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@last TV – The Lost Albums (1998)

Posted in TV with tags , , , , on January 28, 2023 by Fanning Sessions

@last TV the lost albums

@last TV was an ‘eclectic magazine show’ which ran Mondays at 9.30pm on Network 2 (now RTE2) for, as far as we can tell, 3 years from 1997 to 1999. In 1998 they profiled 5 Irish albums close to our hearts; ‘Raytown Revisited’, ‘The Clock Comes Down The Stairs’, ‘Sacred Heart Hotel’, ‘I Am The Greatest’ and ‘Loveless’..

A series of five short documentaries about great Irish albums that never received the success they deserved. The bands in question are: The Blades, Microdisney, The Stars of Heaven, A House and My Bloody Valentine and each item features compelling interviews with some of the musicians involved accompanied by the brilliant music they created.

Phil Lynott: 36 Years Of ‘Old Town’ (2018)

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , , , on December 13, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

old town doc

The Christmas issue of the RTÉ Guide usually throws up a surprise or two and this year is no exception. On Sunday December 30th at 7.30pm, RTÉ One will broadcast a brand new documentary on the making of Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town’ video.

In 1982 Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman, released his second solo album ‘The Philip Lynott Album’. From this album came the single ‘Old Town’ and the music video depicting Lynott at various locations around Dublin city. From the Ha’penny Bridge to a stroll down Grafton Street and a pint in The Long Hall pub on South Great George’s Street and ending at the Ringsend Pier. The song was co-written by Lynott and Scottish musician Jimmy Bain.

In the days before music videos were commonplace, the video for ‘Old Town’ was produced by Dave Heffernan for RTÉ programme ‘Anything Goes’. The video was directed by Gerry Greg and was first broadcast on ‘Anything Goes’ on 30 October 1982.

‘Anything Goes’ was a young people’s programme on RTÉ Television. The programme was first broadcast on 4 October 1980 and continued for 6 years. The programme was produced and directed by Bob Collins.

RTÉ Archives: Phil Lynott’s Dublin

Directed by Brian Reddin of Dearg Films (you may remember Brian as presenter of ‘The Last Picture Show‘), the 30 minute doc is a behind the scenes look at how the video was made and who was involved. It features Eric Bell, Jim Lockhart, Philomena Lynnot, Brush Shiels, Fiachra Trench, Fachtna O Ceallaigh, Aonghus McAnally, Brush Shiels and Alison O Donnell from Mellow Candle amongst others.

Brian Reddin on RTE Arena

Documentary now on YouTube..

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.

YouTube Channel & Playlists

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Along with twitter, facebook, soundcloud, mixcloud accounts we also have a YouTube channel. In addition to a few videos rescued from VHS tapes generously sent by readers (there are some ‘No Disco’ tapes outstanding – on the TODO list!) we use playlists to track musical performances we come across from shows close to our hearts e.g. Anything Goes, Visual Eyes, Borderline, Megamix, On The Waterfront and No Disco. If you want to take a trip down memory lane these playlists might be a good starting off point and if you come across clips we missed then drop a line. Whilst on the subject a big thank you to all who have donated and uploaded priceless clips and a major tip of the hat to KillianM2 who continues to do sterling work. Now excuse us – we’re off to add an #MTUSA playlist..

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The Session (1987-1988)

Posted in TV with tags on September 14, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Wednesday nights at 10.30pm TG4 are airing a 1987 RTE TV series produced by Frontier Films called ‘The Session‘. Recorded before a live audience the series features a mix of American and Irish musicians performing together. Our favourite episode sticks out like a sore thumb – a rock episode featuring 3 sets from Paul Cleary & The Partisans, Light A Big Fire and In Tua Nua. The series is well worth a second viewing (catch it on the TG4 player if you missed it) and we are hoping that TG4 might do some more poking around in the archives, a look at Anything Goes, Borderline or TV GAGA anyone?


Original Series

Season 1: Shot in the summer of 1987, the first programmes to be made in RTE’s spanking new Studio 4.

