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Dave Fanning’s Irish Show (March 1984)

March 9, 2019

Today we have a treat, a 45 minute recording of the Dave Fanning show from March 1984 courtesy the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Dave announces he is playing Irish tracks only and plays a number of sessions and even a demo we’d never previously heard from Blue In Heaven. There is one track we […]

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 […]

The Fall (1984 Dave Fanning Interview)

January 27, 2018

More sad news this week with the death at 60 of Mark E Smith of The Fall. This morning Dave Fanning played an October 1984 archive interview he did with Mark and Brix Smith before they played Dublin’s TV Club. He followed this with a 2016 interview with Brix Smith Start on the publication of […]

Big Audio Dynamite – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

February 20, 2017

On October 31st 1986 following a gig in Belfast, Big Audio Dynamite arrived in Dublin to play the SFX. Don Letts & Greg Roberts dropped in to the RTE 2fm studio to talk to Dave Fanning. Thanks to stilpix for digging this one out. Big Audio Dynamite (1986)

Ian Dury – Dave Fanning Interview (1981)

September 20, 2016

Shortly after Ian Dury’s death in 2000 following a long illness, Dave Fanning paid tribute by broadcasting a 31st July 1981 interview with the singer-songwriter. Thank you John for digging out the recording. Ian Dury Interview (1981)  

Peter Buck – Dave Fanning Interview (1991)

August 31, 2016

Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since R.E.M released ‘Out Of Time‘. Here’s a short telephone interview Dave Fanning did with Peter Buck a week before the album came out. Thanks to Michael for digging out this tape. Peter Buck (1991)

John Peel – Dave Fanning Interview (1990)

February 18, 2016

Dave Fanning interviews John Peel (at the BBC studio?) in London. Thanks to a comment we know the interview took place late March 1990. John’s 50th birthday celebration the previous year gets a mention. Not sure how much if any of the interview is missing as Dave had a 3 hour show from 10pm – […]

Phil Lynott – Dave Fanning Tribute (1986)

January 5, 2016

Hard to believe Phil Lynott is gone 30 years. Here is a recording of Dave Fanning’s tribute that night featuring some archive interviews with Philip. Thanks to John Foyle for digging out this recording. Dave Fanning Tribute (1986)

Rory Gallagher – Dave Fanning tribute (14/6/2015)

June 15, 2015

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of the great Rory Gallagher; blues-rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and especially guitar-legend. Dave talks to Cllr Mary Shields and has a listen back to some archive interviews… Rory Gallagher Tribute (2015)

Cactus World News – Dave Fanning Interview Etc (1986)

February 9, 2015

Cactus World News were Eoin McEvoy (vocals), Frank Kearns (guitar), Fergal MacAndris (bass) and Wayne Sheehy (drums). Frank and Eoin have just announced a pledge music campaign to release a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks from the band. By way of a teaser we’ve dug out two items from our own archives. The […]

Big Country – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

September 28, 2014

One good interview begets another. Recorded during the same tour as the recently posted Mickey Bradley interview, here are Stuart and Ian from Big Country on RTE Radio2 with the venerable Dave Fanning on November 26th 1986. Thank you to the kind reader who dug this out. Big Country – Dave Fanning Interview (26.11.1986)

‘The Bands That Nearly Made It’ Dave Fanning (Irish Independent, 20th April 2013)

April 28, 2013

Dave Fanning had a two page spread in last weekend’s Irish Independent titled ‘The Bands That Nearly Made It‘. In it he recounts the story of his early days at RTE when himself and Ian Wilson started the Fanning Sessions and what that meant to up and coming Irish bands of the time. Dave then […]

Tony Clayton-Lea (101 Irish Records..) – Dave Fanning Interview

December 13, 2011

The author of the recently published 101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die Tony Clayton-Lea is doing the promotional rounds and last Saturday appeared on Dave Fanning’s afternoon show. Here’s what he and Dave had to say on the subject.. Tony Clayton Lea (2011)

Dave Fanning’s Rock Selection (1987)

