Posted in Music with tags on January 15, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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“Dolores O’Riordan is the name of the singer, you may need to remember that” John Peel plays The Cranberries in 1991.


Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly public discussion Culture Night 2016

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


Radio On was a public discussion event held at Gulpd Café, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork on Aug 24th 2016. The event was based around the radio documentary ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ produced by Paul McDermott and first broadcast on UCC98.3FM. That documentary centres on Cork singer Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. Radio On featured Paul McDermott as MC for the evening, in conversation with Ricky Dineen (Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea?, Beethoven), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Rob McKahey (Stump).

The event took place during Heritage Week and was sponsored by The Heritage Council, with support from the Cork Folklore Project and UCC98.3FM. The programme was produced by Conor O’Toole with sound supervision by Kieran Hurley at UCC98.3FM.

Shown on the night and discussed in the podcast are the photos of Ciaran O’Tuama (Cypress,Mine!) and Pat Galvin. Many of Pat’s photos featured in the TG4 documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ which provided a fascinating profile of The Arcadia. Ciaran apparently has a huge archive of photos many of which have not yet been developed – we hope that will soon be rectified!


Fanning’s Fab 50 (1997)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 12, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Prolific YouTube archivist KillianM2 is sifting literally through a shed load of VHS tapes with a pile of RTE Guides to keep him company. This being January another Fanning’s Fab 50 has come across his desk and he was kind enough to share.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1995)

Posted in Music with tags on January 11, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We’re attempting to compile a full list of Fanning’s Fab50 rundowns with not a great deal of success. Thank you KillianM2 who just found this in a January 1996 edition of the RTE Guide.

The Hujiwallas (1993 Demo)

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

Pat Kelleher and Mick Lynch

The Hujiwallas were a short lived project featuring Pat Kelleher (vocals, bass), Ricky Dineen (guitars), Wally Desmond (pipes) and Sandra Farrell (additional vocals). They recorded a demo in Coad Mountain studio Caherdaniel, Co Kerry in 1993 engineered/produced by Simon Taylor. Pat performed the vocals but the intention was to eventually find another singer. Pat of course was previously a member of Mean Features. The above photo taken by Murphy Kie at a Finbarr Donnelly remembrance gig features Pat with Mick Lynch of Stump, both men now sadly lost to cancer. With thanks to Ricky Dineen.

Well Hello (1993)

Meet Rover (1993)

Hairy Molly (1993)

Ballygowan (1993)

Pat’s Tapes

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

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Over the years we have been fortunate to come across a number of folk generous enough to entrust us with their tape collections. Lightning struck again recently when producer/director/presenter Pat O’Mahony dropped 103 demo tapes from his personal collection on our doorstep. Regular listeners to the Dave Fanning show in the years 1990 to 1997 will recognise Pat as a frequent stand-in on the show. Check out this recent interview for the debut episode of Pat’s Off Message podcast.

We are currently in the process of cataloging the tapes before digitising begins. Thanks to Pat and to Dan Boyle for his assistance.

A special thank you also to all previous donors, without whom, this site would have long ago shut up shop.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Here it is folks, the Fab 50 as broadcast by Dave Fanning on December 23rd and 24th 2017. Still one or two missing track names, please send us any corrections and we will update. We hope to publish our own #altfab50 before year’s end featuring the fave 2017 tracks from readers and friends of the site so stay tuned..

Listen back to the Fab 50 via the RTE Player: part 1 and part 2.

50. rag’n’bone man – human
49. mic christopher – heyday
48. red hot chilli peppers – scar tissue
47. flaming lips – do you realise?
46. david bowie – where are we now?
45. bon iver – holocene?
44. johnny cash – hurt
43. the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
42. lcd soundsystem – someone great
41. war on drugs – red eyes
40. gorillaz – feel good inc
39. mgmt – electric feel
38. raconteurs – steady as she goes
37. coldplay – fix you
36. bellx1 – the great defector
35. kasabian – fire
34. kings of leon – use somebody
33. arcade fire – intervention
32. the national – bloodbuzz ohio
31. daft punk – get lucky
30. amy winehouse – rehab
29. the temper trap – sweet disposition
28. mgmt – kids
27. arcade fire – everything now
26. u2 – every breaking wave
25. yeah yeah yeahs – maps
24. kurt vile – pretty pimpin
23. the national – fake empire
22. coldplay – yellow
21. radiohead – everything in its right place
20. florence & the machine – dog days are over
19. eminem – lose yourself
18. arctic monkeys – fluorescent adolescent
17. bon iver – skinny love
16. franz ferdinand – take me out
15. mgmt – time to pretend
14. hozier – take me to church
13. future islands – seasons waiting on you
12. foster the people – pumped up kicks
11. london grammar – strong
10. arctic monkeys – do i wanna know?
09. arcade fire – rebellion
08. elbow – one day like this
07. arcade fire – wake up
06. the white stripes – seven nation army
05. the strokes – last night
04. arctic monkeys – i bet you look good on the dancefloor
03. kings of leon – sex on fire
02. lcd soundsystem – all my friends
01. the killers – mr brightside