Programme 1 Bobby Whitlock with John Parr and Steve Cropper
Programme 2 Louis Stewart with Mundell Lowe and Jim Doherty
Programme 3 Donal Lunny with Elvis Costello and Matt Molloy
Programme 4 Philip Donnelly and John Prine
Programme 5 Paul Cleary and the Partisans, In Tua Nua and Light a Big Fire
Programme 6 Nanci Griffith and the Nashville Bluegrass Band

Season 2: Shot over three nights in the Point Theatre in 1988, the opening event in what is now called the 3arena.

Programme 1 Mary Black with The Black Family and Rosie Flores
Programme 2 The Chieftains with Flaco Jimenez and band
Programme 3 Guy Clark with Arcady (featuring a young Sharon Shannon) and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Programme 4 John Prine with Lyle Lovett and Marty Stuart
Programme 5 Don Everly and the Dead Cowboys with Jack Clement
Programme 6 Joe Ely and Wilko Johnson

TG4 (2015)

Programme 1 – Bobby Whitlock with John Parr and Steve Cropper
Programme 2 – Donal Lunny with Elvis Costello, Matt Molloy and Iarla O lianard.
Programme 3 – Philip Donnelly with John Prine and Bobby Whitlock
Programme 4 – Louis Stewart with Mundell Lowe, Jim Doherty and Honor Heffernan
Programme 5 – Nanci Griffith, Ray Lynam, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor and Mary Black
Programme 6 – The Chieftains, Flaco Jimenez and band and The O’Kanes
Programme 7 – Guy Clark, Arcady featuring Sharon Shannon, Francis Black with Sean Keane, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Marty Stewart
Programme 8 – John Prine and Lyle Lovett
Programme 9 – Paul Cleary and the Partisans, In Tua Nua and Light a Big Fire
Programme 10 – Mary Black, The Black Family, Rosie Flores with Flaco Jimenez and Marty Stewart
Programme 11 – Joe Ely and Wilko Johnson
Programme 12 – Jack ‘Cowboy’ Clement, The Dead Cowboys featuring Don Everly, Jim Rooney and Philip Donnelly.

No Disco (1993-2003)

Posted in TV with tags , on September 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

no disco logo

A great piece by Colm O’Callaghan for The Blackpool Sentinel, ‘This is No Disco‘ prompted us to create a playlist of interviews and sessions from the much missed RTE TV show. ‘No Disco‘ was a no budget TV show produced by RTE Cork and presented by, in turn Donal Dineen, Uaneen Fitzsimons and Leagues O’Toole. While VHS is not our forte we have in the past managed to dig out a number of ‘No Disco’ recordings e.g. The Divine Comedy, The Harvest Ministers. Colm’s loose talk of mythical sessions by The Revenants, Edwyn Collins and John Hegarty mean another trip to the dreaded attic awaits.

While on the subject of ‘No Disco’, producer Rory Cobbe was interviewed by Ray Wingnut for the first ‘An Ciaróg Eile’ podcast (skip to 29 min mark)..

Curious Broadcast (2012)

‘No Disco’ YouTube playlist:

The Stars are Underground

Posted in documentary, Music, TV on December 26, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


We’ve long been a fan of Pat Clafferty. He first came to our attention with The Riordans. Next came Mexican Pets. And finally there was Wheel. All three bands recorded Fanning sessions but unfortunately as yet we only have The Riordans. The reason we mention Pat is because he is organising an evening ‘Celebrating Irish independent music from the 90s‘ in The Grand Social on 29th December at 8pm. Niall McGuirk of Hope and Paul Shanahan of Blunt will also be DJing.

‘The Stars are Underground’ is also the title of a 1996 documentary by Daragh McCarthy which features some bands who might make an appearance next Monday.. Two excellent sites you should check out are blunt and rekcollector. And it goes without saying if you have any Fanning sessions for us please get in touch..

Finally we have a track titled ‘The Stars are Underground’ from another Patrick Clafferty project, Reno 5. Recorded in London 1999, the band also features Michael Mullen, Ivan Birthistle and Ross Neville.

