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Luxury – The Last Word In.. (1997 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

From Dublin, Luxury were Bernard Diffley (guitar & keyboards), David Kelly (bass & cello), Shane Treanor (vocals) and Bernard Walsh (drums & percussion). They recorded this 3 track demo in July 1997. Engineer was Paul Keegan. Bernard Walsh was of course in The Stars Of Heaven.

Everyday Social (1997)

Elvis Stole My Girl (1997)

Today Is For Living (1997)


Joe Henry (Interview & Tour)

Posted in Music with tags on September 10, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Grammy winning producer Joe Henry is currently in Ireland on a writing residency at the Burren College having just produced an album for Rhiannon Giddens in Dublin. He is taking the opportunity to do a solo acoustic tour of the west coast and will be playing the following dates:

Sept 15 Ceol Beo, Leap Castle, Roscrea
Sept 21 The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Sept 27 Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway
Oct 05 Dolan’s, Limerick
Oct 13 Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare [Sold Out]

Joe Henry on the Dave Fanning Show (2018)

Hubble ‘Go Biology!’ (1997)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

From Cork, Hubble were Cormac Gahan (vocals, guitar, bass), Maurice Hallissey (drums, deleted backing vocals), Paul Ruxton (vocals, guitar) and Bill Twomey (vocals, guitar). This 1997 cassette release ‘Go Biology!’ was recorded one day in March 1997 by John O’Mahony and released on Mystery Glitch Records. The band would later change their name to Boa Morte and release two critically acclaimed albums. They are currently recording their third album due for release in March 2019.

Lucky Guess (1997)

No. 2 (1997)

Only Witness (1997)

Damn You Peter Pan (Session)

Posted in Music with tags on August 29, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

dyppDamn You Peter Pan were Paul Murnaghan (vocals, bass), Ray Lynch (guitar, keyboards) and Weg Timbs (drums). We believe this is their Fanning session but cannot yet confirm. If you have any further details on the band or when this session was recorded please get in touch. Thank you to the requester on facebook, if you don’t ask folks nothing gets done round here! If anyone from RTE is reading we really would love a master list of Fanning Sessions with dates and maybe even track titles? Pretty please..

Burn in Heaven

Sexual Sea

Unsure Song


Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (18 May 1986)

Posted in Music with tags , , on August 27, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

This recording comes courtesy of Limerick born artist and sometime guitarist Donald Teskey. Donald was recently a guest of John Kelly on the Mystery Train Sunday Service.

A recording of a lovely interview from the Dave Fanning rock show with (the late) Grant McLennan from 18 May 1986 on the occasion of the Go-Betweens first gigs in Ireland. They had just played an open air lunchtime concert in Trinity College, which I was at, and being a massive fan I rushed home to record to the interview that evening. (Robert Forster tells a story about the same event in his recently published memoir ‘Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens’). They then played Trinity Ball which was on the following day. The interview is really good natured and delves into the bands influences etc. with some unusual music choices by Grant.

RTÉ versus YouTube archivist KillianM2

Posted in Music with tags on August 26, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

killianm2 vs rte

We’ve followed the activities of KillianM2 for a number of years so were dismayed last week to learn that the YouTube channel which featured many lost clips of 80s Irish rock music on RTÉ TV had been the subject of a copyright claim from the national broadcaster. As a result all flagged content had been removed. An article by Eithne Shortall in the Sunday Times ‘YouTuber’s efforts to show historic television clipped in the bud by RTE‘ shed some light on the man behind the site and this was followed by 3 radio appearances. Greg Molloy explained that the site was a labour of love and did not generate any revenue. He has amassed an archive of footage some of which he believes RTE no longer have copies of. Unlike in the UK where the BBC and ITV have embraced user sourced content our own national broadcaster sees no such opportunity. We understand the time and effort required to seek out, digitise, catalog and share content which has little apparent commercial appeal but to a small audience is of important cultural relevance. Maybe it’s time the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland expanded it’s archiving effort? Here’s hoping..

The Last Word with Matt Cooper (TodayFM)


Drivetime (RTÉ Radio 1)


New Testament (1982 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on August 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

New Testament 1982 Demo

From Galway, New Testament were Eamonn Dowd (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Wall (guitar, backing vocals, tambourine), John Flatley (bass, backing vocals) and Finbar McDonogh (drums). The demo was engineered by JA Reidy at R.C.F. Studios Galway on 11th September 1982. Steve Wall of course went on to form The Stunning. Eamonn Dowd went on to The Swinging Swine and is currently on tour with his latest band The Racketeers.

Heaven and Earth (1982)

A Scream (1982)

Sanctuary (1982)