Archive for the Fanning Category

The Conspiracy (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on September 9, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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The Conspiracy were Greg Pearle (vocals), Eamon Mitchell (guitar), Keith Geraghty (bass) and Michael Dunphy (drums). There was at least one further track in this 1989 session but unfortunately our tape ran out. We do have a demo ‘Say Goodbye’ which we’ll save for a future post. Eamon Mitchell kindly shared some memories with us on facebook..

The band formed in 1988 out of the ashes of the defunct indie band No Time To Cry. We performed supporting gigs in the Baggot Inn, The Tivoli and The Underground. We played a venue in Galway called Riffs beside where Monroes is now. We won a Battle of the Bands hosted by Leslie Dowdall in Raheny in 1988. We then recorded some demos in Temple Lane Studios. In 1989 we recorded a session for the Dave Fanning RTE 2FM radio show. By summer 1989 we had a loyal following and started headlining our own gigs in the Baggot Inn and Charlie’s on Aungier Street. Charlie McGettigan took over as manager and the band got some high profile gigs supporting Aslan (without Christy). At one point Paul McGuinness came to the Baggot to check us out. Alas London was calling and the band packed up and headed for the big smoke. With a new manager and a management contract signed the band set out to play the Rock Garden in Covent Garden, the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden supporting The Dixons where after our set Dave Fanning burst in with cans of Castlemaine XXXX for the band raving about the gig. The band supported The Fat Lady Sings in the Borderline before heading back to Dublin disheartened and still under contract. While licking our wounds we auditioned for The Commitments.We performed 2 songs for Alan Parker and he said he liked the band the best out of all the auditions but alas we were a rock band and The Commitments were to be a soul band. The band limped on during summer of 1990 and with in house fighting and the dreaded musical differences we broke up in July 1990 not before our swansong gig in Charlie’s supported by a very young Pale and a very very young Lir…time to pass the torch.

Servant (1989)

Ten In The Night (1989)

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2

Posted in Books, Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , on April 3, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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We were first reminded of this publication on the occasion of Gregory Gray‘s passing and the excellent Tom Robinson tribute. One of the people Tom spoke to was Noel McLaughlin, co-author with Martin McLoone of an academic publication on Irish music ‘Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2‘. We tracked down a recording of the 2012 interview with the authors on the Dave Fanning show and promptly did nothing more. Reading an excellent piece by Colm O’Callaghan for the Blackpool Sentinel ‘The Rats vs Ireland’s Showbands‘ however reminded us again of the book and the interview. We don’t have a copy but our local library does so we were able to read the chapter on Gregory. Posting the interview now for posterity.

showbands
them / van morrison
the method
sean campbell ‘english blood, irish heart’
rory gallagher
u2
horslips
sinead o’connor
gregory gray

Dave Fanning’s Irish Show (March 1984)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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 haven’t been able to identify so if you know your 80s Irish rock then please put us out of our misery.

u2 – surrender
max – song number 6 (session)
undertones – you’re welcome (live)
the outcasts (1981 session)
auto da fe – bad experience
some kind of wonderful – do you read my letter
pop mecanics – round & round (1984 session)
blue in heaven – say (demo)
blades – revelations of heartbreak
cuba dares (session)
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microdisney – hello rascals
gerry cott? – ballad of the lone ranger

Davy Dunne & The Boyband Three (2001 Session)

Posted in Fanning, session with tags on February 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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)

Bitter Hole (2001)

Talkin Bout A Doobie (2001)

I’m Just Not Myself Today (2001)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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 site so stay tuned..

Listen back to the Fab 50 via the RTE Player: part 1 and part 2.

50. rag’n’bone man – human
49. mic christopher – heyday
48. red hot chilli peppers – scar tissue
47. flaming lips – do you realise?
46. david bowie – where are we now?
45. bon iver – holocene?
44. johnny cash – hurt
43. the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
42. lcd soundsystem – someone great
41. war on drugs – red eyes
40. gorillaz – feel good inc
39. mgmt – electric feel
38. raconteurs – steady as she goes
37. coldplay – fix you
36. bellx1 – the great defector
35. kasabian – fire
34. kings of leon – use somebody
33. arcade fire – intervention
32. the national – bloodbuzz ohio
31. daft punk – get lucky
30. amy winehouse – rehab
29. the temper trap – sweet disposition
28. mgmt – kids
27. arcade fire – everything now
26. u2 – every breaking wave
25. yeah yeah yeahs – maps
24. kurt vile – pretty pimpin
23. the national – fake empire
22. coldplay – yellow
21. radiohead – everything in its right place
20. florence & the machine – dog days are over
19. eminem – lose yourself
18. arctic monkeys – fluorescent adolescent
17. bon iver – skinny love
16. franz ferdinand – take me out
15. mgmt – time to pretend
14. hozier – take me to church
13. future islands – seasons waiting on you
12. foster the people – pumped up kicks
11. london grammar – strong
10. arctic monkeys – do i wanna know?
09. arcade fire – rebellion
08. elbow – one day like this
07. arcade fire – wake up
06. the white stripes – seven nation army
05. the strokes – last night
04. arctic monkeys – i bet you look good on the dancefloor
03. kings of leon – sex on fire
02. lcd soundsystem – all my friends
01. the killers – mr brightside

The Switch (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on December 4, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Thanks to Ian Wilson we know The Switch recorded a 4 track session on Feb 23rd 1987. That is the sum total of our knowledge so hopefully you can help us out with further details and a band photo.

The first votes in the inaugural Fanning Sessions #AltFab50 Readers Poll have been submited, we would love to hear your 3 fave songs of 2017. While you’re at it submit them to Fanning’s Fab50 and you might win tickets to the Electric Picnic.

She Rises Over Heartache (1987)

Cover Charge  (1987)

Perfect Description (1987)

Stay (1987)

A Cow In The Water (1991 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags , on December 1, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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From Blarney in Co.Cork, A Cow In The Water were Aidan O’Connell (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Dion Harley (bass), Rory Looney (percussion), John Mollaghan (trumpet, keyboards) and John O’Shea (guitar).

To mark the 20th Anniversary of Aidan’s passing, the band are reuniting on Dec 9th to host a special evening at the Crane Lane Theatre Cork as a fundraiser for suicide awareness.

Memphis (1991)

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Fab 50 vs Festive 50 – 2017 Readers Poll?

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, Peel with tags , , on November 28, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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It’s that time of the year again, where we moan about how Fanning’s Fab 50 isn’t what it used to be. John Peel had the right idea with the Festive 50 – choose 3 favourite tracks released in the past year. We’d love to hear Dave play a show of his favourite tracks of the year. Anyway if the readers of a certain blog were to email, tweet or facebook their top 3 we could come up with our own Festive 50 to be published round about when Dave breaks out the eggnog. Anyone up for it?

The Saviours (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , on November 22, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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 recorded further demos and released 2 tracks on compilation tapes from Helden Fanzine. This session for Dave Fanning was recorded on 15th Feb 1988.

Bone Shakin Baby (1988)

High Risk Activity (1988)

Crime Of Passion (1988)

Mr Nice Guy (1988)

New Holland (1985 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on October 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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 in touch.

