Sir Henry’s the radio show (2014)

Posted in Music with tags on January 10, 2016 by Fanning Sessions
sir henrys photo (jack lyons)

Photo (c) Jack Lyons

Whilst listening to UCC98.3FM to catch the premiere broadcast of Paul McDermott‘s excellent Stump documentary I happened to catch a rerun of another show which I wanted to mention. Back in 2014 some folks at UCC library were inspired to create an exhibition around renowned Cork venue/club Sir Henry’s. This exhibition captured the imagination of the public and generated much activity on facebook, twitter and a wordpress blogJim Morrish who has a weekly show ‘Centrifugal‘ on UCC98.3FM in turn decided to create a radio program looking at some of the artists who played in Sir Henry’s over the years. He invited Paul McDermott, Conor O’Toole and Morty McCarthy (Sultans of Ping) for what turned out to be 5 1/2 hours of radio – music from the bands interspersed with memories of the gigs in the venue. I have  listened to these shows a couple of times and much enjoyed the tunes and the discussion. For more on the shows check out the post on Conor’s website (named after his own show) ‘The Underground of Happiness‘. PS If you’d like to download the shows for offline listening check out offliberty.

1983-1988: Microdisney, Cypress, Mine!, The Pogues & Elvis Costello, The Stunning, Belsonic Sound, The Damned, The Wedding Present, Stump, 5 Go Down To The Sea, That Petrol Emotion, Big Audio Dynamite.

1989-1991: A House, The Sisters of Mercy, The Sultans of Ping, The Golden Horde, Cork Rocks 1991, Dancing Bastards from Hell, Whipping Boy, Echo & the Bunnymen, Toasted Heretic.

1991-1992: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Babes in Toyland, The Shanks, The Would Be’s, Stereolab.

1993-1994: LMNO Pelican, Mercury Rev, My Bloody Valentine, Fatima Mansions, Pavement, Sebadoh.

1994-2000: Ash, Manic Street Preachers, The Mary Janes, Frank Sidebottom, Aidan Walsh & Cow in the Water, The Cork Music Resource Co-op, The Fall and Super Furry Animals/Grandaddy, Ian Brown, Godspeed! You Black Emperor

Phil Lynott – Dave Fanning Tribute (1986)

Posted in Music with tags on January 5, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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Hard to believe Phil Lynott is gone 30 years. Here is a recording of Dave Fanning’s tribute that night featuring some archive interviews with Philip. Thanks to John Foyle for digging out this recording.

Dave Fanning Tribute (1986)

Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump

Posted in Music with tags on January 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Produced by Paul McDermott, Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump is an hour long documentary funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television license fee for UCC 98.3FM. The documentary will be broadcast as follows with a podcast to follow:

  • UCC 98.3FM on Friday 8 January, 2016, 5pm
  • 103.2 Dublin City FM Thursday 21 January, 12 midnight and Wednesday 3 February, 3pm
  • Wired FM 99.9 FM, Limerick, Thursday 21 January, 6pm

Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump is a documentary about Stump, the Anglo-Irish experimental, rock band from the 1980s. The documentary has been in production for the past year and sadly in November 2015 Mick Lynch, the enigmatic front man and lyricist with the band fell ill and passed away on 17 December, 2015.

The documentary is compiled from over 15 hours of interviews with the four members of Stump and key figures from their story.  Contributors include: Mick Lynch, Rob McKahey, Kev Hopper, Chris Salmon, Jack Lyons, Elvera Butler , Liam McKahey, Simon Reynolds, Nigel Grainge, Hugh Jones, John Robb and Roy Weard.

Paul McDermott teaches Media Studies and Journalism at Rathmines College and is the Director of Programming at Dublin City FM. He previously produced Get That Monster Off the Stage, the award winning radio documentary about Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven.


The Knocking Shop (1993)

Posted in Music with tags on December 26, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

knocking shop 2

Formed in 1993 The Knocking Shop were Séamus Duggan (vocals), Dave Connolly (guitar), Derek Barter (bass guitar), John Healy (drums) with special guest Paddy Brady (guitar). Brady and Barter were previously members of The Subterraneans. This track recently featured on a Record Collector compilation of lost indie tracks and the band has reformed for a number of shows, 29th December in The Grand Social as part of the ‘Stars Are Underground‘ night and in London on 26th January 2016.

Half Orphan (1993)


Holiday TV & Radio Highlights (2015)

Posted in Music on December 26, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

No Fanning Fab 50 this year despite the RTE Guide.. here are some other viewing/listening ideas for Irish TV and radio to see you into 2016..

tony fenton tv3


Hothouse Flowers at 30
A special edition of Imeall looks at 30 years of the Hothouse Flowers
December 17th, 8pm, TG4

U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris
Christmas Day, RTÉ Two, 11.10pm

All The Young Dudes, Tony Fenton tribute concert film featuring Something Happens, Aslan, The Stunning, Bellx1
St Stephen’s Day, TV3, 12pm

Fab! The Night The Beatles Came to Dublin
Sunday, December 27th, RTÉ One,8pm

Luke Kelly: Prince of the City
contributions and music from John Sheahan, Imelda May, Glen Hansard, Declan O’Rourke and Damien Dempsey
Tuesday, December 29th, RTÉ One, 9.30pm