September 27, 2011

If you’ve been watching the twitter feed you’ll have heard us mention a site Brand New Retro which specializes in scans of old Irish magazines from the 80s. On that theme we have something you might like; Dave Fanning’s Rock Selection featuring R.E.M., Thee Amazing Colossal Men, Bam Bam & The Calling, Aidan Walsh and […]

The Divine Comedy (Dave Fanning 1996)

May 22, 2011

In 1996 flush with the success of hit single ‘Something for the Weekend’ Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy dropped into the RTE studios for a chat with Dave Fanning where he played a few tunes for good measure. Many thanks to the excellent ‘a short site‘ for providing this recording, a high quality version […]

Dave Fanning on the Fanning Sessions

January 6, 2011

As soon as I got my hands on a copy of ‘The Thing Is..‘ the first thing I did was make a beeline for Dave’s comments on the Fanning Sessions. I posted the first excerpt here and this is the concluding excerpt. To my surprise and delight, in no time at all a session on […]

Fanning’s Fab Fifty (1991)

December 15, 2019

We are always on the lookout for Fanning’s Fab Fifty rundowns to help fill out the master list so were delighted to come across this tape featuring 23 of the tracks to feature in the 1991 edition. Unfortunately Dave’s links were edited out so we can’t give the placings or the missing tracks. Eagle eyed […]

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 […]

Thank You from Dave & fErGaL

June 28, 2019

Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury would like to thank everyone for their interest and support for the A House Is Dead | I Am Still The Greatest show on Saturday. Really. Thank you. We didn’t know how this thing would go but the support has been overwhelming. Please accept this small gift of an unreleased […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

December 26, 2017

Here it is folks, the Fab 50 as broadcast by Dave Fanning on December 23rd and 24th 2017. Still one or two missing track names, please send us any corrections and we will update. We hope to publish our own #altfab50 before year’s end featuring the fave 2017 tracks from readers and friends of the […]

U2 (1980 Fanning Session)

April 30, 2017

We’ve been asked a number of times over the years about the first Fanning session and we are happy, thanks to an excellent interview with Dave Fanning Show producer Ian Wilson by Jim Carroll in yesterday’s Irish Times, to finally put the issue to bed. Thanks to some fact checking by u2wanderer the year has now […]

Dave Couse – St Patrick’s Day (2016)

March 16, 2017

St Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a dose of Dave Couse. Over the years Dave has recorded a number of all Irish music shows, ‘An Teach Solas’ being a loose translation of ‘The Lighthouse’ the name Dave’s show used have back before the suits at TodayFM thought that name was too confusing. Anyway sit […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1984)

December 26, 2016

Dave G Kelly recently dug out a tracklisting for the 1984 edition of Fanning’s Fab 50 which he had been sent at the time by a thoughtful person at RTE Radio 2. Whilst listening to the 2016 edition we got to creating a playlist for the 50 or rather 49 tracks – apparently Bob Dylan’s record […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2016)

December 22, 2016

It’s a Christmas tradition and who are we to argue. It was missed last year but in 2016 Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 is back with a vengeance and a new spin to keep us all on our toes (songs from 2000 on only). The votes have been counted and Dave will run down the millenium […]

Dave Couse – 17th March 2016 Playlist

March 18, 2016

mo tucker – danny boy the gloaming – thin lizzy – waiting for an alibi microdisney – genius soak – wait frank & walters – we are the young men undertones – wednesday week revenants – drinking side of me my bloody valentine – soon august wells – living & dying game into paradise – […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1990)

December 18, 2014

Here is a listing of the 1990 Fanning’s Fab 50. The 2014 edition will be broadcast next Monday 22nd December and Tuesday 23th from 10pm-1am. Let’s hope there are a few new entries.. Spotify playlist. 50. The Doors – Riders on the storm 49. My Bloody Valentine – Soon 48. Elvis Costello – Alison 47. […]

Dave Couse in for Paul McLoone this week

May 26, 2014

Radio listeners missing their weekly ration of A House frontman Dave Couse of a Sunday night will be happy to hear that he is back on our airwaves, temporarily at least, all this week on TodayFM. Dave will be in Paul McLoone‘s chair from 9pm – midnight, Monday – Thursday this week while Paul is […]