Take Your Time (1985)

Weekend (1985)

The Strait (1985)

The Tower (1985)

Backwards Into Paradise (1986 Session) revisited

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 3, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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 1986 featured 3 further tracks which we’d love to hear – ‘Alone Again’, ‘A Good and Honest Man’ and ‘John’. Incidentally does anyone recognise the guest host sitting in for Dave? We have it on good authority that it could be Fachtna O’Kelly but stand to be corrected. Update: Thanks to Colm we have a further track.

She Falls (1986)

A Good And Honest Man (1986)

Cry Before Dawn (1984 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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 track and to IrishRock.org for the photo.

Follow Me (1984)

Strangewaze (1992 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 29, 2017 by Fanning Sessions
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From Tullamore, Strangewaze were Jason Rabbitte (vocals & guitar),
Ferg Lenihan (bass & vocals), Soup (guitar) and Mark Molloy (drums & percussion).
For What It’s Worth (1992)

Mr Limelight (1992)

Planet Pain (1992)

The Other (1992)

 

In Tua Nua (1988)

Posted in Fanning, live, Music, radio with tags , on September 27, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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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)

Intoxicating Rhythm Section (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 19, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve been sitting on this one a little while holding out for a band photo and thank you Colm Walsh for coming up with the goods.  From Athy, Co Kildare, Intoxicating Rhythm Section (also know as The IRS) were at the time of the above photo; Mick O’Rourke (guitar), Steven Mangan (vocals), Robbie Robinson (drums), Sean MacMahon and John Byrne. This differs from the lineup detailed on our previous post so hopefully someone in the know can fill in some blanks and possibly tell us who played on the Fanning session.

Bomb Belfast With Love (1990)

She’s My Jesus (1990)

Strange Fruit  (1990)

The Dadas (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on June 24, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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The Dadas were Andy Fitzpatrick (vocals, guitar), Gráinne Tiernan (backing vocals), Maelíosa Tiernan (backing vocals), Brian O’Connor (keyboards), Dan Stuttard (bass) and Ciarán Lally (drums). Andy Fitzpatrick is a long-standing member of The Harvest Ministers as well performing as a solo artist. As luck would have it both acts have just released new albums, Andy’s is ‘Antoinette Plaza‘ whilst The Harvest Ministers have released ‘Back to Harbour‘. Watch The Dadas perform ‘Skyscrapers’ here.

Dandruff

Early Days

Good To Be Happy

Mercy Mercy

Tiberius Minnows (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , , on June 15, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Formed June 1987 in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Tiberius Minnows were Michael Rafferty (vocals), Paul Maynes (guitar), Kevin Carson (bass), Barry Corr (keyboards) and Stephen O’Sullivan (drums).  The band reconvened as The Minnows a number of years ago and are currently putting the finishing touch to their debut album. If anyone knows the year of this Fanning session please set us straight..

A Song Called Love

Elephant Man

New York City

Roonkin

Bruce Wayne Experience (Session) / Cloudberry Blog

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on May 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Today’s post was inspired by the Cloudberry Records blog, a site dedicated to digging out indiepop new and old, unearthing quite a few gems from bands close to our hearts. Roque specialises in forensic research on occasion following up with interviews, e.g. Sean A McDermott of Mickey Rourke’s Fridge. Many of the Irish bands featured have appeared here but others like the Bruce Wayne Experience prompted a visit to the attic.

The Bruce Wayne Experience were a 5 piece active from 1988 – 1991. The lineup was David O’Connor (vocals), Steve O’Connor (guitar), Steve Connaughton (bass), David Houlihan (keyboards) and Woppy (drums).

I Only Wish

Better Left Unsaid

If Only

Irish bands featured on the Cloudberry Records blog – please let us know if we’ve missed any.

Azure Days
Bruce Wayne Experience
Cherry Brogues
Cliff Edge Panic
Crocodile Tears
Cuba Dares
Cypress Mine!
Donnelly Brothers
Donnelly Brothers (Interview)
Empty Shell
Feargal is the Applejack
Guernica
Hasbeens
Holsteins
Outpatients
Premonition
Red Circus
Rex and Dino
Scale the Heights
Shocking Stockings
Skips
Sleepwalkers
Slowest Clock (Interview)
Wilder
Wilderness Years
Wrong Door Raid
Gradapenda Rosindale

 

Check It Out (RTE Guide, 31 March 1989)

Posted in Fanning, Music, TV with tags , on January 17, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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 in Heaven, The Big Noise, The Carrellines, The DixonsThe Dixons, The Fireflys, The Golden Horde. The remaining 7 were Interference, Missing Link, Paul Cleary & The Partisans, Stars of Heaven, The Stunning, The Swinging Swine and Swim. Thanks to Dave for digging out and scanning this article.If you like retro scans be sure to check out Brand New Retro.

Andy White (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on November 23, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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From Belfast, Andy White recorded a Fanning session on December 4th 1989. Andy has just released a career spanning box set and is on tour in the UK  before playing Whelan’s on December 29th. Andy will be the focus of an hour long profile on the Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music show on Saturday December 3rd at 9pm.

6 String Street (1989)

The Pale Moonlight (1989)

Raspberry Beret (1989)

Your Cheating Heart (1989)

Vision Of You (1989)

Hinterland (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on November 19, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

hinterland-pressDonal Coghlan who sadly passed away and that prompted a trip to the attic to look for a copy of the Hinterland Fanning session. Recorded in studio 8 on May 16th 1990 the session features Donal Coghlan (vocals, bass, keyboards), Gerry Leonard (guitar) and Wayne Sheehy (drums). For more on Hinterland start here.

God’s Reverb (1990)

Reporter  (1990)

Stanley’s Minutes (1990)

Desert Boots (1990)

My Little Funhouse (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on November 16, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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Kilkenny’s My Little Funhouse were formed by Alan Lawlor (vocals), Anthony Morrissey (guitar), Brendan Morrissey (guitar), Gary Deevy (bass). They later recruited Derek Maher (drums) who left in 1993 to be replaced by Graham Hopkins (drums).

Catholic Boy (1991)

Rachel (1991)

Raintown (1991)

The Sweetest Dream (1991)

Hoover Clinic (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on November 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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From the northside of Dublin, Hoover Clinic were from right to left Kieran Dalton (guitar), Dermot Behan (guitar), Alan Caffery (lead vocal & bass) and John Lawlor (drums). This Fanning session was recorded circa 1990.

Runaway (1990)

Funky Love (1990)

Conscience  (1990)

Scandal  (1990)

Dan Hegarty – Buried Treasure Volume 2

Posted in Books, dan hegarty, Fanning, Music with tags , , on October 5, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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Hard to believe it’s been a year since 2fm’s Dan Hegarty published his first book ‘Buried Treasure‘. 12 months on Dan is back with Volume 2 and the standard is just as high. We won’t spoil the surprise but we thought you might like to know which Irish acts feature.