Holiday TV & Radio Highlights (2013)

Posted in Music, radio, TV on December 21, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


Like turkey & ham the RTE Guide is a Christmas tradition round these parts but finding the juicy bits sometimes takes a bit of work. Here are some of highlights from the 2013 edition. As you might guess end of year roundups feature strongly, if there is anything missing you know what to do.

Monday December 23rd
9am-midday, Ray D’Arcy Show, featuring live sessions recorded during 2013 (TodayFM)
8pm-10pm, Fannings Fab 50, part 1 (RTÉ 2fm)

Tuesday December 24th
7-10pm, Fannings Fab 50, part 2 (RTÉ 2fm)

Thursday December 26th
3pm-4pm, Belfast Songlines, Stuart Bailie takes listeners around the scenes evoked by Van Morrison songs (lyricfm)
5pm-6pm, Whiskey in the Jar The Eric Bell Story (RTÉ Radio 1)
8pm-9.30pm, Take Me To Church: Other Voices, Cathal Murray takes a trip to Dingle to investigate what happens when Other Voices comes to town (RTÉ Radio 1)

Friday December 27th
4.30pm-6pm, Radio 1 Live Cathal Murray hosts a look at the very best live music performances from 2013 (RTÉ Radio 1)

Saturday December 28th
7pm-8pm, One Piece At A Time, Miss Paula Flynn looks at the different sides of Johnny Cash (RTÉ Radio 1)

Monday December 30th
2pm-3pm, Black on Blue: Mary’s Tribute to Joni, Mary Black pays tribute to the life and music of Joni Mitchell featuring contributions from Wallis Bird, Gemma Hayes, Roisin O (RTE Radio 1)
7pm-9pm, The Best of the TodayFM Sessions with Colm O’Sullivan (TodayFM)

Tuesday December 31st (New Year’s Eve)
2pm-3pm, Final Partings, Jim Lockhart and guests look back at some of the rock pioneers we lost in 2013 including Lou Reed and Phil Chevron (RTÉ Radio 1)
9pm-12.15, New Year’s Eve Concert at Dublin’s College Green featuring Madness, The Strypes, Ryan Sheridan, Seo Linn (RTÉ Radio 1)


Wednesday December 25th
7.50pm, Ceol Johnny Cash, featuring Republic of Loose , Fiachna Ó Braonáin and The Hot Sprockets, Eleanor McEvoy (TG4)

Friday December 27th
9.50pm-10.50pm, Dermot Morgan – Fearless Funnyman, a selection of Dermot’s family and admirers, including Pat Shortt, Oliver Callan and Pauline McLynn, look back on the comedian’s life (RTÉ One)

Saturday December 28th
9.15pm-9.45pm, Ceol Hank Wiliams, featuring Jack L, Mundy, Lumiere (TG4)

Tuesday December 31st (New Year’s Eve)
8.50pm-9.50pm, Ceol Patsy Cline, featuring Brian Kennedy, John Spillane, Kila (TG4)

Wednesday January 1st (New Year’s Day)
9.15pm-9.45pm, Ceol ar an Imeall Don Nollaig, special edition of the Una Mullally hosted music show looks back at some of the 100 bands who have featured and what to expect in the new season (TG4)

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’.


Lou Reed Interview (1996)

TG4 to broadcast new six-part music documentary ‘Guth’

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags on August 29, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


Guth‘ promises to be a new and revealing six-part documentary series that tells the story of modern pop music and how the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants have changed the face of popular music.

What impact, if any, did their Irish blood have on singers like Bing Crosby, John Lydon, Morrissey and Marr, Dusty Springfield, John Lennon, or the Gallagher Brothers? And what impact did their music have on Ireland?

It is often said that the emigrants that sailed from this country travelled with nothing but the clothes on their backs, but they also carried with them something more intangible: they carried stories and songs of home in their hearts. These emigrants made their way to London and Liverpool, Boston and New York where they established roots and communities.