TodayFM to axe Dave Couse Show

March 18, 2014

Listeners to Sunday’s Dave Couse Show on TodayFM this week got a little more than they bargained for. Dave was hosting a special all Irish ‘An Teach Solas‘ edition to commemorate our national holiday when with 15 minutes to go he announced that his show was to be axed. Dave had apparently known for some […]

Dave Couse – Endless Art / An Teach Solas (2014)

March 10, 2014

Dave Couse is doing a Saint Patricks Day special this Sunday night from 10pm featuring two hours of tunes by Irish artists. He has form here so be sure to tune in. The current promo for Dave’s show is a 2014 update of ‘Endless Art by A House.. Endless Art (2014)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1989)

November 29, 2013

It’s that time of the year folks – voting is now open for Fanning’s Fab 50. I do wish Dave would restrict voting to music released in the last 12 months, next best thing would be for bands to put the word out to their fanbase that they cast a vote for a particular track, […]

Fanning Interviews (1986)

April 22, 2013

Fanning Interviews (1986)

Dave Couse St Patricks Day 9pm TodayFM

March 15, 2013

We like radio specials and Dave Couse is revisiting what we still call ‘An Teach Solas‘ this Sunday for only the third time. He hasnt said too much on the subject but we are hoping for 3 hours of Irish rock music from the last 4 decades all hand chosen by the frontman of Dublin’s […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2012)

December 21, 2012

I know the suspense is killing you all so here goes. Christmas has finally arrived when Dave starts running down the Fanning Fab 50. There were a few hitches but hopefully someone at RTE is listening. The rundown concludes on Monday so I will update the post then. 50 Blur – Under The Westway 49 […]

Power Of Dreams (1990 Fanning Interview)

November 26, 2012

A track from the 1989 Power Of Dreams Fanning session featured here recently and today we have a Dave Fanning show interview with Craig Walker from October 5th 1990 the very night night the band played McGonagles as part of their Irish tour. Power Of Dreams fans stay tuned because we also have a recording […]

Dave vs Not Dave

May 2, 2012

We had a brush with the law recently and thankfully lived to tell the tale. We still wake sweating in the night to the sound of “He can have them all” and visions of backing the Hiace up to the door of Studio 8. Thanks to @irishmammies for the shout out and to @shirtntie for […]

The Outcasts (1981 Fanning Session)

March 27, 2012

Thanks to long time supporter Rob for digging this one out. The Outcasts were a Belfast punk band formed in 1978 by Greg Cowan (vocals/bass), Colin Getgood (guitar), Martin Cowan (guitar) and Colin Cowan (drums). They appeared in the John T. Davis’ ‘Shellshock Rock‘ documentary on NI punk and later in their own doc ‘Self […]

Dave Couse – An Teach Solas (18th March 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 […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2011)

December 19, 2011

The 1986 Fanning’s Fab 50 was surely much more interesting but we’re a sucker for lists so here goes. PS If you have any old Fanning tapes in the attic we’ll give them a good home.. Update: Well the final result is in and we’ll let you judge for yourselves. One entry in the Fab […]

Diary Of A Fanning Session

February 12, 2011

On June 17th 1997 Peter Murphy of Hot Press shared a day in the life of Cork threesome The Frank & Walters as they recorded a radio session for RTE. I hope Hot Press don’t mind my liberal excerpt of the article but it’s an excellent insight to what it’s like recording a Fanning Session. […]

Dave Heffernan 16/1/2011

January 18, 2011

Great to hear The Revenants, Protex, Toasted Heretic on Dave Heffernan’s Sunday show. That Nick Kelly song sounds great too, must check out his recent stuff. Listen back here Windings – Brain Fluid  (2010) ALT – What You’ve Done (1995) U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing (1991) Tuesday Blue – Tunnel Vision (1988) […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2010)

