill Dependents. […]

Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (18 May 1986)

August 27, 2018

This recording comes courtesy of Limerick born artist and sometime guitarist Donald Teskey. Donald was recently a guest of John Kelly on the Mystery Train Sunday Service. A recording of a lovely interview from the Dave Fanning rock show with (the late) Grant McLennan from 18 May 1986 on the occasion of the Go-Betweens first gigs in […]

90s Derry Special – Electric Mainline

May 4, 2017

Some of our favourite bands come from Derry so when we heard that Radio Foyle’s Stephen McCauley was doing an ‘Electric Mainline’ special looking at some of the best alternative acts to come out of that neck of the woods in the 1990s we scrambled for a blank cassette to capture the occasion. As you might […]

The Winters – Leeson Lounge (25th Feb 2017)

February 25, 2017

Fans of The Dixons and The Joys might want to check out The Winters at Leeson Lounge tonight. The Winters are Ed McGinley (guitar/vocals, formerly The Dixons), Anthony D’Arcy (drums formerly of The Joys, Gavin Is God), Brendan Priestley (bass ) and Cliff Rosney (keyboards). As well as tracks from their debut lp expect some some choice covers from the […]

Left Of The Dial (TXFM Cathal Funge radio doc)

May 13, 2016

Left Of The Dial (2016) This Sunday at 6pm TXFM will broadcast a documentary ‘Left Of The Dial‘, “looking at two periods of time in radio and music when alternative music programmes ruled the national night-time airwaves – 2FM in the 80s and TodayFM in the late 90s”. The show was produced by Cathal Funge and […]

The Mickey Bradley Record Show on BBC Radio Ulster

August 20, 2013

We’ve long been fans of Michael Bradley on the radio. Since Mickey’s Monkey the man has been essential listening for his choice in music and his witty repartee. Mickey moved on to ‘The Bottom Line’ and most recently was to host ‘After Midnight’ where he revisited punk and refused to countenance anything released after 1989. […]

Strange Passion – Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83

May 5, 2012

The first ever compendium of Irish post punk and new wave – featuring extensive liner notes, rare photos with the full participation of the featured artists and bands. Released on Cache Cache a new post-punk record label set up by Finders Keepers dedicated to seeking out shyly excitable electric pop music from the not too […]

Dave Couse – An Teach Solas (2012)

March 20, 2012

A cracker of a show on Sunday night from Dave Couse on TodayFM for An Teach Solas 2.0. Here’s the playlist and for the next 6 days you can listen back on the TodayFM website, parts one and two. Not sure I would have predicted too many of these choices but am certainly going to […]

An Teach Solas 2.0

March 6, 2012

Dave Couse (A House) has a TodayFM Sunday night show called The Lighthouse. Two years ago he did an all Irish special called ‘An Teach Solas‘. Dave has now decided it’s time to do a second show in the same vein and is asking his listeners to request their favourite Irish tracks. The show goes […]

David Heffernan (6th Feb 2011)

February 8, 2011

Another enjoyable ‘Guaranteed Irish‘ show on 4FM courtesy Dave Heffernan and producer Brendan Russell last Sunday. I particularly enjoyed tunes by Deadly Engines, Cypress, Mine!, The Would Be’s, Revelino, Brian, Engine Alley, The Brilliant Trees and The Radio but that’s not to say I didn’t like the other tracks. I’m impressed that Dave doesn’t always […]

A – Z Index

February 6, 2011

Here is a list of bands most of whom recorded a Fanning Session, predominately from 1981 through 1991. It is not complete (have asked RTE for a list but so far no joy). We are adding post 1991 bands as we identify them / locate the sessions. As you can see there is quite a […]

Fanning Session Artist Index

January 4, 2011

Here’s a list of bands who recorded a Fanning Session, mostly between 1981 and 1991. It is not complete and does include some entries post 1991 as I add them to the site. As you can see there is quite a bit of forensic work still to be done so dig out those cassettes and […]