Dan chose albums by Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ, Something Happens!, Stano, Cuckoo, The Edge, Japanese Popstars, Nina Hynes, Kid Silver, Melodica Deathship, The Frank & Walters, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The High Llamas, Dr Strangely Strange, Electric Penguins, The Immediate, Scheer, Interference, The Fat Lady Sings, Hinterland, Funeral Suits, Mark Geary, Cane141, Joe Chester, Jape, Jacknife Lee, Sultans Of Ping, The Thrills, Giveamanakick, Snow Patrol, The Hormones, Sleep Thieves, U2. In addition there are features on Setanta Records and God Is An Astronaut.

Dan’s guest contributors (who themselves make for an interesting list) chose; One Day International, Jinx Lennon, Declan O’Rourke, The Stunning, Perry Blake, The Divine Comedy, Paul Brady, The Plague Monkeys, Goodtime and David Holmes.

The book is out now on Liberties Press and will be in your local bookstore by the end of the month.

Dan Hegarty – Dave Fanning interview (2016)

Ian Dury – Dave Fanning Interview (1981)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , , on September 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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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)

 

Neuro (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on December 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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From Waterford, Neuro were Aeon aka Shay Morris (vocals), Paul Butler (guitar), Ciaran Barry (bass) and Pat Grant (drums). Photo by band manager Eoin Ronayne and courtesy irishrock.org. Their debut single ‘Nairobi’ released in 1982 on WEA was recorded at Windmill Lane and produced by Barry Devlin. Paul Butler is currently active with Propeller Palms.

Lost In The Crowd

New Age

Nairobi

Plastic

The Village (1985 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on December 3, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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From Waterford The Village were Paddy Jacob (vocals), Mick Heery (guitar), Paul Condon (bass) and Paul Moyser (drums). They recorded this session for the RTE Radio 2 Dave Fanning show on November 19th 1985. Photo courtesy irishrock.org. Watch them perform single ‘Mental State’ on RTE show ‘Visual Eyes’ here. Updating 9/10/2017, had incorrectly labelled ‘Life is a Stranger’, adding correct track, thanks Colm.

Life Is A Stranger (1985)

June In Me (1985)

Fear of Time (1985)

Sacrifice (1985)

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute (2000)

Posted in Fanning, radio with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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When we first heard about this particular tape we thought it was a recording of an Uaneen show but it turned out to be 45 minutes of a Dave Fanning tribute to Uaneen broadcast a month after her tragic death. It makes for sad listening but is also very touching and so we have decided to share. We hope her friends and family do not mind us sharing, please let us know if this is not the case. If anyone has a nice recording of an Uaneen show we’d love to share that also. Uaneen of course needs no introduction, she was the face of ‘No Disco‘ post Donal Dineen and host to her own RTE 2FM show in the slot after Dave Fanning. ‘No Disco’ also paid tribute with a special show compiling many of her interviews.

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute on Dave Fanning Show (2000)

The Sultans of Ping F.C. (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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The Sultans of Ping F.C. recorded this, their second session for Dave Fanning in January 1993. At the time the band was Morty McCarthy (drums), Pat O’Connell (guitar), Niall O’Flaherty (vocals and harmonica) and Alan McFeely (bass).

U Talk 2 Much (1993)

Armitage Shanks (1993)

Karaoke Queen (1993)

A House (1987 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio, session with tags , , on October 31, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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How do I casually mention that Mr Dave Couse is back on our airwaves from Monday 3rd November filling in for Paul McLoone on TodayFM? How about another Dave Fanning interview? This one features ‘I Think I’m Going Mad’ (live), ‘Call Me Blue’ (brand new single out 11th July), ‘You Break Me Up’ (live), ‘Heart Happy’ (live) and ‘Plain or Pearl’ (another of the 4 tracks from the 12″). Check out Dave 3rd – 13th November 9pm-midnight on TodayFM.

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A House interview Dave Fanning (1987)

The Forget Me Nots (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on October 29, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, The Forget Me Nots were Michelle Burrowes & Eithne Flynn (vocals & rhythm guitars), Maurice McGrath (lead guitar), Cormac Colman (bass guitar) and Justin Healy (drums). They recorded this Fanning session in 1990 and it was produced by Ian Wilson & Jim Lockhart. In 1991 Mark Walsh (bass) joined the band and in between, Tony McGuinness (Aslan) toured and played on some of the album (‘Hullabaloo‘) recordings.

Shake The Halo

What Am I Gonna Do About You

Home

Beck & Call

The Subterraneans (1992 Session?)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 15, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Artane, Dublin, The Subterraneans were Derek Barter (bass/vocals), Paddy Brady (guitar), Mitchel O’Connor (guitar) and Colm Coughlan (drums). Thanks to Padser Dalhoun for photo and lineup. We’re guessing that this is a session and that it dates from 1992 so if anyone can confirm or correct please do!

 L - R Colm Coughlan, Derek Barter, Paddy Brady, Mitchel O'Connor

L – R Colm Coughlan, Derek Barter, Paddy Brady, Mitchel O’Connor

Rubbernose (1992)

Where’s The Hook (1992)

Showdown (1992)

Mahogany Men (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on October 13, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Cork, Mahogany Men were Myles Horgan (lead vocals/guitar), Cormac Curtis (guitar), Danny McElhinney (bass) and David Tinsley (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in January 1993.

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Emily Dickinson (1993)

Unicorns (Do Not Exist) (1993)

Grow Your Own (1993)

Hello How Are You I Am God (1993)

The Pale (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 30, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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The Pale were formed in Dublin in 1990 by Matthew Devereux (vocals), Shane Wearen (mandolin) and Sean Molloy (bass). This Fanning session recorded for RTE in 1991 was their first ever recording and the only one to feature the original band lineup. This is the first time since they were recorded that the band have heard these tracks which were never released or indeed recorded again. The Pale are playing Hard Working Class Heroes on the 3rd October in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin.

Opium Poem (1991)

Cynical Sun (1991)

Ventriloquist (1991)

Big Country – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , , on September 28, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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.

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Big Country – Dave Fanning Interview (26.11.1986)

The Mary Janes (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on September 12, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, The Mary Janes were Mic Christopher (vocals, guitars), Simon Good (guitars), Karl Odlum (bass) and Steven Hogan (drums). Mic Christopher tragically passed away on 29th November 2001.

Instigator

Taken In

Friends

Trilogy

The Brilliant Trees (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 5, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Finglas in Dublin, The Brilliant Trees were Alan Hoey (vocals, guitar), Tony Barrett (guitar), Sid Barrett (bass) and Dave Farrell (drums). We had previously featured one track from this Fanning session albeit a very lo-fi recording. We are no longer certain however from which year the session dates. There was a further track ‘Slavedriver’ on this particular cassette which may or may not be part of the session..

If I Die

Home

I Know You Know

Candy Apple Red – Snakeskin

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on August 22, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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Candy Apple Red were a Dublin 4 piece featuring Dave Dorgan (vocals), Gerry Fahy (guitar), Eamonn Elliott (drums) and Damien Byrne (bass). This track reminds the writer of The Stars Of Heaven and so jumped straight to the top of the pile. If anyone has a band photograph please get in touch. The artwork is the inlay for the tape containing this track. If you click on it you should land on our facebook page where you will find many more Fanning tapes. Your mission should you chose to accept it is to peruse same and tell us what bands/tracks should feature next.

Snakeskin (1993?)

