Engine Alley to release lost third album ‘Showroom’

Posted in Music with tags on August 1, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Engine Alley - Showroom

Engine Alley have just announced the imminent release of a lost third album and an accompanying tour. Titled ‘Showroom’ the album consists of tracks written between first album ‘A Sonic Holiday’ (1992) and second album ‘Shot In the Light’ (1995) and was recorded in Sun Studios, Dublin. It includes the upcoming single ‘No Guitar’ and old favourites ‘Car on Fire’ and ‘Pictureshow’. The songs have languished in the vaults for over 20 years and are finally seeing the light of day thanks to Rollercoaster Records. Engine Alley called it a day in 1996 but since then have reconvened regularly to play live shows. The band are Canice Kenealy (vocals & guitar), Brian Kenealy (guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocals), Eamonn Byrne (bass) and Paul O’Byrne (drums).

Engine Alley play Sep 14th in the Workman’s Club, Dublin and Sep 15th in Cleere’s Kilkenny.

Although not on the album the following Engine Alley rarity was recorded in 1996 for a proposed Stars Of Heaven tribute album ‘South Of Heaven‘ which unfortunately never saw the light of day.

Three Kings Day (1994)

 

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For one night only! The legendary Radiators From Space (13th Sept 1987)

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

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Stumbling over this post by Tomboktu on the Cedar Lounge site prompted us to dig out ‘Dollar For Your Dreams‘ a cassette release of the 1987 reunion of The Radiators on Comet Records. Apparently this show was the first public performance of ‘Under Clery’s Clock’. Thanks to Rob Fortune for the cassette recording, to Joe Mooney for the poster and to Irish Rock for the tape inlay. Check out Bill Graham’s Hot Press review here. Pete Holidai produced many Fanning sessions and is currently working through the Philip Chevron archive with a view to restoring for release (get in touch with Pete  for more details). The Trouble Pilgrims play the Stoneybatter festival at The Glimmerman this Sunday at 7pm (free).

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Dollar For Your Dreams (Side One)

Mahogany Men

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

mahogany men

A recent query on twitter sent us off on a hunt through the tapes for a band from Cork called Mahogany Men. We found one additional track on a Fanning tape and thought you might like to hear. The band were Myles Horgan (lead vocals/guitar), Cormac Curtis (guitar), Danny McElhinney (bass) and David Tinsley (drums). If anyone has a better photo or further details on the recording we’d love to hear from you.

The Drug Of The Gods

David Long – The Cult Of Two (2018)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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David Long the former frontman of much loved outfit Into Paradise has just released his third solo album ‘The Cult Of Two. Inspired by Roque of Cloudberry Records we decided to pose David a few questions and he was kind enough to respond. ‘The Cult Of Two’ is out now on iTunes and Spotify.

Where/when was the album recorded?

The album was recorded in North Kerry over a 3 month period from February to April of this year. It started with a postcard of a painting called Klein Blue by the French artist Yves Klein that was on my fridge. I started writing small piano pieces to go with the painting.

Is there anyone else on the album?

Shane O’Neill is on “The road ahead”. It was originally called “Between the earth and the sky”. I got that title from a book I was reading about North Korea, But decided to use the title “the road ahead” in the end. I had the shell of the song and sent it to Shane and 3 days later he sent his version back to me and I just loved it.

Who did the artwork?

My wife Aisling did the artwork for this album. It’s a photograph she took in Limerick. I just thought it fitted perfectly for the album title and music.

Any CD or vinyl release planned?

I hate CD’s. Nothing to do with the sound quality. Just the way they look. I love vinyl. But I’m not a vinyl snob. I listen to my vinyl on a €40 portable player in the kitchen and I love it. At some stage I will release my 3 solo albums on vinyl. And when I do I will just make 100 copies of each.

What are you working on next / any longer term plans?

I write most days, It’s what I do. So I don’t plan anything. After a while things just fall into place and you realise you have an album finished.

Do you have a project with Shane O’Neill (Blue in Heaven)?

Not really. Myself and Shane go back a long way. We were in a band called “Amuse” in the early eighties. A while back he sent me a piece of music and I put vocals on it and it became “Albert the painter”. I love that track. I was reading Herman Hesse’s short stories and one of the stories was called “The Painter” and that’s where I got the idea for the Albert song.

He’s painting his visions on cardboard left in empty houses… That’s me, Ha!

Any plans to tour? 🙂

No plans to tour. Maybe someday. When I’m sixty nine I’ll get helped up on the stage in my local pub in Kerry and make some noise.

Any hope of an Into Paradise reunion? 🙂

It’s something I never think about. But who knows?

Shane O’Neill & David Long ‘Albert The Painter’

The Candyshop (1994 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 23, 2018 by Fanning Sessions
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L-R Stephen Robinson, Dave Dorgan, Sean Ryan, Mark Byrne

The Candyshop were Stephen Robinson (vocals), Dave Dorgan (guitar), Mark Byrne (bass) and Sean Ryan (drums). This tape comes from the recently acquired Pat O’Mahony archive which we are churning through despite much visible progress. Thanks to Mark Byrne for digging out the band photos. Mark and Sean featured on The Harvest Ministers session with Mark later joining the band full time. Dave later formed Candy Apple Red while Sean was to be found in The Swinging Swine and Honey Thieves.

Change Your Mind (1994)

Pictures Of James (1994)

Falling For You (1994)

This Ain’t No Party: The Story of No Disco

Posted in documentary, Music, radio with tags on May 22, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Produced by Ciaran Ryan, ‘This Ain’t No Party’ is an excellent new radio documentary for RTE 2XM telling the story of ‘No Disco‘ featuring the voices of many involved in the production and presentation of the show. Among the contributors are presenters Donal Dineen and Leagues O’Toole, founding producer/editor Colm O’Callaghan, his successor Rory Cobbe and musicians David Gray, Carol Keogh and Dudley Colley.

Imelda’s Boyfriend (Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on May 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Maurice from Imelda’s Boyfriend was recently in touch and kindly provided details of the band, photos and an additional track. The first demo we featured was recorded by the original lineup of the band. Today’s track was recorded some time later following John’s departure and the lineup was Maurice Kelly (vocals / guitar), Terry Rainey (guitar), Paul Flanagan (bass) and Sean O’Connor (drums / backing vocals). At some stage Paul left to be replaced by Morgan Hughes (bass). Dave Fanning featured ‘Down The Stairs’ a number of times on his radio show which may or may not have led to the Hot Press gig advertised above.  The 2 other bands on the night were Electric Banana, a French / Irish act and Manor Park Project from Sligo. Maurice, Terry and Sean were later in Northlight Razorblade. Maurice was recently interviewed by Roque over at Cloudberry Records where he shares fond memories of The Underground and the scene at that time.

Down The Stairs (Demo)