December 20, 2010

Well folks it that time of the year again. Dave is at this minute running down the 30th edition of his annual listeners poll. Lets hope lots of imagination and new irish music will be in evidence.. For those of you unable to tune in here’s a live blog of the results as they come […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1986)

July 20, 2010

I have in my possession a number of cassettes recorded over a series of nights late in 1986 when Dave ran down the 50 successful entries and some of those that didn’t quite make it into that year’s Fab Fifty. Some of the tracks from these particular tapes have made it into previous posts but […]

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2008 & 2009)

November 27, 2009

I stopped listening about 20 years ago but the Fab Fifty is 29 this year. Looking at last years chart I see only 4 irish acts and those are; U2 (5 entries), Snow Patrol (2), Horslips and The Undertones. I think Dave should revamp the chart and restrict it to music released in the previous […]

Fanning In The News..

July 1, 2009

The panic station?, Hot Press, 15 April 2002 Rumours that the Dave Fanning sessions were to be dropped have been refuted, although Pete Holidai, one of the producers, did receive a letter thanking him for his contribution, thereby adding fuel to the speculation that the sessions were indeed gone. However, Ian Wilson is happy to […]

Engine Alley (1995 Acoustic Session)

February 7, 2020

From Kilkenny, Engine Alley were for this 1995 Dave Fanning acoustic session; Canice Kenealy (vocals, guitar), Brian Kenealy (guitar) and Eamonn Byrne (bass). Thanks to Michael Mee for supplying the cassette tape. Engine Alley have resumed gigging so catch them while you can. Steal Your Money (1995) I Spy (1995) So Low (1995)

In Tua Nua (In Concert 1985)

January 12, 2020

Seeing Leslie Dowdall on the Late Late Show on Friday reminded us of this 1985 recording from the Dave Fanning show. Broadcast in two 30 minutes segments over different weeks but kindly preserved and digitised for us by Tim Barnes. In Tua Nua are/were Leslie Dowdall, Paul Byrne, Jack Dublin, Martin Clancy, Ivan O’Shea, Steve […]

Larry Gogan R.I.P.

January 7, 2020

Tom Dunne paid fitting tribute on his Newstalk show the evening the sad news reached us that esteemed broadcaster Larry Gogan had died. We were struck by how supportive Larry had been of local music and the number of bands he played on his shows who might not have been used to national airtime outside […]

A House Is Dead – Vicar Street Dec 12th 2019

December 8, 2019

This Thursday in Vicar Street, Dave Couse & Fergal Bunbury will bring their A House Is Dead project to the stage one final time. Here are some of the recent radio appearances followed by some words by Fergal on facebook. Dave Fanning  (2fm 24th Nov 2019) For The Record – Dan Hegarty (2fm 27th Nov […]

Those Handsome Devils (1984 Session)

December 3, 2019

We’ve been on the lookout for this session for some time so hats off to Seán Dee for doing the business this time round. Those Handsome Devils were Seán Foy (guitar & vocals), Pat Harte (bass), Frank Rynne (guitar) and Johnny Bonnie (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning on Feb 20th 1984. Correction: […]

Bohinta (1993 Session)

September 9, 2019

Bohinta were for this 1993 Dave Fanning session – Martin Furey (vocals, guitar, whistles, pipes), Aine Furey (vocals, bodhran), Greig Stewart (drums), Dave McCleod (bass), Roy Marchbank (guitars, mandolin), Nell (fiddle) and Tally (bodhran). The session was produced by Ian Wilson. There are 3 albums listed on discogs: a compilation ‘Bohinta’ (1996) featuring a further […]

Kristin Hersh (1994 Session)

September 4, 2019

Kristin Hersh first came to prominence as a member of Throwing Muses. In 1994 she released a solo album ‘Hips and Makers’ and on April 2nd she performed an in-store at Tower Records. There are no Irish dates listed on the official site but presumably on the occasion of this visit she also recorded this […]

Scheer (1993 Session)

