Hothouse Flowers with Maria Doyle (1986 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

hothouse flowers

In 1986 the Hothouse Flowers were Liam Ó Maonlaí (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Fiachna Ó Braonáin (vocals, guitar), Peter O’Toole (bass, bouzouki, mandolin & vocals), Leo Barnes (saxophone), Maria Doyle (vocals) and Jerry Fehily or possibly John Paul Tansey (drums). The band are currently recording in Windmill Lane studios and have a UK tour lined up. Fiachna is presenting the John Creedon Show on RTÉ Radio 1 for 3 weeks nightly at 8pm.

Fatman (1986)

No Disco (1993-2003)

Posted in TV with tags , on September 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

no disco logo

A great piece by Colm O’Callaghan for The Blackpool Sentinel, ‘This is No Disco‘ prompted us to create a playlist of interviews and sessions from the much missed RTE TV show. ‘No Disco‘ was a no budget TV show produced by RTE Cork and presented by, in turn Donal Dineen, Uaneen Fitzsimons and Leagues O’Toole. While VHS is not our forte we have in the past managed to dig out a number of ‘No Disco’ recordings e.g. The Divine Comedy, The Harvest Ministers. Colm’s loose talk of mythical sessions by The Revenants, Edwyn Collins and John Hegarty mean another trip to the dreaded attic awaits.

While on the subject of ‘No Disco’, producer Rory Cobbe was interviewed by Ray Wingnut for the first ‘An Ciaróg Eile’ podcast (skip to 29 min mark)..

Curious Broadcast (2012)

Boa Morte (2003 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on August 26, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

boa morte

Whilst listening to C90s of Jay Ahern‘s RTE 2fm show which we were coaxed into digging out, we came across this long sought after session by Cork’s answer to The Blue Nile, Boa Morte. At this time sessions recorded for the Dave Fanning show were shared, Dave would play a couple of tracks with Dan airing the remainder during his 11pm-2am show. We stumbled across Dan’s show by accident and it immediately became essential listening, the late hour was to prove a blessing in disguise. The weekly routine became: start listening to show, put C90 in the deck to record and then head off to bed, wake up to a newly minted mixtape. Another listener who remembers Jay Ahern’s 2fm stint fondly can be found waxing lyrical on Fractured Air. There’s a lot to be said for a weekly radio show of genuine quality.

From Cork, Boa Morte are Bill Twomey (guitar), Maurice Hallissey (drums), Paul Ruxton (guitar, vocals), Cormac Gahan (guitar, vocals). This track was to appear 7 years later on the second and most recent Boa Morte album ‘The Dial Waltz’ (2010). Their debut ‘Soon It Will Come Time To Face The World Outside’ was released in 2002. Bill and Cormac also featured in The Lemmings.

Quarter To Ten (2003)

The Drays – Dublin & Kilkenny shows

Posted in Music on August 19, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Following a live debut at the George Byrne tribute gig in Whelan’s in June, The Drays have announced their first standalone shows. They play the Leeson Lounge, Dublin tomorrow night (Thursday 20th August) and again a week later on the 27th. There is no cover charge but a hat of some form will be passed around. On Saturday 12th September they make the trip to Kilkenny to play Cleere’s, tickets are €12 from the venue 056 7762573 or Rollercoaster Records 056 7763669. Anyone who has checked out the band’s excellent debut ‘Look Away Down Collins Avenue’ will know these dates are not to be missed.

The Gorehounds – Ruby

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


Received a request for this track so we pulled out all the stops! Apparently The Gorehounds also appeared on RTE’s youth show Borderline performing this track but that’s another matter.. Thank you for the use of the images. The Gorehounds were Brian MacGabhann (vocals), Colm O’Kelly (guitar), Alan Taafe (bass), Brian O’Kelly (drums) and Gerry O’Boyle (drums). Yup not a mistake – two drummers!


Ruby (1987)

Richard III

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


RICHARD III were a thrash metal band from Cavan active in the early 1990’s. They released two demos ‘Drunken Wisdom’ and ‘Feel No Pain’ and recorded one Fanning session. They also made a video which featured on the RTE/2fm Beatbox. The band was Séamus Hughes (vocals), Mickey McDonnell (guitar), Fintan McCaffrey (guitar), Gary Higgins (drums) and Glen Gardiner (bass). Rodney Lancashire (guitar) featured in an earlier lineup. A big thank you to the excellent Irish Metal Archive for the band photo and bio. If you have any further details on the track or the band please leave a comment.

State Of Insanity

The Mountain Climbers (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 11, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Recorded on October 13th 1986, we have today two of the four session tracks recorded by Dublin band The Mountain Climbers. The band were formed by Tom O’Brien (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foley (bass) – yes he of The Blades and The Vipers, Dave Sweeney (guitar), Robbie Kelly (drums) and Padraig McCaul from The Harvest Ministers (saxophone). The missing session tracks are ‘Across The Great Divide’ and ‘The Night Watch Man’.

The Mountain Climbers Love Song (1986)

No Cause To Celebrate (1986)


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