Peter Buck – Dave Fanning Interview (1991)

Posted in interview with tags , on August 31, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since R.E.M released ‘Out Of Time‘. Here’s a short telephone interview Dave Fanning did with Peter Buck a week before the album came out. Thanks to Michael for digging out this tape.

Peter Buck (1991)

Premonition (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on August 26, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Premonition were John Brennan (guitar, vocals), Kevin Morris (guitar, mandolin), Kieran Eaton (bass) and Gerard Eaton (drums).

Clutching At Straws

China Garden / Still Unlucky / Now I Know

The Believers (Cork Rock 1990)

Posted in Music with tags on August 22, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

The recent demo from The Boy The Boy generated some nice feedback which is encouraging, it’s nice to know folks are listening.. Greg on facebook asked if we had anything by The Believers so a rumble through the tape archive was called for..

The Believers were a post Light A Big Fire project of Ken Duffy (vocals), Pat Diskin (bass), Pete Dench (guitar) and Gary Sullivan (drums). They recorded a Fanning session in 1989 which we have not yet located. We do however have one track recorded live at Cork Rock 1990.

Burning Up (1990)

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)