September 3, 2019

From Maghera and Magherafelt in County Derry, Scheer were Audrey Gallagher (vocals), Neal Calderwood (lead guitar), Paddy Leyden (rhythm guitar), PJ Doherty and later Peter Fleming (bass) and Joe Bates (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1993. The band released two albums, Infliction (1996) on 4AD and ‘… And Finally’ (2000) on […]

Radiators ‘Ghostown’ preview (1979)

August 25, 2019

On June 9th 1979, Philip Chevron visited Dave Fanning at RTE to preview ‘Ghostown’ the second album by The Radiators. Produced by Tony Visconti this album was to prove a leap musically for the Dublin band but the release had been delayed by a year. Now some 40 years later the album has been reissued […]

TV

August 14, 2019

Prompted by RTEArchives recent tweet on ‘Aspects of Rock’ we decided to compile a list of TV shows on the national broadcasters dedicated to rock music or which regularly featured musical performance by Irish acts. Thank you irishrock.org for a good starting point. We have a YouTube channel with 42 playlists collecting clips from many […]

Perfect Crime (1982 Session)

June 21, 2019

We recently posted an excellent tribute to Gregory Gray by Tom Robinson. Gregory recorded a session with Perfect Crime for the Dave Fanning show in 1982 and thanks to Colm Kavanagh we now have one of those tracks. If you have any of the remaining tracks, the Fanning interview or indeed copies of any Hot […]

A Wee Night For Uaneen (2001)

June 10, 2019

‘A Wee Night For Uaneen’ was a tribute concert in memory of the much loved RTE 2fm broadcaster Uaneen Fitzimons who died tragically on 22nd November 2000. The show took place on Sunday 4th March 2001 in the Olympia Theatre and featured Ash, Bell X1, The Blue Nile, Paddy Casey, The Devlins, The Frames, David […]

Gregory Gray (Tom Robinson Tribute)

May 18, 2019

Coleraine born singer/songwriter Gregory Gray aka Mary Cigarettes died on April 25th 2019 at the age of 59. Born Paul Lerwill, Gregory started out at 19 as a guitarist in the 1970s teen group Rosetta Stone. He left the band changing his name to Gregory Gray and formed Perfect Crime who released two singles ‘Brave’ […]

Snowblindwaltz (1991)

May 13, 2019

From Galway, Snowblindwaltz were Dave Holland (guitar & vocals), Brian Coady (bass), Pete Kelly (drums) and Michael Gallagher (vocals & guitar). They released a compilation of demos ‘Unseen and Unheard’ (1993) and an album ‘Sheer’ (1996). ‘Promises From Room 9’ (1999) was recorded but never officially released. Dave Fanning played a number of their demos. […]

Davy Dunne & The Boyband Three (2001 Session)

February 18, 2019

Davy Dunne & The Boyband Three were Davy Dunne (vocals, guitar), Martin Quinn (guitar), James Quinn (keyboards), Derek Finnegan (bass) and Andrew Quinn (drums). They recorded this 2fm session for Dave Fanning on Sep 10th and 11th 2001. Davy also recorded a session with The McCluskey’s if anyone has a copy. My Hurting Ways (2001) […]

Thee Amazing Colossal Men (Live in Studio)

January 19, 2019

Thee Amazing Colossal Men were Joey Barry (vocals), Garret Lee (guitar & vocals), John Sullivan / Sid Rainey (bass), Paul O’Brien (drums) and Declan O’Sullivan (keyboards). We suspect these two tracks were recorded when they dropped in to Dave Fanning at 2fm on the release of their album ‘Totale’ but are open to correction. Harbour […]

2018 in review

January 7, 2019

We don’t do new year resolutions but every now and again it is worth taking stock. In 2018 we published 60 posts. The site received 28,704 visitors who viewed 62,650 posts and left 88 comments. We digitised all of Pat’s tapes and then some, approximately 200 in total. We conducted our first interview and were […]

Ian Wilson retires from RTÉ

January 6, 2019

On the occasion of Ian Wilson‘s last official day at RTÉ before retirement he crossed the corridor for a chat with Dave Fanning and Jim Lockhart. Over the next 30 mins they reminisced in usual fashion with Dave reading out some tributes received from among others; The Atrix, The Hitchers, Orange Fettishes, Grevious Angels and […]

No More Fab Fifty?

