Nine Wassies From Bainne (1996 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on December 30, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork and Dublin Nine Wassies From Bainne were Giordaí Ua Laoghaire (vocals, ex Micro Disney, Nun Attax, Soon), Enda Doyle (bass) and Peter O’Kennedy (drums ex Golden Horde). Thanks to Cork Zine Archive and John Byrne who kindly dug this cassette out.

Very Much In Love (Dennis Herlihy Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on December 29, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The following recordings come from the Dennis Herlihy collection which we currently have on loan. Very Much In Love were John Borrowman (vocals), Pat O’Connell, Uli Hoffman, Frank West, Mick Collins and Mark Van Dam. Recorded at Elm Tree Studios, the engineer was Ger O’Leary. John Borrowman was of course frontman with The Atrix, Uli Hoffman and Pat O’Connell were in Max Von Rap.

The Blue Angels (1993 HMV Unplugged)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Blue Angels were Shane O’Neill (guitar/vocals), Quentin Cowper (guitar), Eamonn Tynan (keyboards), Declan Jones (bass) and Dave Clarke (drums). Shane, Declan and Dave were previously members of Blue In Heaven. Candy was released as a single in 1991 and was voted into Fanning’s Fab Fifty at number 33 that same year. This particular recording can be found on the 1993 HMV Unplugged compilation.

Candy (1993 live acoustic)

The Castanedas (Dublin 27th & Carlow 28th Dec 2019)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Carlow’s The Castanedas have announced two shows over Christmas to take advantage of all members being in the same country for a brief overlapping period of time. They play Thomas House, Dublin on Friday 27th and La Boheme, Carlow on Saturday 28th December. Support on both nights will be an acoustic set from Gala Hutton (Azure Days). The Castanedas are Eric Cole (guitar/ vocals), Jim Jordan (guitar), Colm Walsh (bass) and Eric Murray (drums).

Reed Song (demo)

Fanning’s Fab Fifty (1991)

Posted in Music with tags , on December 15, 2019 by Fanning Sessions



We are always on the lookout for Fanning’s Fab Fifty rundowns to help fill out the master list so were delighted to come across this tape featuring 23 of the tracks to feature in the 1991 edition. Unfortunately Dave’s links were edited out so we can’t give the placings or the missing tracks. Eagle eyed readers might spot a typo – ‘Coast Is Clear’ is by Curve. Thanks to Caroline for sharing. Updating with full info thanks to Mossy. Spotify playlist.

50 Gloria – Them
49 Arclight – The Fat Lady Sings
48 You Are The Everything – R.E.M.
47 The End – The Doors
46 Heroin – The Velvet Underground
45 Pride – U2
44 Bloodsport For All – Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
43 Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
42 Starsign – Teenage Fanclub
41 The Dancer – The Frames
40 Endless Art – A House
39 She Bangs the Drums – The Stone Roses
38 Gigantic – The Pixies
37 Light My Fire – The Doors
36 Atmosphere – Joy Division
35 Sit Down – James
34 Walter’s Trip – The Frank and Walters
33 Candy – The Blue Angels
32 Troy – Sinéad O’Connor
31 Sensitize – That Petrol Emotion
30 Galway and Los Angeles – Toasted Heretic
29 Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies
28 This Charming Man – The Smiths
27 World Leader Pretend – R.E.M.
26 Happy – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
25 What Difference Does It Make – The Smiths
24 Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
23 After The Watershed – Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
22 A Forest – The Cure
21 Step On – Happy Mondays
20 Size of a Cow – The Wonderstuff
19 The End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.
18 Monkey Gone to Heaven – The Pixies
17 One Tree Hill – U2
16 Coast Is Clear – Curve
15 Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen
14 Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr.
13 The Fly – U2
12 Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies
11 Celebrate – An Emotional Fish
10 Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
9 Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
8 One – U2
7 Fool’s Gold – The Stone Roses
6 Losing My Religion – REM
5 100 Boys – The Golden Horde
4 I Am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses
3 Debaser – The Pixies
2 Bad (Live) – U2
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Barry McCormack (2019 Tom Dunne interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on December 9, 2019 by Fanning Sessions


Former Jubilee Allstar Barry McCormack has just released his seventh solo album ‘Mean Time‘. A recent album of the week on the Tom Dunne show, Tom invited Barry into the Newstalk studio for a very enjoyable chat. Barry plays an early evening show at Coughlan’s of Cork on Feb 15th 2020.

Tom Dunne interview (4th Dec 2019)

A House Is Dead – Vicar Street Dec 12th 2019

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 8, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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This Thursday in Vicar Street, Dave Couse & Fergal Bunbury will bring their A House Is Dead project to the stage one final time. Here are some of the recent radio appearances followed by some words by Fergal on facebook.

Dave Fanning  (2fm 24th Nov 2019)

For The Record – Dan Hegarty (2fm 27th Nov 2019)

Richie McCormack (Newstalk 22nd Nov 2019)

Paul McLoone (TodayFM 21st Nov 2019)


The thing is this. There will be no London, Limerick, Cork or anywhere else IAMSTILLTHEGREATEST shows. Unfortunately, we don’t think any of these would be viable. We’re not even sure if there’s enough people who care to make Vicar Street viable but we’re gonna do it anyway and then we’re out. Whatever myself and Dave do in the future, either separately or together, it won’t be this. We spent many years bringing the noise to cities and venues all over Ireland, England, America and a few in Europe but just this once, the world will have to come to us. Why Vicar Street? We were born in Dublin and first picked up guitars in Dublin. We are it and it is we. The sold out NCH show was so beautiful and powerful that we decided to give something back. Some people expressed their reluctance to get their freak on in the hallowed confines of the National Concert Hall so this one is for the dancers and the dreamers. The show will be performed with all the raging intensity that we bring to everything we do. It will have the power, the screens, the slides, the multi generational IAMAFRAID , eight songs we didn’t play in June and then we will be gone, like slanting rain. I urge anyone who is interested to attend. Don’t be the one saying I wish I went to that or worse, saying you went when you didn’t.

Fergal Bunbury