The Drays (2015 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on July 1, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

The Stars Of Heaven‘s Stephen Ryan is back with a new band and a new album ‘Look Away Down Collins Avenue’. The Drays were on RTE Radio 1 John Murray show today and played 2 songs live in studio. Earlier in the week Stephen was on the Tom Dunne Newtalk show for a lengthy interview and we’ve added that for you’re listening pleasure.

the drays john murray show

John Murray session (2015)

Tom Dunne interview (2015)

Intoxicating Rhythm Section

Posted in Music with tags on June 23, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

Details are a little sketchy but hopefully will be able to correct soon. From Athy, Co Kildare Intoxicating Rhythm Section were Mick O’Rourke (guitar), Colm Walsh (accordion) both later in The Practical Householders, also Steven Mangan (vocals), later in Just A Philistine and Robbie Robinson (drums) ex No Sweat. We believe John Byrne and Sean McMahon were also members, others will be added as we identify them.. Nin Thew, Derville O Sullivan and Jackie Kelly performed backing vocals for ‘Hello’.

Union Smash


Rory Gallagher – Dave Fanning tribute (14/6/2015)

Posted in Music with tags on June 15, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of the great Rory Gallagher; blues-rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and especially guitar-legend. Dave talks to Cllr Mary Shields and has a listen back to some archive interviews…

Rory Gallagher Tribute (2015)

All Cats Are Gray (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 9, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

all cats are gray From Tuam, Co. Galway, All Cats Are Gray were brothers Kevin (guitar, lead vocals) and Mousey McHugh (bass, vocals), Red McGrath (drums) and ??? (keyboards). Mousey, Alan Flynn and Leo Moran later went on to form Too Much For The Whiteman. These two tracks are from a 1985 demo which also featured ‘The Elphin’. Too Much For The Whiteman are reforming for a one off show at the upcoming Sugarbeet Festival in Tuam Stadium on Saturday 22nd August.

acag Brigitte Bardot (1985)

The Bed Is Rough (1985)

The Fallen Angels (1984 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on June 7, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

The Fallen Angels recorded a Fanning session on 11/12/1984 featuring ‘Maneater’, ‘Roadhouse’ and ‘Pay Dirt’. We have very little band information, according to irishrock they featured Tom Doyle (ex The Letters) and some future members of The Dixons.

Maneater (1984)

Roadhouse (1984)

16 Tons Of Jive (1984 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 4, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

16 tons

From Limerick, 16 Tons Of Jive were led by Christy Barry, ex Christy and The Last of The Teenage Idols. The full band was: Christy Barry (vocals & guitar), Mike Kenny (trumpet/guitar), Ralph Unsworth (bass), Tom McLaughlin (drums), Dermot Moloney (sax), Mike O’Loughlin (sax) and Ger Sadlier (bass, 1982-84). They recorded a Fanning session on 22/04/1985 featuring ‘Every Day I Die’, ‘Trying Hard’, ‘She Takes The Pill For Me’ and ‘A Taste Of The Blues’. Thank you Thomas for the tape, Mike for the ticket and Ralph for the discography. This track features Mike Kenny on vocals and comes from a 3 track demo which also featured ‘I’m Touched’ and ‘Tear To My Eye’. Other demos recorded were “Tonight / Take My Breath Away” (1984), “Let her Go / Carpets & Curtains / I’m Touched” (1986) and “One More Reason / Waiting for Your Heart To Burn” (15/3/1986).

6 big

The Edge (1984)

Natural Wild

Posted in Music with tags on June 3, 2015 by Fanning Sessions
(c) Jonathan Ryan

(c) Jonathan Ryan

We are currently working our way through a new delivery of tapes in chronological order. This should date this track as late 1984 / early 1985 unless some dubbing was involved. Natural Wild have already featured but the Fanning session still eludes. Further details on this track would as ever be much appreciated.. We remain locked out of the facebook account – someone in authority decided we need to upload a passport scan proving us to be Mr Fanning Sessions so unfortunately that aint happening soon unless someone out there is handy with Photoshop?

Promise Of Love (1984)


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