The Experiment (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 16, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

From Dublin, The Experiment were Ken Duffy (vocals), Liam Farrington (guitar), Josh Elliot (organ), Mark Young (bass) and Gary Sullivan (drums). They recorded a Fanning Session on November 11th 1986 featuring three tracks – ‘Second Sight’, ‘Love’s Left Behind’ and ‘The Burning’.

Second Sight (1986)

Tony Fenton (1961 – 2015)

Posted in Music with tags on March 12, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

the dude 1961 2015

tony fenton

Henry McCullough on the BP Fallon Orchestra

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 1, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

henrys heroes

20 years after they performed together in Sweeney’s Men, Johnny Moynihan (vocals, bouzouki, fiddle, tin whistle) , Terry Woods (vocals, banjo, guitar) and Henry McCullough (guitar) recovened in the RTE Studios for a very special edition of the BP Fallon Orchestra. Henry McCullough started out as a member of The People and Eire Apparent before joining Sweeney’s Men. He later joined Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and Wings with Paul & Linda McCartney followed by a long list of appearances. Henry suffered a serious heart attack in 2012 from which he never fully recovered. There will be a benefit gig in The Half Moon in Putney, London on St Patrick’s Day to raise funds for Henry’s care.


Sweeney’s Men on the BPFO (198?)

The Visitors – Dizzie EP (1991)

Posted in demo, Music with tags , , , on February 24, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


The Visitors were James Guinevan (vocals, guitar), Niall Meagher (vocals, guitar), Mack (drums & synth), Martin Arthur (harp, vocals, percussion) and Bruce Ryder (bass). The EP was self produced and engineered by Hugh Drumm at Bow Lane Studios, Dublin in 1991. The Visitors later became Bunny Hoover.

X (1991)

Favourite Jigsaw (1991)

End Of A Beatiful Thing (1991)

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute (2000)

Posted in Fanning, radio with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


When we first heard about this particular tape we thought it was a recording of an Uaneen show but it turned out to be 45 minutes of a Dave Fanning tribute to Uaneen broadcast a month after her tragic death. It makes for sad listening but is also very touching and so we have decided to share. We hope her friends and family do not mind us sharing, please let us know if this is not the case. If anyone has a nice recording of an Uaneen show we’d love to share that also. Uaneen of course needs no introduction, she was the face of ‘No Disco’ post Donal Dineen and host to her own RTE 2FM show in the slot after Dave Fanning.

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute on Dave Fanning Show (2000)

The Glee Club

Posted in Music with tags on February 12, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

glee club

The very first band to feature on this site were The Swinging Swine. Two members of that band, Hugh O’Carroll and Joanne Loughman went on to form The Glee Club with Kevin Boyle (guitar). They recorded one Fanning session which is our new holy grail. After a long period of silence Hugh and Joanne are performing at The Patriot in Kilmainham on Friday 13th February 2015 opening for Leo O’Kelly (Tir na nOg). The Glee Club released a mini LP on Setanta followed by an album ‘Mine‘ for 4AD/Setanta which featured new tracks in addition to some re-recordings of others. Hugh and Joanne have just released a single ‘Platitudes‘ which they performed just this week on the RTE Radio 1 John Murray show.

Cactus World News – Dave Fanning Interview Etc (1986)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on February 9, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

cactus world news - shane mccarthy photography

Cactus World News were Eoin McEvoy (vocals), Frank Kearns (guitar), Fergal MacAndris (bass) and Wayne Sheehy (drums). Frank and Eoin have just announced a pledge music campaign to release a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks from the band. By way of a teaser we’ve dug out two items from our own archives. The ‘Dave Fanning Interview’ track featured on the ‘Years Later’ special edition EP (1986) while Skin & Dust’ was one of 4 tracks on a Melody Maker Vinyl Conflict EP from the same year. Help ensure ‘Found’ is released by pledging your support here.

Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Skin & Dust (1986)


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