December 21, 2018

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 […]

Oliver Brothers Incorporated (1985)

December 17, 2018

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 […]

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

November 28, 2018

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 […]

The Dry Season (1990 Demo)

November 7, 2018

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 […]

This Certain Kind

October 30, 2018

On Sunday morning last Dave Fanning spoke to Anthony Cully of This Certain Kind. 20 years after the band broke up and thanks to some demos posted on YouTube the band are now set to feature on the latest compilation release by German label Firestation Records ‘The Sound Of Leamington Spa Volume 9‘. The CD […]

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. […]

Woodstar (2002 Session)

October 8, 2018

In 2002 2fm sessions were spread across 2 shows; Dave Fanning and Jay Ahern. This is the first track played on Jay’s show and unfortunately the tape ran out mid song 90 minutes into the show. The session was recorded on November 4th 2002 and broadcast on Sunday December 1st. Woodstar were from Limerick and […]

Joe Henry (Interview & Tour)

September 10, 2018

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Grammy winning producer Joe Henry is currently in Ireland on a writing residency at the Burren College having just produced an album for Rhiannon Giddens in Dublin. He is taking the opportunity to do a solo acoustic tour of the west coast and will be playing the following dates: Sept 15 Ceol […]

Imelda’s Boyfriend (Demo)

May 14, 2018

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), […]

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

May 6, 2018

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 […]

Vinyl Dublin 5th-7th May 2018

May 3, 2018

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 […]

The Hellfire Club (1989 Session)

April 19, 2018

  It’s been too long, thank you Paul McArdle of The Hellfire Club for kicking us into renewed action. The Hellfire Club were Tom Doyle (vocals/guitar), Joe Ussher (lead guitar/vocals/piano), John Doyle (bass), Paul McArdle and later Mark Downing (drums). They recorded a Dave Fanning session in studio 8 on March 14th 1989. There were 4 tracks […]

Damien Dempsey (1996 Session)

February 14, 2018

On Sunday Dave Fanning looked at Irish Hip Hop with guests Mango and Mathman. The piece featured a clip from the 1993 Scary Eire session but it was talk of another session that got us scrambling in the attic. Four years before the release of his debut album Damien Dempsey recorded a session and by all accounts […]

The Cranberries (In Concert 1993)

January 21, 2018

  We are still in shock at the very sad news of Dolores O’Riordan. There have been many great tributes and this morning Dave Fanning and Ian Wilson remembered Dolores by playing clips from this 1993 interview. Thanks to a reader we now have a recording of a live show by The Cranberries at the […]

Pat’s Tapes

January 5, 2018

Over the years we have been fortunate to come across a number of folk generous enough to entrust us with their tape collections. Lightning struck again recently when producer/director/presenter Pat O’Mahony dropped 103 demo tapes from his personal collection on our doorstep. Regular listeners to the Dave Fanning show in the years 1990 to 1997 will […]

The Saviours (1988 Session)

November 22, 2017

From Portstewart & Portrush, The Saviours were left to right; John “Junior” Young (bass), Rory Fidgeon (guitar), Paul Gault (vocals), Philip Cartin (drums) and Tim Brolly (guitar).  They had previously recorded a number of demos as The Subterraneans but changed their name due to the Dublin act of the same name. They later became Mystic Reign and […]

Katell Keineg (1991 Session)

November 21, 2017

Katell Keineg is a Breton-Welsh singer-songwriter based in Wales who lived for a time in Ireland. We believe this session dates from 1991 and was recorded live on the Dave Fanning show although Dave may have been absent on this particular night. There were at least 2 tracks performed ‘Watergrasshill’ and ‘Caution To The Wind’. […]

The Saw Doctors (1990 Session)