Tears Of Lost Children (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on July 13, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Tears Of Lost Children

This Fanning session was recorded on 9th October 1989. That is the sum total of our knowledge at this time.. the usually reliable irishrock.org has no listing. Update: Thanks to a comment from Paul we have the band lineup – Ray Colman (vocals), Ed Thornton (guitar),  Phil Garry (bass) and Johnny Brewer (drums). Thank you KillianM2 for digging out the band photo!

Speak To Me (1989)

Nine Blind Years (1989)

Tripwire (1989)

Secrets (1989)

The Elite (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on July 12, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

The Elite recorded this Fanning session on 25th September 1989. According to irishrock.org the frontman is Derek Dempsey. Further details of the band personnel and a picture would be gratefully appreciated.. Now might also be a good time to mention the Irish Metal Archive.

1. Never Surrender (1989)

2. All I Ever Wanted (1989)

3. Bad Attitude (1989)

4. Rock’n’Roll Woman (1989)

Here’s a video recording of the band performing ‘Bad Attitude’.

The Skips (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on July 9, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

skipsToday we have 2 tracks from the Ian Wilson produced 1988 Fanning Session by The Skips. The Skips were Amanda Claxton (vocals), Derrick Dalton (guitar), Pete Corrigan (bass) and Darren Nolan (drums). Derrick Dalton sadly passed away in 2008.

What Do You Mean (1989)

You’re In Love (1989)

Giant (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on July 5, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Giant were Niamh McDonald (vocals), Susan Kavanagh (vocals), Ken Haughton (guitar), Joe McDonnell (bass) and Ronan Buckley (drums). Thanks to Eddie Joyce for the picture, check out irishrock.org for more band details. This Fanning session was recorded in autumn 1989.

Promised Land (1989)

Crocodile Tears (1989)

Big Mouth (1989)

The Devil (1989)

The Frames – Another Love Song (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on June 29, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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Ahead of their upcoming Whelan’s gig this Monday here’s a demo recording of ‘Another Love Song’ by The Frames. At a guess this dates from 1990.

Another Love Song (Demo)

Bobby Womack (1944 – 2014)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags on June 28, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Bobby-Womack

Sad news, Bobby Womack has left us. Dave Fanning interviewed him a year ago and played this short excerpt on his show today.

Bobby Womack (excerpt 2013 Dave Fanning interview)

Burning Embers (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on June 23, 2014 by Fanning Sessions
Image via IrishRock.org

Image via IrishRock.org

I’ve been trawling the archive for something vaguely related to Sir Henry’s in Cork, the subject of an upcoming exhibtion at UCC Library hence today’s post. Burning Embers were Sean O’Neill (vocals), John Poland (guitars), Niall Macken (keyboards), Mel Poland (bass), Gordon Ashe (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning on November 17th 1986.

Champagne & Toffee (1986)

Waiting (1986)

The Blood Game (1986)

Tower Of Babel (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on June 15, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin Tower Of Babel feaatured Mark Lawlor (vocals), Paul Lacey (guitar), Martin Creighton (bass) and Eamonn Elliot (drums). They recorded this Fanning session on April 18th 1988. Paul Lacey and Martin Creighton were previously members of Ambition In Glass. Martin Creighton sadly passed away in 2006.

Near Dark (1988)

Conceal Me (1988)

Shed My Skin (1988)

Doctor Millar and The Cute Hoors (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on June 1, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

cute-hoors

Doctor Millar and The Cute Hoors are Sean Millar (vocals/guitar), Phil Martin (guitar/fiddle), Mark Megannety (bass) and Mark Hugget (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 23rd April 1990 featuring 4 tracks: ‘Hand Me Down’, ‘Sappho Smile’, ‘Nail Me To A Saviour’ and ‘My Lover Has Got No Soul’. Sean Millar, named one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters by Hot Press, released his sixth album ‘C48‘ to acclaim last year. NEWS UPDATE (7.11.2016): The Cute Hoors have just released their first new material in 25 years, ‘You Are Not My Kind‘ out now.

My Love Has Got No Soul (1990)

Fountainhead (1990 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags on May 25, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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Recorded between December 1989 and an unknown date this demo from Fountainhead was played by Dave Fanning on his RTE Radio 2 show presumably sometime in 1990. The band was essentially Pat O’Donnell and Steve Belton although there were a number of live lineups. I suspect this is track is quite rare so enjoy.. Thanks to Owain for digging this out.

Black Cloud (1990)

The Dixons (1991)

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , on May 14, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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The Dixons have already featured but we came across this pair of tracks from 1991 we thought you might like. The band featured Niall Toner (vocals/guitar), Alan Montgomery (bass/piano/vocals), Ed McGinley (guitar/vocals) and Joey Pleass (drums/vocals).

‘She Belongs To Me’ / ‘I’d Love To’ (1991)

At Gunpoint (1986 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on April 7, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, At Gunpoint were Karl Walsh (vocals), Didi Cassidy (lead guitar), Woppy McGrath (rhythm guitar), Sam Cregan (bass) and Alan Shaughnessy (drums). At Gunpoint recorded a Fanning session in 1987 but this track is from their 1986 demo. Photo courtesy irishrock.org.

All Go Away (1986 Demo)

Real Wild West (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 29, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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This 1987 Fanning session by Real Wild West is their second and was recorded on 4th May 1987. Real Wild West were from Dublin and featured Charlie Rafferty (bass & vocals), Paul Murtagh (guitar), Robbie Warren (drums) and Ian Smith (trumpet). Photo via this YouTube video of ‘The Sixties’.

Chappaquiddick Bridge / Hello Joe / Captain Of Your Ship / Burn, Burn, Burn (1987)

‘The sessions that give bands a break’ (Irish Times 1990)

Posted in Fanning with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

The Fanning sessions, which give new bands valuable airtime and a professional demo tape for nothing, are 10 years old this month. Michael Cunningham reports.

Here’s a great article from a 1990 issue of The Irish Times as the Fanning sessions were about to turn 10. Michael Cunningham of The Irish Times interviews producers Ian Wilson and Jim Lockhart and studio engineer Paddy McBreen. We learn that the bands receive a fee of £200 and that the contract forms still refer to “The Dave Fanning Showband Recordings”. I don’t think they got a copy of the tapes for nothing though, someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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GUAVA (2000 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 26, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Galway, GUAVA were active from 1997 until 2000. The band featured Dave Garol (vocals, guitar, electronics), Maria Shiel (vocals, guitar, bodhran), Joe Keane (bass), Mark Dempsey (guitar) and Ryan Lacey (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 2000.

Funk #1 Instrumental / Modification / Slow Down / See Down Here (2000)

Missing Link (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 23, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Missing Link were Jimmy Tague (vocals), Gerry Bennett (guitar), Dave Morrissey (keyboards), Charlie Bennett (bass), Donal McPartlin (drums). Thanks to IrishRock for the photo. This Fanning session was recorded on 14th June 1988.

Back Of My Mind / Maybe I Will / Shake It Up / Wrong Impression (1988)

Belsonic Sound (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 22, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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This is the second Fanning session by Cork outfit Belsonic Sound and was recorded on 20th June 1988. The band featured Finny Corcoran (guitar & vocals), Gene Russel (bass), Jim O’Mahony (keyboards) and John McCormack (drums). Thanks to ‘Cork Bands of The 80’s‘ for digging out the photo.