The series examines the environments and influences that shaped the musical heritage and creativity of the emigrant Irish and their offspring. Through a combination of interviews with the musicians themselves and archive footage both of their work and emigrant life GUTH crafts a story that is part social history, part music documentary and breaks new ground in analysing the impact of the Irish diaspora.

The series is produced by Bríd Seoige and directed by Dathaí Keane.

The series was funded by BAI Sound and Vision and TG4.

Guth will be broadcast on TG4 Thursdays 9.30pm from 26th September, repeated on Mondays at midnight.

The episode on John Lydon features live footage from Paranoid Visions and a few words from Deklan Dachau.

  • Ep 1: Bing Crosby
  • Ep 2 : Dusty Springfield
  • Ep 3: John Lydon
  • Ep 4: The Smiths
  • Ep 5: Oasis
  • Ep 6: The Beatles



Here Comes The Summer: A BBC Four Undertones documentary

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , on April 5, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

I finally got round to watching the recent BBC4 documentary ‘Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story‘ and a very enjoyable experience it was. Directed & produced by Chris Wilson and narrated by actor James Nesbitt it features interviews with all band members bar Feargal Sharkey. Of particular interest were the interviews with friends and family members including the Kevin of ‘My Perfect Cousin’ fame. I found it enlightening and poignant and a worthy addition to the Undertones canon. Music agent Paul Charles makes an appearance, testifying to the power of the band’s live show. Rebroadcast on BBCFour on the eve of St Patrick’s Day 2018.


The Fireflys

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , on December 28, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

fireflys megamix 1988

This band came up recently on the Tom Dunne show where The Strypes performed on the Christmas special. Tom mentioned that there was a parental link to The Fireflys so some research was in order, Cavan is decidedly underrepresented on this site so this was as opportunity to rectify that.


According to the Irish Rock Discography, The Fireflys were John Walsh, Barry Walsh, Niall Walsh and Paul Cox (drums). Niall Walsh is indeed manager of The Strypes and father of drummer Evan.

The first clip is a track which is very familiar but which I havent yet placed is a performance of ‘Love Train’ on RTE’s Action Station Saturday.

The second is an RTE Late Late Show performance.

Further details and clarifications are as usual most welcome.

Off The Record

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , on May 21, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

I recently stumbled across this short film by Niall Farrell which features three personalities who are no strangers to this blog. Gibb Cassidy worked in Dublin’s Road records and recently opened his own independent record outlet Elastic Witch. Darren McCreesh is the man behind the upcoming ‘Strange Passion‘ compilation with radio show of the same name on PowerFM. Last but not least Brian O’Kelly was a member of The Gorehounds and founder of the Comet Records shop and label (their Comet compilations have featured regularly in these pages). Comet Records closed in 2011 and Brian is currently active with Irish Record Fairs touring the land with his hoards of vintage Irish vinyl.

Engine Alley – Full Steam Ahead (Hot Press, 17th Oct 1991)

Posted in Hot Press, TV with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

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.

Your Head (RTE Late Late Show 1991)

Borderline (1986-1988)

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , on April 6, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


Borderline was a “young people’s show” on RTÉ Television from 1986-1988. The show’s presenters were Aonghus McAnally, Majella Nolan, Ronan Johnston, Eithne Hand and Maria Doyle. As part of their 50 years celebrations RTE has posted one complete show online. The show in question (1/3/1988) coincided with The Stag Hotpress Awards. Winners who popped into studio to chat and/or perform include Rory Gallagher, Mary Coughlan, Something Happens (‘Burn Clear’), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen. Also performing on the show were The Sugar Rays (‘House In Order’) and The Stars Of Heaven (’28’).

‘Borderline’ playlist on YouTube:

See also ‘Anything Goes‘, ‘Visual Eyes‘ playlists.

