No More Fab Fifty?

Posted in Music with tags on December 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Fans of Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 were disappointed to learn that there will be no 2018 edition of the annual rundown of listeners favourite 3 tracks of all time (or in latter years their favourite tracks of this millenium). In order to preserve this Christmas tradition we decided to pull out the stops and hereby present the 2013 edition in it’s entirety. If you like spoilers, the rundown can be found on our Fab Fifty index. If you happen to remember the tracklist of any missing years we’d love to hear from you.

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Oliver Brothers Incorporated (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 17, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Drogheda Co. Louth, Oliver Brothers Incorporated were brothers Mark (Marc?) (vocals, acoustic guitar & harmonica) and Jeremy Oliver (lead guitar & vocals), Niall Gately (bass & keyboards) and John May (drums). This track ‘Anything’ recorded from the Dave Fanning show was released as a single on Zircon in 1985. Jeremy Oliver passed away in December 2004.

Anything (1985)

Phil Lynott: 36 Years Of ‘Old Town’ (2018)

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , , , on December 12, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Christmas issue of the RTÉ Guide usually throws up a surprise or two and this year is no exception. On Sunday December 30th at 7.30pm, RTÉ One will broadcast a brand new documentary on the making of Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town’ video.

In 1982 Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman, released his second solo album ‘The Philip Lynott Album’. From this album came the single ‘Old Town’ and the music video depicting Lynott at various locations around Dublin city. From the Ha’penny Bridge to a stroll down Grafton Street and a pint in The Long Hall pub on South Great George’s Street and ending at the Ringsend Pier. The song was co-written by Lynott and Scottish musician Jimmy Bain.

In the days before music videos were commonplace, the video for ‘Old Town’ was produced by Dave Heffernan for RTÉ programme ‘Anything Goes’. The video was directed by Gerry Greg and was first broadcast on ‘Anything Goes’ on 30 October 1982.

‘Anything Goes’ was a young people’s programme on RTÉ Television. The programme was first broadcast on 4 October 1980 and continued for 6 years. The programme was produced and directed by Bob Collins.

RTÉ Archives: Phil Lynott’s Dublin

Directed by Brian Reddin of Dearg Films (you may remember Brian as presenter of ‘The Last Picture Show‘), the 30 minute doc is a behind the scenes look at how the video was made and who was involved. It features Eric Bell, Jim Lockhart, Philomena Lynnot, Brush Shiels, Fiachra Trench, Fachtna O Ceallaigh, Aonghus McAnally, Brush Shiels and Alison O Donnell from Mellow Candle amongst others.

Brian Reddin on RTE Arena

 

David Long solo acoustic show Whelan’s 19th December

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

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Former Into Paradise frontman David Long shows no sign of halting his prodigious musical output but he does make an all too rare return to the live scene tomorrow week for a solo acoustic show in Whelan’s. We have no idea if he will revisit the back catalog of the much loved band but were he to do so it might sound like this.

Let Evening Bring Them Home: The Story of the Jubilee Allstars

Posted in Music, Peel, radio, session with tags , on December 1, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve been taking a trip down memory lane for reasons to be explained at a later date but we rediscovered this hour long documentary featured as part of the excellent Great Irish Bands series over on Dublin Opinion. Hats off to the producers, we would love something similar on any number of bands, The Stars Of Heaven anyone?

Jubilee Allstars were Niall McCormack (vocals & guitar), Barry McCormack (vocals & guitar), Fergus McCormack (vocals & bass) and Lee Casey (drums). They recorded this session for John Peel on Jan 11th 1987.

The Stars Of Heaven (1984 Session – final two tracks)

Posted in Music with tags on November 28, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Stars Of Heaven need no introduction. Stephen Ryan (vocals, guitar), Stan Erraught (guitar), Peter O’Sullivan (bass), and Bernard Walsh (drums) had many fans, John Peel and Dave Fanning at the top of that list. Today, prompted by a conversation with Ken Sweeney, we have the two missing tracks from their 1984 Fanning session. The other tracks were ‘Clothes Of Pride‘ (later released as their first single) and ‘El Dorado‘. Stephen is busy with The Drays and Dinah Brand who have just released a new track ‘Rotunda Boy’. A big shout out once again to Thomas Erbsloh who’s diligent taping preservred these two nuggets.

Little Fingers (1984)
Small Life (1984)

Wilder – Babel Road (1990)

Posted in Music with tags on November 23, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Wilder were Dez Foley (vocals), Richard McDermott (guitar), Stephen Owens (keyboards), Bill Crawford (bass) and Frank McGrath (drums). This single, recorded with Paul Byrne and Martin Clancy of In Tua Nua, was released in 1990 on Oedipus Records. Dez was later in The Sewing Room and Crumb.

Babel Road (1990)