Sex Cells / Alcohol / We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place (1988)

Blue In Heaven (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 20, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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Blue In Heaven hailed from Churchtown in Dublin and featured Shane O’Neill (guitar/vocals), Eamonn Tynan (guitar), Declan Jones (bass) and Dave Clarke (drums). They recorded this session on 15th July 1988.

Red Dress / Hold On / Come Back / Try A Little Love (1988)

The Would Be’s (1988 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , on March 8, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

The Would-Be's circa 1990's

The Would Be’s are no strangers round these parts but this track was a welcome surprise. It’s a demo version of ‘Must It Be’ featuring a male vocal and it’s impressive how good it sounds. The Would Be’s are undergoing something of a renaissance reforning and releasing an excellent album ‘Beautiful Mess‘ in 2013. They play The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick On Shannon on March 21st.

Must It Be (1988)

The Kendalls (1988 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags on March 7, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Walkinstown in Dublin, The Kendalls were Johnny McMahon (vocals), Ben Rawlins (guitar), George Murphy (bass) and Alan Biggs (drums). Thank you Harry and Sarah for filling in the details.

 

A Place In The Sun (1988)

Tru’penny Opera (1988 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on March 2, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Yesterday we had a session from Wexford’s Tru’penny Opera and today we have a demo track and bio uncovered as part of that investigation.

Homecoming (1988)

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Courtesy of YouTube we also have two RTE TV recordings; ‘Brilliant Field’ was recorded live in Clonard Community Centre for the Bibi Baskin Show on October 24th 1988 and broadcast on October 27th. ‘Solo On The Corner’ was recorded to backing track in Montrose Studios on December 20th 1988 for JoMaxi and broadcast on January 9th 1989.

Tru’penny Opera (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 2, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Trupenny Opera

On 29th June 1988 Dave Fanning broadcast 4 session tracks by Wexford’s Tru’penny Opera. The fourth of these ‘If You Were Right’ featured previously in demo form and now thanks to a kind reader we have three tracks from the session. The band were Michael Egan (guitars, vocals), Paul Merrigan (saxophone), Peter Murphy (drums), Noel Quaid (bass), Maurice McNamara (keyboards) and John Murphy (mandolin, harmonica). On the way home from recording the session the band suffered a car accident which sidelined two members for several months. Thanks to Paul Byrne for digging out the photo and bio, more of which to feature when we post a further demo track ‘Homecoming’.

Road To Mandela (1988)

Last Night I Dreamt (1988)

Souls Are Closer (1988)

The Fountainhead – All Is Red (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on February 12, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, one lineup of The Fountainhead according to irishrock.org was Pat O’Donnell (guitar), Steve Belton (guitar), Phil Rennicks (keyboards), Willie Demange (bass/synth) and Peter McKinney (drums). Essentially though the band was a duo around based around Pat O’Donnell and Steve Belton who appear in any publicity photos I’ve seen. This particular track is not listed in the band discography and could be a demo, hopefully a reader can help fill in the blanks.

All Is Red (1983?)

The Pink Hurts (1986 Demo)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on February 11, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Skerries in Co. Dublin, The Pink Hurts were Derek Kavanagh (guitar/vocals), Lilian Kavanagh (keyboards), Michael O’Reilly (bass) and Brian Kavanagh (drums). Thanks as always to irishrock.org for the bio and photo.

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Newspapers (1986)

A Touch Of Oliver (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on February 5, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Touch Of Oliver

From Limerick, A Touch Of Oliver were Diarmuid O Sullivan (vocals & guitar), Hugh Mulqueen (lead guitar & backing vocals), Brian Corr (bass, keyboards & backing vocals) and Willie Banks (drums). Their 1991 Fanning session featured ‘Candy Bottle Green’, ‘Boulder Dust’, ‘Golden Valley Reserve’ and ‘Mind Bomb Trial’.

Candy Bottle Green (1991)

Mind Bomb Trial (1991)

Golden Valley Reserve (1991)

Boulder Dust (1991)

Leo O’Kelly (1984 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on February 3, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Carlow, Leo O’Kelly is a member of folk duo Tír na nÓg with Sonny Condell of Scullion. O’Kelly (guitar, vocals, violin) recorded this solo Fanning session on 18th December 1984 featuring three tracks; ‘Cinema’, ‘The Window’s Not High Enough’ and ‘Get Into Focus’. We have two of these tracks for you today. Keep an eye on this site for news of upcoming Leo / Sonny / Tír na nÓg gigs.

Cinema (1984)

The Window’s Not High Enough (1984)

The Swinging Swine (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on January 24, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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The very first artist to feature on this site was Galway band The Swinging Swine. The lineup that recorded today’s session were (I hope) Joanne Loughman (vocals), Eamonn Dowd (guitar, vocals), Doug Steen (lead guitar), Hugh O’Carroll (fiddle), John Lalor (bass) and Billy Geraghty (drums). The session was recorded on 16th March 1988. Eamonn Dowd plays O’Keefe’s, Clonmel 21st Feb and Tom Steele’s, Ennis 22nd Feb 2014. Joanne Loughman featured on a track on David Long‘s solo album last year.

I Won’t Be Home Tonight (1988)

All You Need Is Love (1988)

This Wicked World / Everything Will Shine (1988)

33rd Hurricane (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 20, 2014 by Fanning Sessions
An early 33rd Hurricane -  Finbarr & Denis Doherty, Neil & John McGrory

An early 33rd Hurricane – Finbarr & Denis Doherty, Neil & John McGrory

From Inishowen in Co.Donegal, 33rd Hurricane were Finbarr Doherty (vocals, guitar), Liam Bradley (drums, backing vocals), Delilah Cuddihy (keyboards, backing vocals), John McGrory (guitar), and Neil McGrory (bass). Finbarr Doherty released his third solo album ‘Skyscrapers’ in 2011. Check out previous posts on the band here

Ships & Planes (1990)

Do You Know (1990)

Shotgun Blast (1990)

Buffaloes (1990)

David Byrne (1988 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview with tags , on January 19, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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In 1988 shortly after the release of ‘Naked’ the album that was to prove the last Talking Heads release, Dave Fanning sat down in London with David Byrne for an extended interview.

David Byrne (1988 Interview)

The Pleasure Cell (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 10, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

pleasure cell - band pic

From Dublin, The Pleasure Cell were Noel Green (guitar & vocals), Dermot Reid (bass) and Will Walsh (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 5th May 1986 featuring 3 tracks; ‘Keeping The Secret’, ‘Nuclear Device’ and ‘Father Dear’. The tape we have lists a different name, ‘Uniformed Man’ for the third track. If anyone has further details please let us know. Check out this 1987 video of ‘She’s Just A Girl’ for RTE’s ‘Visual Eyes‘.