Scary Eire (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session, TV with tags , , , on February 23, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


We’ve been on the lookout for this session for a while but watching the fallout from RTE TV’s ‘Ireland’s Rappers‘ was the spur to look again, a comment on the Irish Times ‘On The Record’ blog by Stevie Grainger rang true:

“I’ll never forget the buzz i got listening to the “Truncheon Song” by Scary Eire on the Dave Fanning show in the early 90s”

Formed in 1990 Scary Eire were a pioneering Irish hip hop outfit featuring Dada Sloosh, DJ Mek, Mr Browne and RiRa. In 2007 they released a compilation ‘The Scary Era’.

More reading: ‘Beats, Bodhráns and Bloody Mayhem – the story of Scary Éire‘ []

Truncheon Song (1993)

Hold Yer Whisht (1993)

Lost For Words (1993)

50 Years Of RTE (#RTETV50)

Posted in Music, TV with tags , on February 8, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


RTE TV celebrates it’s 50th birthday this year and is using the occasion to feature a selection of archive content online and in the regular TV schedule. The highlight so far round these parts was the David Heffernan documentary on Phil Lynott. Dave is familiar to readers of this site as he was the face of rock music on RTE childrens show ‘Anything Goes‘. I don’t remember an awful lot about the show as the only reason I watched was to catch a glimpse of the young Irish bands that Dave would introduce performing in studio. I believe RTE is sitting on a veritable goldmine not in monetary terms but in having an archive of performances that capture a lost generation of irish rock music. I would love to see RTE get Dave Heffernan do a documentary on those musical performances. Maybe Dave could share a few memories of the show and what they got up to, maybe talk to some of the band members and reminisce about the show. Lets be clear I’m not talking about a show that digs out early U2 appearances, I’m interested in the unsung bands who burned bright and left indelible impressions on young minds up and down the country and have since fallen off the radar. I personally would gladly watch a show made up entirely of the musical performances on the show, it could be as simple as an on screen informational text a la ‘Reeling In The Years’ but for gods sake dont dare give us another show like ‘Reverb’ with infuriatingly short musical clips interspersed with inane commentary from folk who havent a clue what they are talking about. This is the RTE equivalent of ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ we’re talking about. There were other shows that are also of interest for their musical content. I cant remember the chronology but ‘TV Ga Ga’, ‘Visual Eyes‘, ‘Megamix‘ and ‘Borderline‘ spring to mind. The Late Late Show also featured occasional performance from up and coming irish rock acts. How about it RTE, a retro music series for us fortysomethings?


At The Window (Visual Eyes)

Posted in Fanning, Music, TV with tags , , , , on February 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Details on Shannon, Co. Clare three piece At The Window remain elusive but thanks to a fellow archivist we now have some video footage. This recording of ‘State Aid’ was for RTE TV show ‘Visual Eyes‘ in 1986. The Fanning session recording of the same song can be found here. If anyone has further details on the band members please leave a comment or send an email. I do wish RTE would put all these 80s music shows online but that’s another matter..

Forget Me Nots (On The Waterfront)

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , , , on January 5, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Formed in 1990 in Dublin Forget Me Nots were Michelle Burrows (vocals, guitar), Eithne Flynn (vocals, guitar), Maurice McGrath (guitar), Mark Walsh (bass) and Justin Healy (drums). Justin was previously with The Golden Horde and The Glee Club. The band released singles ‘2 Fay Ray’ (1991), ‘Trouble’ (1992), ‘Soap Singer’s Beat’ (1992) and album ‘Hullabaloo’ (1992). While well received, the album didn’t achieve the level of success expected and following one further single ‘So Good’ (1993) parted company with Sony/Colombia Records. The quartet went on to release ‘Five O’Clock’ train in 1994 before calling it a day. This footage was recorded for the RTE programme ‘On The Waterfront‘ in 1992.

The Harvest Ministers (No Disco Acoustic Room)

Posted in Music, session, TV with tags , , , on December 4, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Listening to Donal Dineen reminisce about ‘No Disco’ last week in his ‘An Ode To Radio‘ show got me thinking that I still had a couple of acoustic sessions recorded for that show which I hadnt yet shared. Aoife linked to The Divine Comedy last week and already someone has contacted me with the promise of 4 precious VHS cassettes of recordings. These Acoustic Room sessions were recorded in Fr. Matthew Hall which is just beside the RTE Cork studios. This particular recording is of The Harvest Ministers who we have already featured and they perform ‘I Never Raised My Voice to You’.

