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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 […]

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) […]

Dave Heffernan

December 14, 2010

I recently discovered Dave Heffernan’s ‘Guaranteed Irish‘ show on 4FM and have since been enjoying his mix of Irish music from the 60s right through till the present day. He features occasional interviews with contemporary musicians many of which are archived on the 4FM website. Dave has a long history in the music business, I […]

Cork and The Arcadia (RTÉ TV Documentary 2017)

January 27, 2019

On July 20th 2017 RTÉ One broadcast the documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ looking at the role the Cork music venue played in the career of a nascent U2. In typical ‘No Disco’ guerilla fashion however the 24 minute documentary managed to cover a whole lot more. Other acts to feature include Mean Features, Nun […]

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

December 13, 2018

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 […]

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

Pat Shortt’s Music for D’Telly

October 12, 2015

A great piece by Colm O’Callaghan for The Blackpool Sentinel today tipped us off to a new music show in the RTE schedule. Like us Colm is a fan of Dave Heffernan and used watch ‘Anything Goes‘ religiously of a Saturday morning – for the music segment. Ten years after the Des Bishop hosted ‘Reverb’, […]

The Session (1987-1988)

September 14, 2015

Wednesday nights at 10.30pm TG4 are airing a 1987 RTE TV series produced by Frontier Films called ‘The Session‘. Recorded before a live audience the series features a mix of American and Irish musicians performing together. Our favourite episode sticks out like a sore thumb – a rock episode featuring 3 sets from Paul Cleary […]

And NUN Came Back – A tribute to Finbarr Donnelly (1962 – 1989)

June 18, 2014

Tonight The Pavilion, Cork pays tribute to Finbarr Donnelly. Donnelly fronted seminal Cork bands Nun Attax, Five go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven between 1978 and his untimely death in London’s Serpentine in 1989. To commemorate 25 years since his passing on June the 18th Ricky Dineen has put together ..and NUN Came Back, […]

The Radiators From Space

July 26, 2012

“Ireland’s first punk band” accoording to George Byrne, The Radiators From Space released their debut single ‘Television Screen‘ in early 1977 inspiring a host of young Irish bands to follow suit. Formed in 1975, The Radiators were Steve Rapid (vocals), Phil Chevron (guitar & vocals), Pete Holidai (guitar & vocals), Mark Megaray (bass) and Jimmy […]

50 Years Of RTE (#RTETV50)

February 8, 2012

RTE TV celebrates it’s 50th birthday this year and is using the occasion to feature a selection of archive content online and in the regular TV schedule. The highlight so far round these parts was the David Heffernan documentary on Phil Lynott. Dave is familiar to readers of this site as he was the face […]

New Philip Lynott documentary (2012)

December 30, 2011

As part of their 50 year celebrations RTE has commissioned a new documentary on Phil Lynott from producer/director Dave Heffernan. Titled ‘The Philip Lynott Archive’ the one hour documentary includes rare footage of Thin Lizzy as well as the first screening of a fully restored version of the promo for the 1982 single ‘Old Town‘. […]

Anything Goes (1980 – 1986)

October 12, 2011

‘Anything Goes’ was a “young people’s show on RTÉ Television as part of development of young people’s programming”. First broadcast on 4 October 1980 it continued for 6 years. Presenters on the show were Kathy Parke, Aonghus McAnally, Mary FitzGerald, David Heffernan and Mary Frances Calayco. I will add to the list of musical acts […]

The End for ‘Guaranteed Irish’?

June 25, 2011

I wanted to say a few words about 4FM. I’ve been a regular listener to the station, well for two hours on a Sunday at least, for the last six months ever since I discovered Dave Heffernan’s ‘Guaranteed Irish‘ show. Well it appears my Sundays are about to become free again because Dave quietly announced […]

Rocky de Valera and The Rhythm Kings

March 30, 2011

The Rhythm Kings were Rocky de Valera (vocals), Martin ‘The Lizard’ Meagher (lead guitar), Ritchie ‘Milkboy’ Taylor (rhythm guitar), Eamon ‘The Individual’ Murray (sax, harmonica, b.vox), Mark ‘Clint’ Clinton (bass) and Eugene ‘Southside Geno’ Levins (drums). They were a blues boogie/pubrock band who existed in an earlier incarnation as Rocky de Valera & The Gravediggers. […]

Guaranteed Irish Wishlist

March 30, 2011

We’re fans of Dave Heffernan’s 4FM show ‘Guaranteed Irish‘ on this blog and some time back put out the word that they were looking for obscure requests. It paid off and we managed to hear a few of our own personal favourites played of a Sunday night. However it looks like Dave and producer Brendan […]

‘Guaranteed Irish’

January 14, 2011

‘Guaranteed Irish‘ is the title of Dave Heffernan‘s Sunday evening show on 4FM from 6-8pm. Last week’s show was a good one with some personal faves making an appearance and I didn’t even send in a request. As Dave himself says “the more obscure the better”. I wonder have a few readers of this blog […]

TV / Radio 2010 Highlights

December 27, 2010

One thing I like about the end of the year is the round up shows looking back at guests that have appeared or performed in the studio over the past year. Dave Fanning used do this and I have a few great mixtapes as proof. I also have an excerpt of one Gerry Ryan did […]

Fab 50 Part 4 (1986)

December 18, 2010

The fourth installment of the 1986 Fab 50. Don’t forget the 2010 edition kicks off on Dave’s show this Monday. Also tune into Dave Heffernan‘s show on 4FM for some quality tunes.. 31. Tuesday Blue – I’m So Scared (Demo) (1986) 30. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars (1985) 29. PiL – Rise (1986) 28. […]

Gavin Friday & Maria McKee (1992)

July 5, 2010

We recently came across a tape recording of a Gerry Ryan Unplugged show, where Gerry devoted an hour to live recordings of tracks performed by guests on his show over the previous 12 months. These guests included Gavin Friday & Maria McKee, Honor Heffernan, Luka Bloom, Frances Black & Kieran Goss, Nigel Kennedy, The Golden […]

On The Waterfront (1992)

March 7, 2010

‘On The Waterfront’ was an RTE music programme from 1992. It was produced by Gerald Heffernan for Frontier Films and consisted of 14 half-hour rock music shows shot at the Waterfront Cafe in Dublin. The series was presented by stars from Alan Parker’s film “The Commitments”. I had a bunch of episodes on VHS but […]