‘Keeping The Secret’ (1986)

‘Nuclear Device’ (1986)

‘Uniformed Man’ (1986)

The Furious Colour (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music on January 8, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

The Furious Colour recorded a Fanning session on 30th June 1986 featuring 3 tracks, ‘Torn Apart’, ‘Carrion’ and ‘Closer’, the last of which is particularly strong and can be found here. This track is from a demo recorded by the Cork(?) band which featured Kieran Kennedy, Dave Horner, Shay Fitzgerald and Gerry O Connor. I’m guessing Dave played this in 1986 but some further detective work may be required. I will of course update with your feedback and photos..

In Vain’ (Demo)

The Groove

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on January 3, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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From Limerick The Groove were a five piece featuring Alan Cheevers (guitar & vocals), Paul Healy (vocals & guitar), Bryan Healy (bass), Charlie Smith (trumpet) and Brendan Wallace (drums). The band won the RTE Borderline band of 1987 competition and as part of their prize released a single ‘Blue Blue Monday’ on EMI Records which reached 19 in the Irish charts. That same year also saw the band performing at one of Ireland’s biggest open air gigs supporting David Bowie at Slane. Sadly Alan Cheevers passed away in 2000. They recorded one Fanning session on 20th May 1986 featuring three tracks; ‘Since You’ve Gone’, ‘Skin Deep and ‘Another Number’ which we have yet to track down. Check out the Limerick Library archive for more rock articles.

Preacher’s Paradise (1988)

The Screech Owls – Sniper On The Freeway

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , , on January 2, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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Recorded from the Dave Fanning show this track may or may not come from the demo pictured above. The Screech Owls were Debbie Schow (vocals, guitar) and Richard G. Evans (guitars). Special guests on the demo at least were Brain Neavyn (bass) and Dave Burke (drums) of The Slowest Clock. Check out Hey Toreador here.

Sniper On The Freeway (1988)

Interference (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on December 28, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Interference in 2007 - Fergus O'Farrell, Paul Tiernan, Marja Gaynor, Bertrand Galen (c) Jason Lee

Interference in 2007 – Fergus O’Farrell, Paul Tiernan, Marja Gaynor, Bertrand Galen (c) Jason Lee

In 1988 as far as I can make out Interference were Fergus O’Farrell (vocals, piano & guitar), James O’Leary (guitars,) Maurice Culligan (piano, keyboards), Kevin Murphy (bass, cello), Cal MacCarthy (drums), Colm McCaughey (fiddle). They recorded this Fanning session on 10th February 1988. Also worth checking out is ‘A Talent for Life – The Fergus O’Farrell Story‘ an RTE Radio 1 documentary.

Interference (1988) courtesy Interference Archive

Interference (1988) courtesy Interference Archive

Raise The Blade (1988)

Ordinary Man (1988)

Perfection (1988)

One Deaf Ear – Mother’s Day (1986)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on December 26, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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Don’t have many details of this recording from One Deaf Ear but an RTE Visual Eyes recording of ‘True Colours‘ was popular so you might enjoy hearing this. From Belfast the band were Michael Madden (vocals, guitar), Brian O’Cuinn (bass, synths), Sean Quinn (synths, vocals, sampler) and Gerard Campbell (drums).

Mother’s Day (1986)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2013)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, radio with tags on December 24, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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50 black keys – gold on the ceiling (2011)
49 o emperor – contact (2013)
48 beth orton – call me the breeze (2012)
47 little green cars – harper lee (2013)
46 pixies – debaser (1989)
45 villagers – becoming a jackal (2010)
44 killers – smile like you mean it (2004)
43 the national – afraid of everyone (2010)
42 the frames – revelate (1995)
41 pearl jam – black (1991)
40 u2 – beautiful day (2000)
39 massive attack – unfinished symphony (1991)
38 artic monkeys – do i wanna know (2013)
37 lcd soundsystem – all my friends (2007)
36 hozier – take me to church (2013)
35 arcade fire – reflektor (2013)
34 led zeppelin – stairway to heaven (1971)
33 new order – blue monday (1983)
32 midlake – roscoe (2006)
31 pink floyd – comfortably numb (1979)
30 the national – demons (2013)
29 bruce springsteen – thunder road (1975)
28 depeche mode – personal jesus (1990)
27 rolling stones – sympathy for the devil (1968)
26 lou reed – walk on the wild side (1972)
25 hot chip – boy from school (2006)
24 my bloody valentine – sometimes (1991)
23 david bowie – life on mars? (1971)
22 stone roses – i am the resurrection (1989)
21 smashing pumpkins – 1979 (1995)
20 bruce springsteen – born to run (1975)
19 arcade fire – wake up (2004)
18 the white stripes – seven nation army (2003)
17 nirvana – smells like teen spirit (1991)
16 rolling stones – gimme shelter (1969)
15 radiohead – paranoid android (1997)
14 the smiths – how soon is now (1984)
13 smashing pumpkins – bullet with butterfly wings (1995)
12 pink floyd – wish you were here (1975)
11 u2 – with or without you (1987)
10 the beatles – a day in the life (1967)
9 the smiths – there is a light that never goes out (1986)
8 elbow – one day like this (2008)
7 the national – fake empire (2007)
6 jeff buckley – hallelujah (1994)
5 daft punk – get lucky (2013)
4 joy division – love will tear us apart (1990)
3 u2 – one (1997)
2 u2 – bad (live) (1985)
1 radiohead – creep (1993)

The Ramones (1985 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, radio with tags , on December 21, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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In June 1985 Dave Fanning interviewed one of his self professed favourite bands The Ramones. The band was in Dublin to play two gigs in the TV Club on June 24th and 25th as part of their ‘Too Tough To Die’ tour. The original recording can be found here.

The Ramones (1985 Interview)

The Strong Are Lonely (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags on December 6, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Offaly, The Strong Are Lonely were Ciaran Guinan (vocals), Tom Jamieson (drums), Daragh Connolly (keyboards), Finn Corrigan (keyboards/guitars), Kieran Egan (guitars), Ronan McDermott (bass). They recorded a Fanning session on 24/02/1986 featuring: ‘Paranoid Man’, ‘Wasted Time’ and ‘This Way Up’. While at RTE mixing the session, they had a visit from Paul McGuinness of U2 and Mother Records. A possible one-single deal with Mother was mooted, but never materialised. The band describe the following track as from the Fanning session so I’m going to post and hope someone can shed some more light..

Vicious Circle (1986)

Wasted Time (1986)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1989)

Posted in Fanning, radio with tags on November 29, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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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, isn’t it time that the Fab50 got some social media pimping?

Today we have two sections of the 1989 Fab 50 for your listening pleasure. Part one alone is worth checking out for Golden Horde frontman Simon Carmody’s guest appearance fresh from a Van Morrison gig to give an impromptu review!

If anyone has any further Fab 50 contibutions either recordings or listings please get in touch..

