The Boy The Boy (Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on August 18, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Sligo, The Boy The Boy were Fran Healy (vocals), Shane Boyce (guitars), Finn Corrigan (keyboards, guitar), Martin Harte (bass) and Enda McGoldrick (drums). Thanks to Owain for digging out the recording and to for kind use of the photo.

The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (demo)


Bird (Session)

Posted in Music on August 17, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Bird were Jeff Collier (drums), Paul Bushnell (bass), Conor Brady (electric guitar), Eamon Flynn (acoustic guitar) and Shelley Busckspan (vocals). The session was produced by Jim Lockhart. We have the first of four tracks.

A Quick Sketch

Cork Zine Expo: August 16th-27th 2016

Posted in Music on August 16, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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Available at the exhibition will be a special zine Circa’91 the Zine edited by Anto Dillon (Loserdom) and designed by Fiona O’Mahony. The zine features tales from the legendary Sir Henry’s Sonic Youth / Nirvana show 25 years ago and of the Cork music scene of the time as told by Morty McCarthy, Jim Comet, Shane Fitzsimons and Sean Fitzgerald.

Attendees of the exhibition will also be treated to a mixtape curated by The Fanning Sessions Archive and Circa’91 featuring a compilation of live recordings from Cork Rocks 1990, 1991 and 1993, Feile 1992 and 1993 and Eurorock.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday August 16th until Saturday August 27th in Cork Central Library, 57-61 Grand Parade, Cork. Opening times are 10am-5.30pm.


Trenchtown (1990 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 13, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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From Drogheda, Trenchtown were David Leslie (vocals, guitar), Robbie Caffrey (bass, vocals), Barry Leahy (guitar, vocals), Thierry Millet (saxaphone) and Dave O’Neill (drums). They recorded this session on June 11th 1990, the day Ireland played England in the World Cup which explains why the session was recorded in 2 takes. Ian Wilson produced and during the mixing received a call from a band called The Saw Doctors looking for a session. We also have a compilation of Cork Rocks 1990 featuring two live tracks from the band. Dave’s intros are confusing because he gets 2 of the track titles wrong. Thanks to Robbie for digging out the recording, photos and bio and Dave for the date correction.

Moving Target (1990)

Hitman (1990)

Money (1990)

New York Dancing Trees (1990)

The Hooks (2002 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 7, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Sligo, The Hooks were Keith Mulligan (guitar/vocals), Ronan Mulligan (guitar/vocals), Colin Delaney (drums), Willie Gregory (bass). The band is now San Francisco based with Chet Hamby (bass) replacing Willie Gregory but still going strong.

Natasha Twist (2002)

Eva Dallas (1998 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 6, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Dublin and featuring ex members of The Cherry Brogues, Puppy Love Bomb, Candy Apple Red, Eva Dallas were  Joe Rodgers (drums), Alan Cullivan (bass),  Liam Beesley  (guitar) and Adam Smith (vocals & guitar).If anyone has the third session track or a bigger photo of the band please get in touch. Joe Rodgers is currently active with The Rockets.

Site Update:

Whilst on the subject of getting in touch, a quick note.. this site is a solo operation but would have become dormant a long time ago were it not for the generous contributions of many readers who have offered words of encouragement, dug out cassettes, VHS tapes, MP3s, old copies of Hot Press etc. If you have been in touch and I have not responded or have not yet posted something you were kind enough to submit please do remind me as things sometimes get hectic round here with matters non musical and advancing years.

Fortunate Resigned (1998)

Avec Le Vent (1998)

Midwich Cuckoos (1987 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 29, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

From Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, the Midwich Cuckoos were Marty McElroy (bass and vocals), Frank McGirr & David Meade. Marty was previously in a 2 piece called Verbal Shark Stampede with Alec McGinley (guitar) and a drum machine. They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1987. Thank you Daithi for the band details and Irene for the correction.

Smell Of Petrol (1987)

Image Impression (1987)

Sold Religion (1987)

Birthday Cracker (1987)