A House (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on March 16, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


a house

A House are Dave Couse (vocals & guitar), Fergal Bunbury (guitar), Martin Healy (bass) and Dermot Wylie (drums). They recorded this RTE session for the Dave Fanning show on 11th January 1988. Dave Couse fans can hear him this St Patrick’s Day at 10pm on TodayFM where he will play an quality selection of Irish tunes. Dave will also be in for Paul McLoone on Wednesday March 23th, Thursday 24th and Easter Monday the 28th.

Stone The Crows / Violent Love / Hay When The Sun Shines (1988)

Wilderness Years (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on March 15, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Wilderness Years were Ray Williams (vocals & guitar), Phil Nea (guitar), Derek Lee (bass) and Darragh Broe (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 17/09/1985 featuring 1.Don’t change your mind 2. Never knew how much I cared 3.Original Sin 4. Growing up with Winston. This track however is a demo which Dave Fanning played circa 1988. It was produced by a 17 year old Garret Lee aka Jacknife Lee in the Divine Word Missionary studio in Maynooth.  Derek Lee was previously in Sack  and later he and Darragh were members of Guernica.

Vacation Days (1985)

New Obsession

Posted in Music with tags on March 12, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

The normally reliable irishrock.org lists New Obsession as hailing from Dundrum. We’re hoping readers can fill in a little more detail..

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Take Control

Swinging Swine (Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on March 2, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Critically acclaimed Cian Nugent mentioned recently on twitter that he was a fan of “80s country punk outfit” Swinging Swine so when I subsequently came across this track on a tape I couldn’t resist. This particular copy of the track came from Eamonn Dowd himself on a CD of early tracks he kindly sent us years ago. Eamonn is still going strong and has two bands on the go – one in Ireland and a second in Sweden where he now lives. He has just released an EP with latter outfit The Lost Souls available here. The amazing vocals are of course by Joanne Loughman who barring an appearance on the David Long solo LP is keeping a low profile.

Poisoned By Love (Demo)

Beatless – Groovy Summer (1991)

Posted in Music with tags on February 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


It’s a funny old world. A few weeks back we posted a session by Beatless and almost immediately, heard from a friend of Dave Ross pointing out that we had omitted Dave from the band lineup. It turns out Dave had just died following a terminal illness and despite our omission, the posting of the Beatless session had provided a much needed lift in Dave’s last days. By way of correcting that wrong and as a tribute to Dave we would now like to post a recording that he most definitely did feature on and extend our sympathies to his family and friends.

Groovy Summer (1991)

The Party’s Over  (1991)

Where Did You Get Such A Love From  (1991)


John Peel – Dave Fanning Interview (1990)

Posted in interview, Music with tags on February 17, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Dave Fanning interviews John Peel (at the BBC studio?) in London. Am guessing this took place in 1990 as they refer to John’s 50th birthday celebration the previous year. Not sure how much if any of the interview is missing as Dave had a 3 hour show from 10pm – 1am at that time. If anyone has memories of this broadcast please share. Dave plays a session track from Honeythieves while John chooses ‘Born Annoying’ by Helmet and a romanian folk song.

John Peel Interview (1990)

Dan Hegarty – Buried Treasure

Posted in Books, Music with tags on February 14, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


In 2015 RTE 2fm DJ Dan Hegarty published ‘Buried Treasure’ a book which shone some light on “overlooked, forgotten and uncrowned albums” as chosen by Dan and a host of guests. Dave Fanning recently let slip that Dan is working on a follow up so we thought it was time to have a look at what made the cut first time round and by a process of elimination what might make an appearance in part 2..

Here in order of their appearance are the Irish entries..

Dan Hegarty: (sic), Pugwash, And So I watch You From Afar, Sack, Nine Wassies From Bainne, Si Schroeder, The Frames, The Devlins, Blink, The Shades, Microdisney, God Is An Astronaut, Aslan, Compulsion, Cap Pas Cap, Power Of Dreams, The Walls, JJ72, Humanzi, Bantum, Lir, Mono Band, Super Extra Bonus Party, U2, Marxman, Gavin Friday, Engine Alley, Jeff Martin, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Will De Burca, Ash and Juno Falls.

The guest contributors: Van Morrison, The Mary Janes, Toasted Heretic, The Jimmy Cake, The Golden Horde, Whipping Boy, Rollerskate Skinny, The Redneck Manifesto, Johnny Gallagher & Friends, Woodstar, Autamata, Kerbdog, Noise Control, The Chapters, Simple Kid, Philip Lynott and Republic Of Loose.




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