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Thank You from Dave & fErGaL

Posted in Music with tags on June 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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 song recorded 32 years ago for a session on the Wendy May Show on London’s Capital Radio. With the help of our good friends at Fanning Sessions here is Freak Out Alt, available to play and download for a week. Have a Few Tinnies, Cheat at Snap. Big Love,
Dave and fErGaL.

Update: Adding ‘Endless Art’ (2019) from the NCH soundcheck.

Publish and be Damned: Cork Zine Archive 1975 – 2005

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Publish and be Damned; Cork Zine Archive 1975-2005‘ is an exhibition of zines and independent magazines published in Cork from 1975 until 2005. The exhibition launches at UCC library on July 5th at 5pm with special guest Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and a DJ set from John Byrne (Quare Groove) playing Cork records from the era. The exhibition will remain open until the end of September 2019.

To mark the occasion we have compiled our own 2 hour mixtape of demos and sessions by 36 Cork artists that have featured on this site over the last 10 years.

Perfect Crime (1982 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 21, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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 Press articles we’d love to hear from you. Thank you irishrock.org for the tour flier.

I Feel Like An Eskimo (1982)

Aslan – The Night Goes On (Demo)

Posted in Music on June 20, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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At the time of recording Aslan were Christy Dignam (vocals), Joe Jewell (guitar), Billy McGuinness (keyboards, harmonica & guitar), Tony McGuinness (bass) and Alan Downey (drums).

We found this on an old Fanning tape and from what we can tell it was never released. If you have any knowledge of the recording we’d love to hear from you.

A Wee Night For Uaneen (2001)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on June 10, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

‘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 Kitt, Mundy, Gavin Friday, Sinead O’Connor, Relish, Sack, Snow Patrol, The Undertones and Wilt. The show was broadcast live on RTE 2fm and these edited highlights featured recently on the Dan Hegarty show to mark 40 years of 2fm. If anyone has the full recording we’d love to hear from you.

The Frames – ‘Star Star’
The Blue Nile – ‘Easter Parade’
The Blue Nile – ‘Let’s Go Out Tonight’
Gavin Friday & Sinead O’Connor (with Maurice Seezer) – ‘You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart’
Ash – ‘Shining Light’
Ash – ‘Girl From Mars’
The Frames & Tom Barman – ‘Little Arithmetics’

Gregory Gray (Tom Robinson Tribute)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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’ (1983) and ‘I Feel Like An Eskimo’ (1984). He then began a solo career and released three albums; ‘Think Of Swans’ (1986), ‘Strong At Broken Places’ (1990) and ‘Euroflake In Silverlake’ (1995). He later began to self release material as Mary Cigarettes. Check out his extensive writing on wordpress and music on bandcamp and YouTube. SoundCloud in particular Tom says has some late period gems.

Tom Robinson paid tribute to Gray on his BBC 6 Music radio show on 4th May 2019. Tom was joined in studio by author and lecturer Noel McLaughlin, co-author of ‘Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2‘ which features a chapter on Gray. Also appearing in the tribute are Gavin Martin who started the Alternative Ulster fanzine inspiring the Stiff Little Fingers track and producer & author Simon Napier Bell.

Perfect Crime recorded a Fanning session in 1982 and Gregory Gray was a studio guest on the Dave Fanning Show a number of times as remembered by Noel McLaughlin with one particular incident according to Ian Wilson generating some listener complaint. Also mentioned is the August 1996 Hot Press article ‘The Greatest Irish Rock Story Never Told’ by Stuart Clark.

Snowblindwaltz (1991)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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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. ‘Two Kinds Of Indians‘ featured on TV show ‘No Disco’ while Uaneen was at the helm. There was a reunion in 2011 with 7 tracks available on YouTube. A now defunct website can be found in the webarchive. Snowblindwaltz recorded a Fanning session but as yet we don’t know what year nor what tracks.

Iced Tiger (1991)