Northlight Razorblade (1995 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Northlight Razorblade were Dermot McNevin (vocals, guitar), Yvonne Cullen (cello, saxophone, piano), Terry Rainey (guitar), Maurice Kelly (bass) and Paul Vickers (drums). Maurice and Terry were previously in Imelda’s Boyfriend. The session was produced by Pete Holidai.

Bad Dreams (1995)

Rain (1995)

Something Else (1995)

Deep As (1995)


Microdisney (2018 Interviews)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on May 3, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Excitement is building for the upcoming Microdisney shows in the National Concert Hall Dublin June 2nd and the Barbican London on June 9th.  Sean O’Hagan and Cathal Coughlan of the band dropped in to the BBC Radio 6 studio yesterday for an interview with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The million dollar question was posed (will there be more shows?), as to the answer.. well you’ll just have to listen in. Watch Sean and Cathal perform ‘Dolly’ as part of the Barbican sessions here. Following up on his recent audio documentary Paul McDermott has just published an oral history of the band.

Microdisney (2018 6 Music interview)

Addendum: On May 30th in the days leading up to the momentous reunion in the National Concert Hall Sean and Cathal dropped in to the Newstalk studios to talk to Tom Dunne.

Microdisney (2018 Tom Dunne interview)

Vinyl Dublin 5th-7th May 2018

Posted in Music with tags on May 3, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


VINYL (Dublin) takes place this weekend at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the history of vinyl the three-day event features specially programmed talks, panel discussions and musical performances. The list of interviewers and interviewees is a who’s who of the music industry, needless to say if time and money were no object we’d be there. As consolation this post collects the radio interviews promoting the event.

David Bell (Whipping Boy and VINYL founder) on Dave Fanning show

David also appeared on the Tom Dunne and Paul McLoone shows. Paul will interview fellow Undertones members Michael Bradley and Damian O’Neill on Saturday. Tom interviews Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell and Billy McGuinness of Aslan on Saturday and Steve and Joe Wall of The Stunning on Sunday.

Dave Bell on Paul McLoone show

Dave Bell on Tom Dunne show

Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins & Bella Union) on RTE Arena

Billy Bragg on Ray D’Arcy show

Max Von Rap – Wish I Had A Kawasaki (1984)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 29, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

We recently had a comment from someone with a Max Von Rap VHS looking to contact the band. Happily a DVD is now winging it’s way to Joe Rex. With Max Von Rap in mind we decided to see if we couldn’t chase down their elusive 1984 single and thanks to Ken Connor we did just that.

Max Von Rap were Joe Rex (bass & vocals), Mick Finnegan (guitar), Ulli Hoffman (synths) and Rob McKahy (drums). Dennis Herlihy produced. If you like this you should check out this 1986 demo to which we are very partial.

Wish I Had A Kawasaki (1984)

Pretty Girls (1984)

The Hellfire Club (1989 Session)

Posted in Music, radio, session with tags on April 19, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


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It’s been too long, thank you Paul McArdle of The Hellfire Club for kicking us into renewed action. The Hellfire Club were Tom Doyle (vocals/guitar), Joe Ussher (lead guitar/vocals/piano), John Doyle (bass), Paul McArdle and later Mark Downing (drums). They recorded a Dave Fanning session in studio 8 on March 14th 1989. There were 4 tracks put to tape that day, one of which can be found here. We are now posting the three remaining tracks. Last but not least, thank you Thomas Erbsloh for your awesome tape archive.

Come With Me (1989)

Blind Ambition (1989)

Sweet Smell of Success (1989)

Wormhole (1994 Session part 2)

Posted in Music with tags on March 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

wormhole8 years ago we posted one track from the 1994 session by Wormhole, today we bring you the remaining three. From Ringsend in Dublin, Wormhole were Dave Carroll (drums/vocals), Anthony Carroll (bass/keyboards) and Graham Blackmore (guitar). Thank you Stephen Rennicks for digging out the tape, his long read on the band over on the Abstract Analog site is a great introduction to the band. Check the band out on facebook, twitter or instagram – we hear there may even have been recent recording activity! The photo was taken by band manager Eamonn Crudden.

Lay It On (1994)

White Coat Illyad (1994)

Little Miss (1994)

The Way It Is (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on February 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Way It Is were Martin Quinn (vocals), Dave Browne (guitar), Steve Browne (drums), Aaron McVeigh (bass), Frank McGing (keyboards), Johnny Haverty (sax), Tom Curran (percussion) and Aoibhinn Murray & Tuesday May (backing vocals). Thank you Pat O’Mahony for digging this out, we have now digitised half your tapes, if anyone has any requests you know what to do.

Love Is Here (1990)

You Make Me (1990)

Workin Man (1990)