November 13, 2017

Tuam’s finest, The Saw Doctors recorded a session for Dave Fanning in June 1990. One of the tracks ‘Captain Joe Fiddle’s’ was released as a B side and the 3 remaining tracks feature below. According to irishrock.org the original lineup of the band were Dave Carton (ex Blaze X) (vocals & guitar), Leo Moran (ex All Cats […]

Hothouse Flowers (1985 Session)

November 9, 2017

The Hothouse Flowers recorded a session for Dave Fanning on October 8th 1985. It featured 4 tracks; ‘Worksong’, ‘Baby’s Coming Home’, ‘Fatman’ and ‘Blues Inc’. We suspect one of these tracks featured here and that we have now located two further songs from the session. The first of these features once again the multi talented […]

New Holland (1985 Session)

October 26, 2017

We have minimal information on this session from New Holland. They won a Battle of The Bands competition in the Ivy Rooms  judged by among others Dave Fanning and Dave G Kelly with the winning prize the opportunity to record a session. If anyone can name the band members or provide a photo please get […]

Backwards Into Paradise (1986 Session) revisited

October 3, 2017

The ever reliable Blackpool Sentinel yesterday published another excellent read on local favourites Into Paradise. As serendipity would have it we also just received a recording from Colm in Arklow of a session previously posted but now with better audio so we’ve decided what the heck. The session recorded for Dave Fanning on Jan 13th […]

Cry Before Dawn (1984 Session)

September 30, 2017

From Wexford, Cry Before Dawn were Brendan Wade (vocals, acoustic guitar, uileann pipes and whistle), Tony Hall (electric guitar), Vince Doyle (bass) and Pat Hayes (drums). On June 25th 1984 they recorded 3 tracks for the Dave Fanning show; ‘Follow Me’, ‘Cry For Me’ and ‘Pain Of Life’. Thank you Colm for digging out the session […]

In Tua Nua (1988)

September 27, 2017

This unreleased track by In Tua Nua was recorded live on the Dave Fanning show when the band dropped in to celebrate the launch of their second album ‘The Long Acre’ in late 1988. In Tua Nua are about to set out on their first Irish tour since that same year. Jealous Knife (1988)

Sultans of Ping (1990 Session)

September 7, 2017

According to this demo cassette the Sultans of Ping FC were Niall O Flaherty (vocals), Tex Chism (bass), Pat O Connell (guitar) and Ger Lyons (drums). They recorded their first session for Dave Fanning on December 3rd 1990. A different source of this session featuring 3 of the 4 tracks can be found here. The […]

Imelda’s Boyfriend (1990 Demo)

August 29, 2017

Imelda’s Boyfriend were John Hoverty (vocals & guitar), Terry Rainey (guitar), Maurice Kelly (bass) and Sean O’Connor (drums). John left the band a little while after the recording and Maurice took over vocals and guitar.  Paul Flanagan joined and took over on bass and was replaced by Morgan Hughes after Paul left. Maurice, Terry and Sean were […]

The Story of Irish Rock

August 22, 2017

Whilst we enjoyed the diversions provided by ‘Dave Fanning’s Story of Irish Rock‘ and Tom Dunne’s Greatest Irish Albums, ultimately both frustrated by covering much of the usual ground. Happily ‘Irish Nuggets‘ came to the rescue and filled that void with 138 minutes of music you will unfortunately never hear on Irish radio. The latest […]

Visual Eyes – RTE Guide (1986)

July 20, 2017

We’ve stumbled across a source of RTE Guides from the 80s so of course we requested articles featuring Dave Fanning. The first hit is an article from August 15th 1986 previewing new TV series ‘Visual Eyes‘. The 40 minute interview with Janis Long on BBC Radio 1 has us intrigued – who were the 28 […]

“Who is Thomas McLaughlin?”

