Grand (2001 Session)

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

grand 2fm session

Grand were a Cork 5 piece / 8 piece featuring Conor O’Toole (vocals & guitar), Tomás Mulcahy (keyboards), Colm O’Sullivan (bass), Niamh O’Shea (drums & vocals) and Johnny Richardson (guitar), with Lorcan MacMuiris (trumpet), Louise O’Flynn (cello) & Catríona Ohora (violin). They recorded a 2fm session (produced by Pete Holidai) in May 2001 from which we have one sole track, the missing songs are ‘Brains’, ‘Dancehall Act’ and ‘I Could be The One’. Conor was also a member of The Orange Fettishes who have yet to feature (hint, hint). The debut Grand album (2000) can be found on bandcamp and is well worth an investment. Conor’s UCC 98.3FM radio show ‘The Underground of Happiness‘ is also an excellent listen.

Groggy Ceann (2001)


Barry Martin on Limerick pirate Sound Channel 98.7FM

Posted in Barry Martin, Music with tags , on September 27, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Today’s post has been on the to do list for quite some time but the activities of the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame and their touring Irish Pirate Radio Exhibition finally pushed us over the edge. Yours truly spent a number of formative years living in Limerick and the weekends were rendered significantly more pleasant thanks to the efforts of a certain show on a local pirate radio station. The show in question was hosted by Barry Martin and featured a healthy dollop of indie interspersed with more classic alternative fare with jazz and spoken word thrown in for good measure. The show went out late at the weekend on Sound Channel 98.7 FM. Further details escape but thankfully circa 90 minutes of recordings of said show survive across a number of cassette tapes and have now been digitised and uploaded for posterity. Credit for the newspaper scan goes to Ian B and can be found on Liam Byrne’s Limerick Radio Site.

Luxury – The Last Word In.. (1997 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

From Dublin, Luxury were Bernard Diffley (guitar & keyboards), David Kelly (bass & cello), Shane Treanor (vocals) and Bernard Walsh (drums & percussion). They recorded this 3 track demo in July 1997. Engineer was Paul Keegan. Bernard Walsh was of course in The Stars Of Heaven.

Everyday Social (1997)

Elvis Stole My Girl (1997)

Today Is For Living (1997)

Joe Henry (Interview & Tour)

Posted in Music with tags on September 10, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Grammy winning producer Joe Henry is currently in Ireland on a writing residency at the Burren College having just produced an album for Rhiannon Giddens in Dublin. He is taking the opportunity to do a solo acoustic tour of the west coast and will be playing the following dates:

Sept 15 Ceol Beo, Leap Castle, Roscrea
Sept 21 The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Sept 27 Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway
Oct 05 Dolan’s, Limerick
Oct 13 Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare [Sold Out]

Joe Henry on the Dave Fanning Show (2018)

Hubble ‘Go Biology!’ (1997)

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

From Cork, Hubble were Cormac Gahan (vocals, guitar, bass), Maurice Hallissey (drums, deleted backing vocals), Paul Ruxton (vocals, guitar) and Bill Twomey (vocals, guitar). This 1997 cassette release ‘Go Biology!’ was recorded one day in March 1997 by John O’Mahony and released on Mystery Glitch Records. The band would later change their name to Boa Morte and release two critically acclaimed albums. They are currently recording their third album due for release in March 2019.

Lucky Guess (1997)

No. 2 (1997)

Only Witness (1997)

Damn You Peter Pan (Session)

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

dyppDamn You Peter Pan were Paul Murnaghan (vocals, bass), Ray Lynch (guitar, keyboards) and Weg Timbs (drums). We believe this is their Fanning session but cannot yet confirm. If you have any further details on the band or when this session was recorded please get in touch. Thank you to the requester on facebook, if you don’t ask folks nothing gets done round here! If anyone from RTE is reading we really would love a master list of Fanning Sessions with dates and maybe even track titles? Pretty please..

Burn in Heaven

Sexual Sea

Unsure Song


Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (18 May 1986)

Posted in Music with tags , , on August 27, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

This recording comes courtesy of Limerick born artist and sometime guitarist Donald Teskey. Donald was recently a guest of John Kelly on the Mystery Train Sunday Service.

A recording of a lovely interview from the Dave Fanning rock show with (the late) Grant McLennan from 18 May 1986 on the occasion of the Go-Betweens first gigs in Ireland. They had just played an open air lunchtime concert in Trinity College, which I was at, and being a massive fan I rushed home to record to the interview that evening. (Robert Forster tells a story about the same event in his recently published memoir ‘Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens’). They then played Trinity Ball which was on the following day. The interview is really good natured and delves into the bands influences etc. with some unusual music choices by Grant.