50 Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
49 The Primitives – Sick Of It
[ Simon Carmody reviews Van Morrison ]
48 Morrissey – Ouija Board
47 The Clash – Lost In The Supermarket
46 The Cult – Fire Woman
45 Bob Dylan – Desolation Row
44 Sugarcubes – Birthday
43 Sex Pistols – My Way
42 R.E.M. – Finest Worksong
41 Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower

Fab 50 (1989) Part 1

40 The Wonderstuff – Unbearable
39 The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
38 Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
37 Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town
36 U2 – Unforgettable Fire
35 The Smiths – How Soon is Now?
34 The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
33 John Lennon – Imagine
32 U2 – New Year’s Day
31 The Doors – Light My Fire
30 The Hothouse Flowers – Don’t Go
29 A House – Call Me Blue
28 The Wedding Present – Kennedy (via comment)
27 Talking Heads – Psychokiller
26 Van Morrison – Coney Island
25 The Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drums
24 Simple Minds – Belfast Child
23 U2 – With or Without You
22 Something Happens – Beach
21 The Cure – Catch
20 The Smiths – This Charming Man
19 The Jesus and Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
18 The Golden Horde – 100 Boys
17 R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World
16 The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
15 The Dixons – I Have Fun
14 The 4 of Us – Drag My Bad Name Down
13 U2 – The Sweetest Thing
12 The Pogues – Thousands Are Sailing
11 Waterboys – Raggle Taggle Gypsy
10 New Order – Blue Monday
09 The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
08 An Emotional Fish – Gray Matter
07 The Fat Lady Sings – Arclight
06 Something Happens – Forget Georgia
05 R.E.M. – World Leader Pretend
04 U2 – Dancing Barefoot
03 The Cure – A Forest
02 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
01 U2 – Bad (Live)

Fab 50 (1989) Part 2

Indian (1996 Session)

Posted in Fanning, radio, session with tags on November 28, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Indian - Big Serious Balloon

From Sligo, Indian recorded a Fanning session on 30/11/1996 which was produced by Ian Wilson. The band lineup was Martin Harte (keyboards), Joseph Hunt (lead vocals), Christy Behan (drums, vocals), Gerry Sweeney (lead guitar), Leon Donnellon (bass) and Declan Harrison (semi-acoustic guitar). Martin and Joe were previously in Absolute Zero, while Christy was a member of Those Nervous Animals. The band were active from 1995 until 2000 and have just announced their first gig in 15 years on 21st December 2013 in Shenanigans of Sligo.

Lonesome Heart Attack (1996)

Space Walkin Girl (1996)

Bang Bang Gun (1996)

Beautiful (1996)

Raw Novembre (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on November 27, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Mullingar, Raw Novembre were formed by Martin Kelly (vocals), Kevin Kelly (guitar & bass), John Jackson (drums), Kelvyn Stanley (bass). Paddy Muldarry (drums) later took over from John.

Execution (1993)

God And Me And Liberty (1993)

Nothingness (1993)

Pet Lamb (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on November 20, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Pet Lamb were at the time of this recording – Brian Mooney (vocals, guitar), Dylan Philips (vocals, guitar), Kevin Talbot (bass) and James Lillis (drums). Update: Thank you Paul Shanahan for the missing track ‘I Got Played’.

I Got Played (1993)

Insult To Injury (1993)

In A Pit (1993)

Grinning Sadist (1993)

Joni Mitchell Interview (1983)

Posted in Fanning, Hot Press, interview, radio with tags , on November 9, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

To celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of her one and only Irish appearance Dave Fanning ran an excerpt of a 1983 interview he did with Joni. The full transcript of the interview appeared in Hot Press magazine and is reproduced here. If anyone has a recording of the full interview we’d love to hear from you.

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Joni Mitchell Interview (15 April 1983)

Alpha Squared

Posted in demo, Fanning, radio on November 4, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Alpha Squared recorded a Fanning session on 18/06/1986 featuring two tracks; ‘Pictures and Portraits’ and ‘Stone Walls & Stone Hearts’. I believe this recording is from 1985 and so possibly is a demo version?

Pictures and Portraits (1985?)

Real Mayonnaize

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , on November 3, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

realmayonnaize

From Cork Real Mayonnaize were (from left to right) Dave “Skully” Sullivan (organ), Dave Rudd (drums) and Jerry Buckley (bass, cello).

Breakfast Man (1986)

Framework (1986)

Without The

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on November 1, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork this much loved three piece featured Harry (guitar), Don Murphy (bass) and John Christie (drums). Further details most welcome.. will update as I get them.

Elaine (1986?)

Red Square (Demo etc)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on October 24, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

From Dublin, Red Square were Barry Moore (guitar & vocals), George Sweeney (guitar & vocals), Joe Lahart (bass) and Dave Bell (drums). According to the Irish Rock Discography the band recorded at least one Fanning session featuring tracks ‘Street Fight’, ‘Trains’ and ‘Soweto’. In 1987 Barry moved to the U.S. and began performing as Luka Bloom. Luka is currently on tour. George Sweeney was of course a member of The Vipers and later featured in Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers.

Passionate Robot (demo)

Spiders

Street Fight

Microdisney (Unidentified Tape)

Posted in demo, Fanning, radio, session with tags , on October 19, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

microdisney

The following tracks by Microdisney turned up on the same cassette that featured the recently posted Cypress Mine! session so that puts the date of broadcast circa 1986. Both tracks appeared on ‘Everybody Is Fantastic’ (1984), ‘Dig Me Up’ reworked as ‘Dreaming Drains’. The first 3 Microdisney were recently reissued on Cherry Red Records featuring Peel session tracks and B sides. Two further previously unavailable tracks ‘Victory’ and ’12 Novembers’ can be found on the Reekus Records compilation ‘Too Late To Stop Now‘.

Dig Me Up

Idea

Belsonic Sound (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 9, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Belsonic Sound were Finny Corcoran (guitar & vocals), Gene Russel (bass), Jim O’Mahony (keyboards) and John McCormack (drums). This is the first of two Fanning sessions the band recorded, Jim has the other so hopefully will be able to post that soon.

Long Defeat (1986)

Blinded (1986)

Seperate Reality (1986)

An Oral History of Grunge (Mark Yarm Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, radio with tags , , on September 28, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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On the 20th anniversary of ‘In Utero’, Nirvana’s third studio album, Dave Fanning talks to Brooklyn guitarist and author Mark Yarm about the history of grunge. Mark is the author of ‘Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge‘.

Mark Yarm (2013)

Uncertain Trumpet (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on September 27, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

From Portstewart in Co.Derry Uncertain Trumpet were formed by Donal Boyle (guitar/vocals), George Nelson (bass), Chris Fawcett (oboe/sax) and Niall Brolly (drums). According to IrishRock Keiran McGrillis (drums) and Budgie Diamond (percussion) featured on the Fanning session which was recorded on 9th and 10th February 1987.

Strapped To An Armchair (1987)

Heartland (1987)

Marie Celeste (1987)

Prevail (1987)

The Lemmings (1993 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags on September 15, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

From Cork, The Lemmings were Bill Twomey (guitar), Cormac Gahan (bass) and Paul Green (drums). This demo was recorded in 1993 in Fiona Studios in Fermoy where The Frank & Walters also recorded their first demos. Dave Fanning played ‘Burn’ regularly and that song made an appearance along with two band members on the debut album of Cork band Boa Morte whose Fanning session we also hope to dig out one of these days.