Anything Goes (1980 – 1986)

Posted in TV with tags , , , on October 12, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

‘Anything Goes’ was a “young people’s show on RTÉ Television as part of development of young people’s programming”. First broadcast on 4 October 1980 it continued for 6 years. Presenters on the show were Kathy Parke, Aonghus McAnally, Mary FitzGerald, David Heffernan and Mary Frances Calayco. I will add to the list of musical acts who performed as I find them.

‘Anything Goes’ YouTube playlist:

In Tua Nua – ‘Coming Through‘ (1984)
The Babysnakes – ‘Fade‘ (1985)
The Crack – ‘When The Time Comes‘ (1981)
Cruella De Ville (1983)
The End – ‘That Warm Feeling’ (1981)
Soon – ‘In A Nutshell’ (198?)
G Squad – (1985)
Tokyo Olympics (1981)
Driveshaft (198x)
Porcelyn Tears (198x)
The Sussed (198x)
The Atrix – ‘I Wonder Why‘ (1981)
The Stars Of Heaven – ‘Every Other Day‘ (1985)
Montage – ‘When I Close My Eyes
to be continued..

Hot Press: The Write Stuff

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , on January 28, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Hot Press magazine has just celebrated it’s 800th issue and to commemorate RTE1 is showing a documentary ‘Hot Press: The Write Stuff‘ on Tuesday 1st Feb at 10.15pm.

Their hair was once shoulder-length and what’s left of it now is mostly grey. Two of them are still following the same path they started down in the late Seventies, in a country of soaring unemployment and inflation, where contraception was illegal and divorce was banned. Others of them are now household names, as writers, journalists and commentators. Back then, they were young, unknown and there was no obvious outlet for their talents. So they set about doing it for themselves: in 1977, Niall Stokes and Mairin Sheehy founded Hot Press.

It was a music magazine and it became more – a political and cultural rallying-point for alternative points of view of all kinds. Its writers, designers and production staff tapped phones, biked cheques from bank to bank and drove in relays to the Kerry train to catch the printers, after long nights of putting the magazine together fuelled by coffee so thick a Turk could trot on it. They became a family, a haven of mutual support and, like many families, a place too for dysfunction and, for some of them, excess.

Long before the internet, they created a community which stretched from Ballaghadareen to Bundoran, from Enniscorthy to Skibbereen, united by the music and by their writers’ and readers’ different visions of an Ireland in which they could feel at home, in which they could be free to be themselves. And their contribution to the success of that movement has also, in the way of things, made them part of a new establishment. But at the exceptionally advanced age – for an Irish magazine – of 34, Hot Press is still here, still looking out for new voices, fresh writing talents, music that needs to be listened to.

The documentary Hot Press: The Write Stuff tells the tumultous story of those early years, through the memories of its writers including Declan Lynch, Liam Mackey, Peter Murphy and John Waters, of its founders Niall Stokes and Mairin Sheehy, and of Harry Browne, Dave Fanning, Bob Geldof, Jackie Hayden and Michael D. Higgins. It’s a story about music and politics, about principles and ambitions, above all a story about being young and just going for it.

Visual Eyes (1986 – 1987)

Posted in Fanning, live, Music, TV with tags on January 3, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

visual eyes 1987

Visual Eyes‘ was an arts series on RTE television “focused on different areas of media and technology” presented by Dave Fanning, directed by Declan Lowney and produced by Billy Magra. It ran for two series from 1986-87. Rock artists that appeared include The Village, Dorian Mood, One Deaf Ear, Hothouse Flowers, That Petrol Emotion, Azure Days, Stars Of Heaven, Those Handsome Devils and Kitsch Is Rich. If you have any video footage from this time please get in touch, maybe we can arrange a swap..

‘Visual Eyes’ YouTube playlist