Great Western Squares (Eclectic Ballroom 1998)

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Reading of The Stars Are Underground 2016 gig in the Grand Social Dublin on December 29th reminded yours truly of a John Kelly ‘Eclectic Ballroom’ show in 1998 where Gary and Oona of The Great Western Squares dropped in to the TodayFM studio for a chat and to play a few records.

From Dublin, The Great Western Squares were Gary Fitzpatrick (vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, melodica, harmonica), Oona White (vocals, jews harp, melodica), Gary O’Growney (mandolin, bass), Stan Erraught (electric, lead and slide guitars, lap dulcimer), Tim Rogers (fiddle, mandolin), Alan Murphy (drums) and Pat McGauley (bass).

..formed during the summer of 1996 – originally a one-off, impromptu project assembled by Gary Fitzpatrick (formerly of the noise band Pincher Martin) to play a “Johnny Cash Appreciation Society” showcase in Dublin, Ireland, the group’s debut performance went over so well that it soon became an ongoing concern. By October, the Squares were playing on a weekly basis, covering classics by everyone from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons to Jimmy Webb, and in early 1997 they recorded the covers album Judas Steer. A collection of originals, Almost Sober, followed a year later.

The recording isn’t great for the first 10 min but is fine thereafter. Now we’re off to track down the album!

Andy White (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on November 23, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From Belfast, Andy White recorded a Fanning session on December 4th 1989. Andy has just released a career spanning box set and is on tour in the UK  before playing Whelan’s on December 29th. Andy will be the focus of an hour long profile on the Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music show on Saturday December 3rd at 9pm.

6 String Street (1989)

The Pale Moonlight (1989)

Raspberry Beret (1989)

Your Cheating Heart (1989)

Vision Of You (1989)

Hinterland (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on November 19, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

hinterland-pressDonal Coghlan who sadly passed away and that prompted a trip to the attic to look for a copy of the Hinterland Fanning session. Recorded in studio 8 on May 16th 1990 the session features Donal Coghlan (vocals, bass, keyboards), Gerry Leonard (guitar) and Wayne Sheehy (drums). For more on Hinterland start here.

God’s Reverb (1990)

Reporter  (1990)

Stanley’s Minutes (1990)

Desert Boots (1990)

My Little Funhouse (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on November 16, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Kilkenny’s My Little Funhouse were formed by Alan Lawlor (vocals), Anthony Morrissey (guitar), Brendan Morrissey (guitar), Gary Deevy (bass). They later recruited Derek Maher (drums) who left in 1993 to be replaced by Graham Hopkins (drums).

Catholic Boy (1991)

Rachel (1991)

Raintown (1991)

The Sweetest Dream (1991)

Donal Coghlan Tribute

Posted in Music with tags , on November 8, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Ken Sweeney joined Tom Dunne last night on Tom’s Newstalk show to pay tribute to Hinterland frontman Donal Coghlan who passed away at the weekend after a battle with multiple sclerosis.

Check out the excellent Hinterland piece on The Blackpool Sentinel by Colm O’Callaghan on which Gerry Leonard commented today “Thanks so much for this recounting of the Hinterland story. And even more if its possible for the telling of Donal’s story. He was the real thing you know. He was as passionate and articulate and artistic as any of his peers (Mike Scott, Paul Buchanan, Paddy McAloon… ). It’s our loss that he’s gone.“.

We hope to dig out the 1990 Hinterland session for Dave Fanning in the not too distant future. Rest in peace Donal.

Donal Coghlan Tribute (7th Nov 2016)

Clark’s Gable (1990 Session)

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

clarks-gableOriginally from Sligo, Clark’s Gable were Kieran Gorman (vocals), Alan Dunne (guitar), Finn Corrigan [R.I.P.] (guitar, keyboards), Ciaran Egan (guitar) and Tom Jamieson  (drums). This Fanning session dates from 1990. Thank you Joe Hunt for the band photo.

Housewife Of The Year (1990)

Sweetest Impurity (1990)

Welcome To The Tower Of Spite (1990)

Reclining Seat (1990)

Hoover Clinic (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on November 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


From the northside of Dublin, Hoover Clinic were from right to left Kieran Dalton (guitar), Dermot Behan (guitar), Alan Caffery (lead vocal & bass) and John Lawlor (drums). This Fanning session was recorded circa 1990.

Runaway (1990)

Funky Love (1990)

Conscience  (1990)

Scandal  (1990)