Man Ray (Helden Flexi)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 14, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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This track featured on a flexi given away with Helden fanzine in the late 80s. I believe that Man Ray like other acts featured in the short lived series were from Northern Ireland, in this instance they share the billing with Bam Bam & The Calling. The flexi is a little the worse for wear so the quality of the recording leaves something to be desired, but for now it is all we have. If anyone has more detail on the band lineup and their achievements please get in touch. Thanks to Thomas Erbsloh for the flexi. Paul PJ McCartney informs us that Robert McGlone, Brendan Morrison and Mary Mulrine all featured in the band. Robert is currently active with Jam Pact.

Man Ray ‘Apology’

Twix Rocks – Into ’91 With Fanning’s Choice

Posted in Music on September 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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This is a nice promotional cassette produced in conjunction with Twix, featuring 10 of Dave Fanning’s favourite Irish tracks of 1990. Each one is introduced by Dave, with De Confidence receiving a particularly nice mention. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for sharing.

An Emotional Fish – Move On
The Dixons – Here Comes The Love Machine
The Stunning – Brewing Up A Storm
No Sweat – Waters Flow
The Honey Thieves – Drive
Into Paradise – Bring Me Closer
The Prayer Boat – Stopping the World
De Confidence – Dropout
Toasted Heretic – They Didn’t Teach Music in My School
A House – Bugaboo

Grasshopper (1995)

Posted in Music with tags on September 23, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Grasshopper were a 4 piece featuring Brian Adams (guitar), Acko Atkinson (vocals, guitar), Dan Simperingham (bass) and Peter Murphy (drums). They released 3 singles, ‘Disapeer’, ‘Stupid!’ and ‘Harrington Street’ and a video for a fourth track ‘Sound As A Pound‘ can be found on YouTube. They recorded a Fanning session but we have no details. Peter Murphy’s latest project Cursed Murphy versus The Resistance have an upcoming show at Wexford Arts Festival on October 10th. As usual all corrections most welcome.

Stupid! (1995)

The Atrix – retrospective album launch (2019)

Posted in interview, radio with tags , , , on September 17, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Irish Times byline sums it up perfectly: “Cult new wave national treasures The Atrix return with a gig, a CD and new material”. Dan Hegarty interviewed Hugh Friel (drums) and Dick Conroy (bass) on his show last Sunday and the two will appear on the Tom Dunne show tonight at 10pm. The remastered compilation album ‘Dublin 1979-1981’ will be launched on CD and vinyl this Thursday September 19th in the Sugar Club with special guests Kevin McAleer and Paula Meehan.

Dan Hegarty interview (2019)

Tom Dunne interview (2019)

Bohinta (1993 Session)

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

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Bohinta were for this 1993 Dave Fanning session – Martin Furey (vocals, guitar, whistles, pipes), Aine Furey (vocals, bodhran), Greig Stewart (drums), Dave McCleod (bass), Roy Marchbank (guitars, mandolin), Nell (fiddle) and Tally (bodhran). The session was produced by Ian Wilson. There are 3 albums listed on discogs: a compilation ‘Bohinta’ (1996) featuring a further session track ‘Heaven’, ‘Wishes’ (1996) and ‘Belladonna’ (2002). Thanks to Eoin Fegan for resurrecting these tracks from cassette.

Broken Shell (1993)

Cirrus (1993)

Say You (1993)

Kristin Hersh (1994 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on September 4, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Kristin Hersh first came to prominence as a member of Throwing Muses. In 1994 she released a solo album ‘Hips and Makers’ and on April 2nd she performed an in-store at Tower Records. There are no Irish dates listed on the official site but presumably on the occasion of this visit she also recorded this session for Dave Fanning. Thanks Eoin Fegan for the recording. Check out a 2016 interview with Tom Dunne here.

Scheer (1993 Session)

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

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From Maghera and Magherafelt in County Derry, Scheer were Audrey Gallagher (vocals), Neal Calderwood (lead guitar), Paddy Leyden (rhythm guitar), PJ Doherty and later Peter Fleming (bass) and Joe Bates (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1993. The band released two albums, Infliction (1996) on 4AD and ‘… And Finally’ (2000) on Schism Records. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for digging out the recording.

Nemesis (1993)
Shine (1993)
Wish You Were Dead (1993)