Music Love Drugs War – Geraldine Quigley

Posted in Books, Music with tags , on January 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but ever since we saw Geraldine Quigley‘s debut novel we been hooked. Geraldine spoke to Sean Rocks for RTÉ Arena last week to shed some light on the book and how it came to be. Set in 1981 it’s a coming of age tale where the young protagonists do their best to ignore the Troubles and do what teenagers do best – listen to music and go to the pub. Those of you with access to Spotify might also enjoy Geraldine’s accompanying playlist .

RTÉ Arena Interview (2018)

Cork and The Arcadia (RTÉ TV Documentary 2017)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Mean Features (c) Ciarán Ó Tuama

On July 20th 2017 RTÉ One broadcast the documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ looking at the role the Cork music venue played in the career of a nascent U2. In typical ‘No Disco’ guerilla fashion however the 24 minute documentary managed to cover a whole lot more. Other acts to feature include Mean Features, Nun Attax, Microdisney, The Specials and UB40. Among the interviewees were driving force behind the Downtown Kampus, UCC Entertainments Officer Elvera Butler (Reekus Records), Giordaí Ua Laoghaire (Nun Attax/Microdisney/Nine Wassies From Bainne), Úna Ní Chanainn (Five Go Down to the Sea?/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Liam Heffernan  (Mean Features) and Ciarán Ó Tuama (Cypress, Mine). For further background check out Colm O’Callaghan’s excellent essay for The Blackpool Sentinel subsequently reposted by RTE as ‘U2’s Arcadian Dream – how one Cork music venue changed music forever‘.

Thee Amazing Colossal Men (Live in Studio)

Posted in Music with tags on January 19, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Thee Amazing Colossal Men were Joey Barry (vocals), Garret Lee (guitar & vocals), John Sullivan / Sid Rainey (bass), Paul O’Brien (drums) and Declan O’Sullivan (keyboards). We suspect these two tracks were recorded when they dropped in to Dave Fanning at 2fm on the release of their album ‘Totale’ but are open to correction.

Harbour Town (1990)

The Would Be’s (1989 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on January 9, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Today’s post was prompted by Abstract Analogue who posted a March 22nd 1990 Hot Press interview by Tony Clayton-Lea with The Would Be’s. From Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, The Would Be’s were Julie McDonnell (vocals), Mattie Finnegan (guitar), Paul Finnegan (guitar), Eamonn Finnegan (bass), Pascal Smith (drums), Aidine O’Reilly (trombone, sax,, violin). Eileen Gogan, most recently to be found performing with Microdisney at the National Concert Hall, also fronted the band for a number of years. Serendipitously the band met at the launch of Tony’s ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die‘ and decided to give it another go. They subsequently released ‘Beautiful Mess‘ in 2013 and performed around the country. The remaining session tracks were ‘All This Rubbish’, ‘Funny Ha Ha’, ‘My Radio Sounds Different In The Dark’.

So This Is Not The End Of The World (1989)

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2018 in review

Posted in Music with tags , on January 7, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

2018 stats

We don’t do new year resolutions but every now and again it is worth taking stock. In 2018 we published 60 posts. The site received 28,704 visitors who viewed 62,650 posts and left 88 comments. We digitised all of Pat’s tapes and then some, approximately 200 in total. We conducted our first interview and were ourselves interviewed for the first time. Although tempted by the possibility we are going to pass on the opportunity to digitize 20,000 RTÉ tapes.

The most popular posts from 2018 were:

1. Fanning’s Fab 50 Index
2. Pat’s Tapes
3. Microdisney (2018 Interviews)
4. Dolores
5. The Cranberries (In Concert 1993)
6. The Fall (1984 Dave Fanning Interview)
7. David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)
8. Fanning’s Fab 50 (1995)
9. Phil Lynott: 36 Years of ‘Old Town’
10. Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Ian Wilson retires from RTÉ

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 6, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Jim Lockhart, Ian Wilson and Dave Fanning

On the occasion of Ian Wilson‘s last official day at RTÉ before retirement he crossed the corridor for a chat with Dave Fanning and Jim Lockhart. Over the next 30 mins they reminisced in usual fashion with Dave reading out some tributes received from among others; The Atrix, The Hitchers, Orange Fettishes, Grevious Angels and My Little Funhouse. There were some great tales of recording the Scary Éire session and Ian locking Dave out of the studio when he turned up late for a Prefab Sprout interview. There is also an answer to the question as to whether U2 recorded the first Fanning session.

Geiro (1989)

Posted in Music with tags , on January 3, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Geiro recorded a Fanning session in 1989 but we do not know if this is one of the tracks. We have no information on the band but we do like this track a lot. If you have any details on the band please get in touch.

Bewithered (1989)