The Rubberbandits Guide To 1916
New Year’s Eve, RTÉ 2, 11pm



Paul McLoone looks at the best sessions and interviews of 2015
Wednesday, December 23rd, TodayFM, 9pm – midnight

John Kelly with Lisa O’Neill & Donal Ryan
Christmas Eve, December 24th, RTE Radio 1, 8pm

Cathal Murray’s Christmas
Cillian Murphy reading poetry, Des Bishop providing comedy and music from The Lost Brothers, The Buckley Sisters, The Gloaming’s Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Christmas Day, December 25th, RTE Radio 1, 6am – 8am

BP Fallon: A Sonic Life Adventure
Sunday, December 27th, RTE Radio 1, 7.30pm

The Frames at 25
Relive the magic of The Frames 25th Anniversary gigs recorded in Iveagh Gardens and The Marquee in Cork in July.
Sunday, December 27th, TodayFM, 10pm

All The Young Dudes – Songs in memory of Tony Fenton
A night in honour of Tony Fenton – Aslan, Something Happens, Ham Sandwich. Delorentos, The Stunning , Wallis Bird and many more  pay musical tribute to The Dude, recorded live at Vicar Street, May 2015
Monday 28th, TodayFM, 8pm

Dave Couse
A House frontman Dave Couse back where he belongs – on the national airwaves for 3 nights only.
Monday 28th- Wednesday 30th, TodayFM, 10pm-midnight

When Dave Met Bob
Dave Fanning meets Bob Geldof to talk about the early days of the Boomtown Rats. Bob spoke for a generation when he appeared on the Late Late Show and railed against the hypocrisy and lies of the establishment. He remembers The Rats, trying the break America, being refused to play in Ireland and why the band still love playing live.
Tuesday, December 29th, RTE Radio 1, 2pm

Final Partings 2015
Jim Lockhart and guests Cait O’Riordan, John Keogh and Larissa Nolan discuss those musicians we have lost this year, including, among many others, BB King and Cilla Black
New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st, RTE Radio 1, 2-3pm

The Jackson Tapes: Bono
In the third visit to Joe Jackson’s interviews, ones he recorded while working for the print media, and never heard on radio before, we hear from Bono. The first interview with from 1993 and an exclusive preview from Zooropa, which included Johnny Cash, the second interview is from 1994 was about Elvis and the third, from 2000, was to coincide with the Beckett Festival.
Wednesday, December 30th, RTE Radio 1, 10pm

Brian Eno Innovations – In Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson
New Year’sEve, Thursday, December 31st, RTE Radio 1, 7pm

Bp Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle
New Year’sEve, Thursday, December 31st, TodayFM, 9pm – 1am

An evening with John Prine
John Prine in Ireland earlier this year to record a special interview at the US Ambassador’s residence and to be interviewed by RTE Radio 1’s John Creedon and to sing some of his most enduring songs in front of a live audience.
New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st, RTE Radio 1, 2pm

Music Programmes this Christmas on Radio 1
Christmas on TodayFM

Mick Lynch R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 17, 2015 by Fanning Sessions



John Creedon (RTE Radio 1)

Paul McDermott (96FM Green Room with Michael Carr)

Mark McAvoy (Brendan O’Connor show RTE Radio 1)


An accomplished, beguiling and compelling performer, Mick Lynch can rest easily tonight. And forever.

Colm O’Callaghan tribute (No Disco, Setanta)

For the last year I’ve been interviewing the members of Stump and key figures in their story for a radio documentary, scheduled to be broadcast in early January. Mick’s untimely passing has shocked everyone who knew him.

Paul Mc Dermott (Sunday Independent)

June 1987: Husker Dü, Sonic Youth and Stump perform at L’Élysée Montmartre in Paris. Stump have just signed to Phonogram subsidiary Ensign, a record label with an unusual speciality in securing hits for Irish, or Irish-related bands. The Boomtown Rats, The Waterboys and – imminently – Sinead O’Connor all found a home and success at the label, under the tutelage of Nigel Grainger. Stump have also recently appeared on the front cover of Melody Maker, frontman Mick Lynch topless with his Tintin-quiff and the not-exactly-subtle headline ‘Trout Mask Replicants’. The band were darlings of the recently-defunct Tube television series, Peel Session regulars and about to record their major label debut with Mute sampling doyen Holger Hiller at the helm in Hansa Studios with Stephen Street engineering. By all accounts (well, primarily Stump’s staggeringly verbose drummer Rob McKahey), the band “were a fucking powerhouse that night and blew [Sonic Youth and Husker Dü] off the stage”.

Getting Off The Bus: Stump Interviewed (2014)


Neuro (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on December 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


From Waterford, Neuro were Aeon aka Shay Morris (vocals), Paul Butler (guitar), Ciaran Barry (bass) and Pat Grant (drums). Photo by band manager Eoin Ronayne and courtesy Their debut single ‘Nairobi’ released in 1982 on WEA was recorded at Windmill Lane and produced by Barry Devlin. Paul Butler is currently active with Propeller Palms.

Lost In The Crowd

New Age




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