Breaking Out – Fergus O’Farrell (Interference) documentary

Posted in Music on February 6, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Michael McCormack (Dave Fanning Interview, 2017)

On Sunday following a sold out all star tribute show in Cork and ahead of a similar show in Dublin, Dave Fanning was joined by filmmaker Michael McCormack. Michael has spent the last 10 years working on a documentary about the Interference frontman Fergus O’Farrell. The project is now in it’s final stages and if you’d like to help please visit the ‘Breaking Outindiegogo page. The band’s second album ‘The Sweet Spot’ has also just been launched, an album that itself was 7 years in the making.

Wheels On Fire (1987 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on January 27, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Wheels On Fire - Demo 1987.jpgFrom Lahinch, Wheels On Fire were Jennie McGrath (vocals), Anne Parker (vocals), Paul O’Brien (guitar), Anthony Edwards (guitar), Maureen Comber (bass) and Teresa O’Brien (drums). Dave Fanning played this demo track in 1990. Thank you Anthony and Kenny for providing the missing details. Any chance of a band photo? 🙂

Beach Walking (1987)

The Citadels (2003 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on January 19, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, The Citadels recorded a 2003 Studio 8 session for the 2fm Dave Fanning and Jay Ahern shows. The band were Cormac O’Caoimh (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fergal O Leary (bass), Arthur O’Leary (keyboards), Barry Desmond (drums), Aoife Regan (vocals) and Eoghan Regan (electric guitar). Cormac O Caoimh will release his fourth solo album ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ in April 2017 at which time we hope to catch one of the live shows.

Visions in Bloom (2003)

If You’re Who I Think You Are (2003)

A New Religion (2003)

Check It Out (RTE Guide, 31 March 1989)

Posted in Fanning, Music, TV with tags , on January 17, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

A Dave Fanning piece in the March 31 1989 edition of the RTE Guide promoting a new TV show ‘Check It Out’ which will feature 2 tracks each from 14 up and coming acts. Dave details the bands in alphabetical order but runs out of space after 7. The profiled 7 are Belsonic Sound, Blue in Heaven, The Big Noise, The Carrellines, The DixonsThe Dixons, The Fireflys, The Golden Horde. The remaining 7 were Interference, Missing Link, Paul Cleary & The Partisans, Stars of Heaven, The Stunning, The Swinging Swine and Swim. Thanks to Dave for digging out and scanning this article.If you like retro scans be sure to check out Brand New Retro.

Thomas McLaughlin – Aughnacloy

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

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Former frontman of Light A Big Fire, Thomas McLaughlin self released a solo album in 1992 called ‘Sky Guitar‘ (artwork on the way). This track featured although we don’t know if that is the source of this track which featured on the Dave Fanning Show. Thanks to Paul for tipping us off to this particular track.

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In Concert – Favourite Gigs of Ireland’s Music Community

Posted in Books, Music with tags , , , on January 8, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Niall McGuirk of the Hope Foundation needs no introduction. He and Micheal Murphy decided to do something to support Syrian refugees and the result is an excellent new book titled ‘In Concert – Favourite Gigs of Ireland’s Music Community‘. As they say in the introduction they put the word out to friends and family asking – What was your favourite gig? The book features 105 of the replies they received arranged chronologically making for a must read book for the Irish music fan. It features contributions from members of bands many of whom have featured on this site – Those Handsome Devils, The Babysnakes, The Gorehounds, Engine Alley, That Petrol Emotion, The Undertones, Rocky DeValera, Paranoid Visions, Mexican Pets, Jam Jar Jail, In Tua Nua, The Devlins, Stiff Little Fingers, Bellx1, Thin Lizzy, The Frames, Lir, DC Nien, Tokyo Olympics, The Golden Horde, Whipping Boy, Pleasure Cell, Sultans of Ping, Luggage, The Pogues, Radiators from Space, Stano, Into Paradise, The Fountainhead, Aidan Walsh & Cactus World News. Also featured are a bunch of folk we know from the internet like Tony Clayton-Lea, Dave O’Grady, Colm O’Callaghan, Jim Carroll, Justin McDaid, Pete Murphy, Eoin Devereux, Paul McDermott and Garry O’Neill. Anyway you get the picture, the book is a great read, will have you kicking yourself you missed some of these shows, making your own list of fave gigs and maybe even get you up off the couch to go see some of these acts before they call it a day. The book is for a very good cause – all proceeds go to the Irish Red Cross and can be purchased for €15 including post+packaging here. Update: The official launch is in Liberty Hall at 7pm on January 24th.

The Studio 8 Sessions (2fm 29th Dec 2016)

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 29, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Legend has it that the first Fanning session was by a band from Dublin called U2 in 1980. Whilst that event would have predated our tenure we can vouch for the importance in subsequent years of the Dave Fanning show to Irish rock music both in terms of the sessions recorded but also the demos played. Thanks to the efforts of Dave and long-time producer Ian Wilson the show was to become a veritable institution (not forgetting the efforts of Jim Lockhart, Pete Holidai and Paddy Breen who toiled in front of the console).

Originally broadcast Thursday December 29th on RTÉ 2fm and produced by Yvonne Judge, this special radio documentary looks back at the sessions recorded in Studio 8 over the last 36 years. It features contributions from Dave Fanning, Ian Wilson, Billy McGuinness and Christy Dignam (Aslan), Paul Cleary (The Blades), Gavin Friday (The Virgin Prunes), Martin Cowan (The Outcasts), Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney) and Noel Hogan (The Cranberries).

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