Alice Springs (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 5, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

alice springs

From Dublin, Alice Springs were Eamonn McGowran (vocals), Paul Rogers, (guitar), Kieran Butler (bass) and Justin Healy (drums). Justin would later feature in The Forget Me Nots, The Golden Horde, Interference, LiR, The 4 Of Us, Glee Club and The Late Late Show House band! They released a number of demos from which we have further tracks that featured on the Dave Fanning show but today we feature 3 tracks from the 1988 Fanning session.

Lady of the Long Lawns


Swings and Roundabouts

Bruce Wayne Experience (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on May 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Today’s post was inspired by the Cloudberry Records blog, a site dedicated to digging out indiepop new and old, unearthing quite a few gems from bands close to our hearts. Roque specialises in forensic research on occasion following up with interviews, e.g. Sean A McDermott of Mickey Rourke’s Fridge. Many of the Irish bands featured have appeared here but others like the Bruce Wayne Experience prompted a visit to the attic.

The Bruce Wayne Experience were a 5 piece active from 1988 – 1991. The lineup was David O’Connor (vocals), Steve O’Connor (guitar), Steve Connaughton (bass), David Houlihan (keyboards) and Woppy (drums).

I Only Wish

Better Left Unsaid

If Only

Irish bands featured on the Cloudberry Records blog – please let us know if we’ve missed any.

Bruce Wayne Experience
Cherry Brogues
Cliff Edge Panic
Cuba Dares
Cypress Mine!
Donnelly Brothers
Empty Shell
Feargal is the Applejack
Red Circus
Rex and Dino
Scale the Heights
Shocking Stockings
Wrong Door Raid

Green Sleeves – The Irish Printed Record Cover 1955-2017

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 14, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

green sleeves

The National Print Museum at the Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin 4 is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Green Sleeves‘ which looks at the Irish record cover from 1955 to the present day. Curated by Dr Ciarán Swan and Niall McCormack (Jubilee Allstars and the exhibition runs until 1 October 2017 and admission is free. The two curators were interviewed by Dave Fanning on Sunday May 14th and the good news is that a catalog including essays and artwork is in the pipeline. Thank you John Foyle for the photo.

Special curator tours of the exhibition will take place on the following dates:

Saturday 13 May, 14.30
Saturday 27 May, 14.30
Saturday 10 June, 14.30
Saturday 24 June, 14.30

Places for the guided tours are limited so booking at is essential.

Dr Ciarán Swan and Niall McCormack (2017)

Live at the Underground (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


We have been searching high and low for a digital copy of this 1985 compilation recorded at the famed Dublin institution ‘The Underground’. 32 years after the album was released Ken has come to the rescue – thank you!

As a new band, securing a headline gig in Dublin was nigh on impossible during that period – the Underground put on bands that no other venue would touch. Bands with no profile, no obvious crowd pulling appeal. That policy ensured that some of the finest Irish acts of that era took their early tentative steps on the cramped Underground stage – bands like Something Happens, The Stars of Heaven, A House, Engine Alley, the Slowest Clock, The Power of Dreams, The Fountainhead,  Into Paradise, Guernica, the Gorehounds, Therapy?, The Fat Lady Sings, the Would Bes – the list is endless.

Paul Page (Whipping Boy) for

Full details on the compilation can be found at Colm O’Callaghan (Blackpool Sentinel) remembers here.
Hughie Purcell ‘Push & Shove’

A House ‘On Your Bike Wench’

Fallen Angels ‘Small Beer’

Gorehounds ‘The Way I Walk’

Something Happens!  ‘Real Time’

The Stars of Heaven ‘Hey Little Girl’

90s Derry Special – Electric Mainline

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Some of our favourite bands come from Derry so when we heard that Radio Foyle’s Stephen McCauley was doing an ‘Electric Mainline’ special looking at some of the best alternative acts to come out of that neck of the woods in the 1990s we scrambled for a blank cassette to capture the occasion. As you might imagine the music is interspersed with some insightful details by Stephen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did. The show featured tracks  from That Petrol Emotion, The Carrellines, The Turtle Assassins, Cuckoo, Schtum (pictured), LUKiC, Gradapenda Rosindale, Clearshot, The Screaming Bin Lids, The New Capris, DJ-VU, Rare and The Deadly Engines.  As usual if you have any sessions/interviews (Fanning or other) by any of these bands please get in touch. And if any other DJs feel like doing something similar for your city of choice we’d love to hear about it!

U2 (1980 Fanning Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on April 30, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

We’ve been asked a number of times over the years about the first Fanning session and we are happy, thanks to an excellent interview with Dave Fanning Show producer Ian Wilson by Jim Carroll in yesterday’s Irish Times, to finally put the issue to bed. Thanks to some fact checking by u2wanderer the year has now been confirmed as 1980.

Ian Wilson on the U2 session

It is apparent that the only chance we have of ever hearing this recording is if U2 were to release it. There still remains the outside possibility that some listener recorded that show and still has a copy..

ian wilson fanning sessionu2 session tracklistingIan Wilson holding the U2 session tape in the RTE archive and a closeup of the tracklisting. Thanks to Dan Hegarty for the photos. These were taken during the production of the recent ‘Cork Rock‘ documentary part 2 of which will go out on the June bank holiday. More detailed analysis of the recordings can be found on

May Bank Holiday Radio Specials (2017)

Posted in Music on April 29, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Apologies for the relative inactivity of late, I think we are going through a blogging mid life crisis. Hope y’all enjoyed the Cork Rock documentary, we certainly did. This weekend is a bank holiday so there a number of music specials (thank you Ian Wilson for correcting our terminology) due for broadcast across the radio stations. Speaking of Ian Wilson, be sure to check out today’s Irish Times for a great interview prior to his upcoming departure from RTE.


Sunday 9pm TodayFM – David Gray on ‘Songs in the Key of Life‘. ‘White Ladder’ is the biggest selling album in Ireland ever and it will soon be 20 years old. David joins Nadine O’Regan for a chat and to choose some of his favourite music.

vincent hanley tippfm


Monday 1.10pm Clare FMVincent Hanley COMIN’ ATCHA – tribute to the MT-USA host from Padraic Flaherty and Tipp FM featuring contributions from Niall Stokes, Marty Whelan, Mark Cagney, Bill Hughes, Conor MacAnally and Vincent’s brother Fergus.


Monday 2pm RTE Radio 1 – ‘Somebody to Watch Over Me’ – Will Leahy looks at music managers and the people behind the careers of Nathan Carter, Joe Dolan, Oasis, Hozier, The Saw Doctors and David Gray.

1977 cathal funge

Monday 8pm TodayFM – ‘1977 the year Irish music was reborn’ with Cathal Funge producer of the award winning ‘Left Of The Dial‘ for TXFM. Looking at new beginnings in the Irish music scene in 1977 the year that saw The Boomtown Rats and The Radiators release their debut singles, Rory Gallagher play the Macroom Mountain Dew festival, Thin Lizzy at Dalymount,  The Clash at Trinity and the launch of Hot Press magazine.