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.
In the coming weeks eight contemporary Irish artists will lead a celebration of eight classic albums, sharing stories of how these seminal LPs have played a part in their own musical journey and treating listeners to an intimate performance of a track from their chosen album.
We’ll also hear from some of the artists, managers and producers who worked on the records and some of the music industry giants who are still under their spell, decades later.
Expect to hear
[Oct 21] Julie Feeney – ‘The Lion and The Cobra‘ (Sinead O’Connor)
[Oct 28] Paddy Casey – ‘Fisherman’s Blues‘ (The Waterboys)
[Nov 04] Damien Dempsey – ‘Alive & Dangerous‘ (Thin Lizzy)
[Nov 11] Kila’s Colm Ó Snodaigh – ‘A Tonic For The Troops‘ (Boomtown Rats)
[Nov 18] Duke Special – ‘Moondance‘ (Van Morrison)
[Nov 25] Gemma Hayes – ‘Loveless‘ (My Bloody Valentine)
[Dec 02] Bressie – ‘Achtung Baby‘ (U2).
The show kicks off this Sunday 14th October 2012 at 7pm with Mundy who chose ‘Rum, Sodomy & The Lash‘ (The Pogues).
Fiachna Ó Braonáin previews the series on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show (12th Oct 2012)
It’s too late to submit your vote but you might be interested to see who was on the shortlist for the Smithwicks / Hot Press Public Vote Award as published in the 12th December 1991 edition of Hot Press magazine. Votes were not restricted to the listed bands.
Barely two months after the release of their debut EP, Kilkenny’s finest Engine Alley achieved another milestone when Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press dedicated a full page to the band. As part of RTE’s TV50 celebrations the band’s entire TV career can now be viewed on YouTube.
As pointed out by @cvodb The Radiators set was released in 1988 on World Aids Day as ‘Dollar For Your Dreams’ on Comet Records. More details on the Irish Rock page. Caroline has also posted Gavin Friday’s setlist here.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.