July 17, 2017

On Saturday 15th August 2017, one week ahead of U2’s gig in Croke Park, Dave Fanning looked back at the original ‘Joshua Tree’ gig in 1987. Two of the guests reminiscing about life around U2 thirty years ago were Steve Averill and Thomas McLoughlin. Thomas McLaughlin was lead singer of Light a Big Fire who […]

The Little Fish (1989 Session)

July 15, 2017

From Galway, The Little Fish were Jimmy Fitzgerald (vocals & guitar), Brendan Duffy (guitar), Turlough Moore (bass) and Kieran Joyce (drums). On 14th November 1989 they recorded a 4 track session for Dave Fanning featuring ‘All about Eddy’, ‘Connemara Girl’, ‘Garden Gate’ and ‘Piece of your courage’. Fans of the band will be interested to […]

Alice Springs (1988 Session)

June 5, 2017

From Dublin, Alice Springs were Eamonn McGowran (vocals), Paul Rogers, (guitar), Kieran Butler (bass) and Justin Healy (drums). Justin would later feature in The Forget Me Nots, The Golden Horde, Interference, LiR, The 4 Of Us, Glee Club and The Late Late Show House band! They released a number of demos from which we have further […]

Green Sleeves – The Irish Printed Record Cover 1955-2017

May 14, 2017

The National Print Museum at the Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin 4 is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Green Sleeves‘ which looks at the Irish record cover from 1955 to the present day. Curated by Dr Ciarán Swan and Niall McCormack (Jubilee Allstars and hitone.ie) the exhibition runs until 1 October 2017 and admission is free. The two […]

DJs / Radio Shows

April 2, 2017

Jay Ahern Mickey Bradley Mark Cagney Dave Couse Alison Curtis Donal Dineen Tom Dunne BP Fallon Dave Fanning Uaneen Fitzimons Cathal Funge Dan Hegarty Dave Heffernan John Kelly Andy Kershaw Paul McLoone Mickey’s Monkey Nadine O’Regan John Peel Gerry Ryan

Wheels On Fire (live recordings 1987-1989)

February 18, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we posted a demo played by Dave Fanning of an at the time unidentified band from Lahinch, Co. Clare. We now know the band were  Wheels on Fire and have identified the members as Jennie McGrath and Anne Parker (vocals), Paul O’Brien & Anthony Edwards (guitars), Maureen Comber (bass) and […]

Breaking Out – Fergus O’Farrell (Interference) documentary

February 6, 2017

Michael McCormack (Dave Fanning Interview, 2017) On Sunday following a sold out all star tribute show in Cork and ahead of a similar show in Dublin, Dave Fanning was joined by filmmaker Michael McCormack. Michael has spent the last 10 years working on a documentary about the Interference frontman Fergus O’Farrell. The project is now in it’s […]

Wheels On Fire (1987 Demo)

January 27, 2017

From Lahinch, Wheels On Fire were Jennie McGrath (vocals), Anne Parker (vocals), Paul O’Brien (guitar), Anthony Edwards (guitar), Maureen Comber (bass) and Teresa O’Brien (drums). Dave Fanning played this demo track in 1990. Thank you Anthony and Kenny for providing the missing details. Any chance of a band photo? 🙂 Beach Walking (1987)

The Citadels (2003 Session)

January 19, 2017

From Cork, The Citadels recorded a 2003 Studio 8 session for the 2fm Dave Fanning and Jay Ahern shows. The band were Cormac O’Caoimh (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fergal O Leary (bass), Arthur O’Leary (keyboards), Barry Desmond (drums), Aoife Regan (vocals) and Eoghan Regan (electric guitar). Cormac O Caoimh will release his fourth solo album ‘Shiny Silvery […]

Check It Out (RTE Guide, 31 March 1989)

January 17, 2017

A Dave Fanning piece in the March 31 1989 edition of the RTE Guide promoting a new TV show ‘Check It Out’ which will feature 2 tracks each from 14 up and coming acts. Dave details the bands in alphabetical order but runs out of space after 7. The profiled 7 are Belsonic Sound, Blue […]

Thomas McLaughlin – Aughnacloy

January 14, 2017

Former frontman of Light A Big Fire, Thomas McLaughlin self released a solo album in 1992 called ‘Sky Guitar‘ (artwork on the way). This track featured although we don’t know if that is the source of this track which featured on the Dave Fanning Show. Thanks to Paul for tipping us off to this particular […]