Archive for the Barry Martin Category

Barry Martin on Limerick pirate Sound Channel 98.7FM

Posted in Barry Martin, Music with tags , on September 27, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Today’s post has been on the to do list for quite some time but the activities of the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame and their touring Irish Pirate Radio Exhibition finally pushed us over the edge. Yours truly spent a number of formative years living in Limerick and the weekends were rendered significantly more pleasant thanks to the efforts of a certain show on a local pirate radio station. The show in question was hosted by Barry Martin and featured a healthy dollop of indie interspersed with more classic alternative fare with jazz and spoken word thrown in for good measure. The show went out late at the weekend on Sound Channel 98.7 FM. Further details escape but thankfully circa 90 minutes of recordings of said show survive across a number of cassette tapes and have now been digitised and uploaded for posterity. Credit for the newspaper scan goes to Ian B and can be found on Liam Byrne’s Limerick Radio Site.

At The Window (1987 Session)

Posted in Barry Martin, demo, Music, radio with tags , on February 14, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

It’s hard to believe this blog has been going so long and even harder to believe I never posted this before. At The Window featured 3 years ago with a personal favourite ‘State Aid‘ recorded as part of a Fanning session. That track struck a chord with other readers and recently seekenee managed to dig out some video footage of the band performing that song for RTE’s ‘Visual Eyes‘. Today I have what I believe to be a demo recorded by the band and broadcast by Barry Martin on Limerick pirate radio station The Sound Channel in the late 80s. I could be wrong as a number of unidentified tracks posted prove but my own handwriting states that this is At The Window so here goes. If anyone has any further details on the band please get in touch or even better leave a comment. Also thank you for the excellent comments on my recent manifesto. If anyone has any pull at RTE now is your chance.. Update: thanks to two readers we now have the band lineup, it was Nick Knight (guitars, pedals) Eamonn Lenihan (bass, vocals), Paul Lehane (drums) and a song title.

White Sheets (1987)

Private World (1987 Demo)

Posted in Barry Martin, demo, Music with tags , on July 16, 2010 by Fanning Sessions


Limerick band Private World were active from 1987 until 1990 and comprised Pearse Gilmore (vocals), Brian Kelly (guitar), James Hanley (keyboards), Declan Hogan (bass) and Seamus O Muircheartaigh (drums). They released a single ‘Blue Gem Sea’ on Xeric Records in 1989. In 1990 they featured on the Xeric compilation of Limerick bands ‘The Reindeer Age‘ with ‘Change The Room’. Today’s track was taken from an early demo called ‘Severity’ and was recorded off the Barry Martin show on Limerick pirate radio station Sound Channel (98.7 FM stereo) in 1987. More details at the Limerick Band Archive.

Red Grass (Demo,1987)