Paul Tiernan first recorded a Fanning session in 1985 with Flex & The Fastweather. This 1990 session was recorded with Maurice Roycroft (piano/accordion), Hailey Murphy (backing vocals), Dave McCune (drums) and (we believe) Peter O’Connell (bass). Paul is now based in France and is about to head out on a tour of Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Paul is a also a member of Interference.
Along with twitter, facebook, soundcloud, mixcloud accounts we also have a YouTube channel. In addition to a few videos rescued from VHS tapes generously sent by readers (there are some ‘No Disco’ tapes outstanding – on the TODO list!) we use playlists to track musical performances we come across from shows close to our hearts e.g. Anything Goes, Visual Eyes, Borderline, Megamix, On The Waterfront and No Disco. If you want to take a trip down memory lane these playlists might be a good starting off point and if you come across clips we missed then drop a line. Whilst on the subject a big thank you to all who have donated and uploaded priceless clips and a major tip of the hat to KillianM2 who continues to do sterling work. Now excuse us – we’re off to add an #MTUSA playlist..
Cork’s No Sangoma were Mark O’Sullivan (vocals), Ronnie Murdoch (guitar), Martin Vallely (bass) and Dave Barry (drums). Martin Vallely was previously in Soon. Mark O’Sullivan and Dave Barry later formed The Caroline Shout. No Sangoma recorded a Fanning session in May 1990 which featured ‘All I Ever Do’, ‘Always’ and ‘War Child’. Thanks to Siobhan for the photo.
Hard to believe it’s been a year since 2fm’s Dan Hegarty published his first book ‘Buried Treasure‘. 12 months on Dan is back with Volume 2 and the standard is just as high. We won’t spoil the surprise but we thought you might like to know which Irish acts feature.
Dan chose albums by Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ, Something Happens!, Stano, Cuckoo, The Edge, Japanese Popstars, Nina Hynes, Kid Silver, Melodica Deathship, The Frank & Walters, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The High Llamas, Dr Strangely Strange, Electric Penguins, The Immediate, Scheer, Interference, The Fat Lady Sings, Hinterland, Funeral Suits, Mark Geary, Cane141, Joe Chester, Jape, Jacknife Lee, Sultans Of Ping, The Thrills, Giveamanakick, Snow Patrol, The Hormones, Sleep Thieves, U2. In addition there are features on Setanta Records and God Is An Astronaut.
Dan’s guest contributors (who themselves make for an interesting list) chose; One Day International, Jinx Lennon, Declan O’Rourke, The Stunning, Perry Blake, The Divine Comedy, Paul Brady, The Plague Monkeys, Goodtime and David Holmes.
The book is out now on Liberties Press and will be in your local bookstore by the end of the month.
Shortly after Ian Dury’s death in 2000 following a long illness, Dave Fanning paid tribute by broadcasting a 31st July 1981 interview with the singer-songwriter. Thank you John for digging out the recording.
While preparing this Roger Doyle interview we spotted an unshared Fanning session track. It features on the double CD retrospective ‘Operating Theatre – The Early Years‘ and in lists Operating Theatre as Roger Doyle (vocals and piano) and Tom Mathews (words). The track was recorded by Paddy Gilsenan for the Dave Fanning Show in September 1981. Another Fanning session track ‘Rampwalk‘ featured on the 2012 Darren McCreesh compilation ‘Strange Passion‘. The date on that track is listed as 1982 so is possibly from a different session.
The interview is well worth checking out but in our opinion could have been considerably longer and included a selection of Roger’s music which to be fair Dave played regularly on his show at least in the 80s while we listened.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.