The Classics (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on October 14, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


the classics - megamixFrom Dublin, The Classics were Nigel Williams (vocals, bass) and Maureen Kelly (guitar), Ricky O’Connor and Maurice McGrath. This session featured 4 tracks of which we have 3, ‘Don’t Tell Me’ has not yet been located.

Obsolete (1986)

Where Do You Get Your Love From? (1986)

Leroy Brown (1986)

Kaydee (1997 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 13, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


From Kilkenny, Kaydee were Jan Kiely (vocals), Kevin Bruce (guitar), Mark McCorry (bass) and Joey Shore (drums). Recorded in June 1997 the 2FM Fanning session tracks were ‘Once’, ‘All I Ever Wanted’, ‘Seven Days’and ‘Falling Down’. Soon after this session founder member Jan Kiely left to be replaced by Tara Egan-Langley (Tara Blaise). Original member Bob Murphy (bass) had left earlier in 1997.

Seven Days (1997)

Pat Shortt’s Music for D’Telly

Posted in Music with tags , , , on October 12, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

A great piece by Colm O’Callaghan for The Blackpool Sentinel today tipped us off to a new music show in the RTE schedule. Like us Colm is a fan of Dave Heffernan and used watch ‘Anything Goes‘ religiously of a Saturday morning – for the music segment.


Ten years after the Des Bishop hosted ‘Reverb’, RTE television is once again dipping it’s toe into the music archives.

The multi-talented Pat Shortt raids the RTÉ music archives to unearth the most popular, rarely seen and occasionally wacky music and music-related items from over 60 years of programme making.

We know Pat has musical chops so fingers crossed he doesn’t play this one for laughs. Pat Shortt’s Music for D’Telly kicks off on RTE1 Friday, October 30th November 6th at 8.30pm. The series is directed and produced by Dave Heffernan.

For what it’s worth we’d love to see someone like Colm let loose on the RTE archive to dig out some of the treasures we know are there. Maybe time for the ‘No Disco‘ approach once again?

Update: Pat was on the Late Late show last week promoting the series, watch on the RTE player here:

pat shortt late late

Update #2: RTE promo

The Chapter House (1986 Demo)

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


From Cork, The Chapter House were Anne Redmond (vocals), Paul Moore (drums) and Skully (keyboards). Anne Redmond was previously a member of Porcelyn Tears while Skully was in Real Mayonnaize. Jerry Buckley (bass) also from Real Mayonnaize guested on ‘Horizontal Nightmare’. The band were winners of the RTE 2fm Hot Press Band of 1986. They recorded one Fanning session, produced by Jim Lockhart part of which was released as the single ‘Scorch Avenue’. Skully later formed Metisse who also recorded an as yet unlocated Fanning session of their own.

Beside You (1986)

Horizontal Nightmare (1986)

Perfect Crime (1986)

Leagues O’Toole: Songs In The Key Of Life

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 25, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


We’ve been meaning to check out Nadine O’Regan‘s Saturday morning show ‘Songs In The Key Of Life‘ on TXFM for a while but when Leagues O’Toole featured that finally pushed us over the edge. Leagues is an author, broadcaster and music promoter. He is the man behind music magazine ‘Foggy Notions’, was host on RTE music show ‘No Disco‘ and filled in regularly on TodayFM for Tom Dunne and Donal Dineen back in the day. As you’ll hear in the interview he has also produced a documentary and written a book about Planxty.

Songs In The Key Of Life (2015)

Max Von Rap (1986 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

max von rap

From Cork, Max Von Rap were Joe Rex aka Pat O’Connell (bass & vocals), Mick Finnegan (guitar), Ulli Hoffman (synthesizers) and Rob McKahey (drums). Mick Finnegan was previously in Nun Attax and later in Expresso Mambo. Rob McKahey was and still is a member of Stump!. Pat O’Connell was later a member of The Atrix. This track possibly features Mark Van Dam (saxophone) and Jerry Fehily of Hothouse Flowers (drums). Thanks to RiochtNaSaor for the photo.

Still Deep (1986)

Engine Alley (1990 Demo, 2011 Interview and Upcoming Gig)

Posted in Music with tags on September 16, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

engine alley kerbdog
Engine Alley are Canice Kenealy (vocals), Brian Kenealy (guitar), Eamonn Byrne (bass) and Paul O’Byrne (drums). They play a (sold out) Kos Refugee Fundraiser this Saturday 19th September with Kerbdog and Kingston in Kilkenny’s Billy O Byrnes.

engine alley capel st

Beautiful (1990)

RTE Arena Interview & Session (2011)


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