Burn (1993)

Fall 100 Feet (1993)

The Shyest Person I Know (1993)

The Wild Herrings (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , on September 14, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Photo (C) Irene Pender

Their Fanning session is a favourite round these parts but this newly uncovered demo seems apt given that two members of this band, Fiona and Irene aka The Pender Sisters are to perform on Saturday 28th September at The Steam Punk Club in Dromahair.

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From Ballyshannon in Co.Donegal The Wild Herrings are John Kane (guitar), Fiona Pender (vocals and sax), Irene Pender (vocals), Patsy O Kane (bass) and Michael Christie (drums). Apparently their set was one of the highlights of the Hennigans reunion last year.

Love On The Dole

Sellafield

Bam Bam & The Calling (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 10, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

bam bam & the calling in the venue derry

Bam Bam & The Calling are a 4 piece from Derry featuring the talents of Paul PJ McCartney (guitar, vocals), Tom Doherty (drums), John McCloskey (guitar) and Joe Brown (bass). They recorded this Fanning session on Jan 19th 1987. The band is still known to perform every couple of years and Joe Brown is currently active with veritable Derry supergroup The Gatefolds. To these ears at least the never before heard ‘Road Of The Lonely’ is a lost classic. Enjoy.

Road Of The Lonely (1987)

Only Sing (1987)

Scraping Off The Shine (1987)

Secret Meeting (1987)

Bam Bam & The Calling will play ‘A Night For Sean’ on Friday 20th September 2013 upstairs in The Gweedore Bar, Derry..

In early July the Semple family lost a dear loved one and a true gentleman, Sean and a lot of folk in Derry and further afield lost a great friend. . We’re honoured to be asked to play at this night in his memory. .Please come along and share it with us.

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Andy Kershaw (2013 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, radio with tags , on September 6, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Photo from Andy's facebook stream

Andy Kershaw with BP Fallon at the Electric Picnic 2013

Andy Kershaw’s autobiography is a great read so I was very interested to hear what transpired when Andy and Dave Fanning met at the Electric Picnic recently. There were no surprises for anyone who’s read ‘No Off Switch‘ but those who haven’t might take this opportunity.

Here’s what Andy himself wrote on facebook:

I was also thrilled to hook up again with the truly legendary Irish rock journalist and scene-maker, BP Fallon, following a gap of about 25 years. The tireless little imp, after 300 years of chronicling the music of others, has now got himself a band, has made a CD, and last Saturday night I watched him for the first time as stage performer. He played a remarkable if low-key gig in one of the more obscure tents. It was really good.

And while we were hanging out together on Sunday, I was also trying to persuade him that the time has come for him now to write his autobiography. (“If I can do it, Beep…”) What a story that would be! It would blow mine into the weeds.

It was also fab to see Dave Fanning again after many years, and to be interviewed on Dave’s RTE radio show, broadcasting live from the festival. (The noted motormouth of Irish radio couldn’t get a word in edgeways…) Also great to be reunited with Johnny Marr, and with Denis Desmond, the festival promoter, both of whom I hadn’t seen since Billy Bragg days. Johnny played a splendid set too.

Andy Kershaw with Dave Fanning (2013)

Crocodile Tears (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on September 6, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Crocodile Tears were from Ballinteer in Dublin and featured Brendan Tallon (guitar/vocals), Brendan Berry (guitar/vocals), Barry Woodley (bass) and Shane Rafferty (drums). They recorded this RTE Fanning Session on 9th November 1987. Thanks to IrishRock.org for the biographical details. If anyone has a band picture please drop us a note. The band changed bass player in 1988 and became The Coletranes.

Goodbye Susie-Ann (1987)

Tuesday Morning (1987)

Susie Sweetness (1987)

The Candyshop (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 3, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

candyshop2The Candyshop were Stephen Robinson (vocals), Dave Dorgan (guitar), Declan Mulligan Mark Byrne (bass) and Sean Ryan (drums). They featured previously in the form of a live rehearsal tape but today we have their 1987 Fanning session recorded on the 12th October of that year. Band picture anyone?

Railway Station (1987)

This Town (1987)

Things Have Changed (1987)

Jesus Station (1987)

Echoes Of Pink Whispers

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session on September 2, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Echoes Of Pink Whispers featured Lesley Kane (vocals,guitar), John Healy (vocals), David Healy (keyboards), Paddy Mc Cormick (bass), Aidan Whelan (guitar) and Sean Ryan (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 3rd April 1986 featuring the tracks ‘The Whole World Cried’, ‘Charm’, ‘Suburbia By Night’ and ‘Synthetic Tribes’.

Charm (1986)

Suburbia By Night (1986)

Lou Reed Interview (1996)

Posted in Fanning, TV with tags , , on September 1, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

This is an audio rip of an interview Dave Fanning did with Lou Reed in 1996 to promote his seventeenth solo album ‘Set the Twilight Reeling’.

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Lou Reed Interview (1996)

Puppy Love Bomb (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on August 29, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Puppy Love Bomb were formed in 1991 by Marc Carroll (vocals, guitar), Alan Cullivan (bass) and Neil Dowling (drums). The band released 3 singles on Rough Trade in 1994 – ‘Too Busy Thinking’, ‘Not Listening’ and ‘Bobby Milk’. This session for Dave Fanning on RTE 2fm was recorded in 1993. ‘Almost A Star’ was later rerecorded as ‘Radio Stars’ for the debut of Marc Carroll’s subsequent band, The Hormones.

“We just did three weeks in Europe with Sugar,” Marc says with a smile, “and that personally has been the biggest thing in my musical career, because of my love of Bob Mould and Husker Dü. The very last night in Leeds, he joined us onstage and we all played ‘Ticket To Ride.’ And the place was electric. And the last time Bob Mould had joined a band was with REM in Los Angeles. So, here he was with three knackers from Dublin. So, that was really good.”

Hot Press (16/11/1994)

Almost A Star (1993)

I’m Not Listening (1993)

I Don’t Want To See You (1993)

The Shanks (1992 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on August 27, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
The Shanks

Photo (c) Siobhan Bardsley

Formed in Newmarket, Co.Cork in 1991, The Shanks started life as a four piece with Tim Murphy (guitar, vocals), Eoin O’Sullivan (guitar), Mick Hayes (bass) and Niall Lynch (drums). Murphy left in 1992 with ? taking over on vocal duties and the band continued as a 3 piece until 1999 releasing two albums; ‘The Prawn Lawn’ (1995) and ‘Brang’ (1999). ‘The Prawn Lawn’ featured at number 17 in ‘Cork’s Top 50 Albums‘ as chosen by wearenoise.com. The date/year of this Fanning session has yet to be ascertained..
Update: Patrick Feehan has confirmed the year was 1992.

Update: Loads more in this post on the Songs To Learn And Sing website.

The Pool

Stink

Nowhere Left To Go

Babbling Brook

Engine Alley (Feile 1993)

Posted in Fanning, live, radio with tags , , on August 17, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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On his Sunday show of the August bank holiday weekend Dave Couse got to reminiscing about Feile 1993. It struck me that this was of course 20 years ago and I got to wondering if I didnt have some recordings from RTE 2fm of the festival. The recordings I originally had in mind were actually from Cork Rocks in 1991 but I did uncover one recording from Feile in 1993..

Engine Alley (Feile 1993)