A House Is Dead – NCH June 29th 2019

Posted in Music with tags , on April 4, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

They said it would never come to pass, we said it would never come to pass. Thankfully we were wrong. On June 29th Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury will reimagine ‘I Am The Greatest’ the 3rd album by A House at the National Concert Hall. We will be at the head of the virtual queue tomorrow at 10am looking for a ticket. Dave and Fergal joined Paul McLoone on TodayFM tonight to discuss this turn of events.

Treehouse (1993 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 2, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Treehouse were John Rudden (drums), Mike Lyons (guitar & vocals) and Paul Rudden (bass/vocals). This 1993 demo was recorded in Elmtree studios in Cork and produced by Mick Finnegan. A formidable live act, Mark Healy of Cypress, Mine! featured as a second guitarist in the band’s final months. Apparently on one occasion they were supported at Dublin’s Rock Garden by an upcoming act called Ash. Mike Lyons was later a member of Hooky.

Foreign (1993)

Light (1993)

Eleanor (1993)

Howard (1993)

Judy’s Airwave (1993)

Hooky (1998 Session)

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

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From Cork, Hooky at the time of this 1988 session were Mike Lyons (guitar, vocals), Bobby Lee (guitar, vocals), Roy O’Driscoll (bass, vocals) and Arty Lorigan (drums). In 1999 John John Conway who is pictured replaced Roy O’Driscoll. Toby Eaton occasionally joined on Djembe drum and Juno 6. Mike Lyons was previously in Treehouse and later in Box Camera. Toby Eaton and John John Conway were subsequently in Wiggle.

Shadow Boxing (1998)
Aeroplanes (1998)
Forever Watching (1998)
I Wear My Heart (1998)

The Radiators Plan 9 on The Mystery Train with John Kelly (2004)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Radiators From Space need no introduction. In 2004 the seminal Irish punk outfit reconvened with 2 new members for an appearance at Oxegen under the name Radiators Plan 9. A day earlier on 9th July 2004 they recorded 3 tracks live in Studio 8 and an interview for John Kelly’s Mystery Train then on RTE Radio 1. This interview and session was later broadcast with an additional track recorded at Oxegen. The Radiators Plan 9 were Philip Chevron (vocals, guitar, bass), Pete Holidai (vocals, guitar), Steve Rapid (vocals, tambourine), Cait O’Riordan (vocals, bass)and Johnny Bonnie (vocals, drums). The 40th anniversary edition of ‘Ghostown’ is due for release in July 2019. Thank you John and Martin Foyle for the cassette. The latest incarnation of the Radiators is The Trouble Pilgrims.

Wilderness Years (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 23, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, 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 four tracks, two we have today and two further tracks ‘Original Sin’ and ‘Growing up with Winston’. We recently bumped into Derek Lee at the Microdisney reunion and he has promised to get in touch. He has featured in many bands over the years e.g. Sack, MBV, Daniel Figgis and he and Darragh were also members of Guernica. Thank you Conor & Karen Murray for doing the honours.

Don’t Change Your Mind (1985)

Never Knew How Much I Cared (1985)

Dave Fanning’s Irish Show (March 1984)

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

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Today we have a treat, a 45 minute recording of the Dave Fanning show from March 1984 courtesy the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Dave announces he is playing Irish tracks only and plays a number of sessions and even a demo we’d never previously heard from Blue In Heaven. There is one track we haven’t been able to identify so if you know your 80s Irish rock then please put us out of our misery.

u2 – surrender
max – song number 6 (session)
undertones – you’re welcome (live)
the outcasts (1981 session)
auto da fe – bad experience
some kind of wonderful – do you read my letter
pop mecanics – round & round (1984 session)
blue in heaven – say (demo)
blades – revelations of heartbreak
cuba dares (session)
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microdisney – hello rascals
gerry cott? – ballad of the lone ranger

David Long – Underground Song (2019)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 7, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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One of our live highlights of 2018 was undoubtedly David Long’s show at Whelan’s. One of the many standout moments of the night was a track which Dave has kindly allowed us to post today. It comes from a forthcoming album ‘In Headphones’. Recorded by David Ayers the track was produced by David Long/Adrian O’Connell/David Ayers and features artwork by Noel Farrell/David Long. We asked novelist & Into Paradise fan Ben Vendetta if he would write a few words by way of introduction..

I was thrilled to learn that Into Paradise frontman Dave Long enjoyed my novel ‘Heartworm‘, which takes place in 90s Dublin. When the book was published in 2015, Dave wrote to me, saying “It’s great. I read it last night, it brought back so many memories from that time. I’m delighted that Into Paradise are in it too!”. Last week, I received another email from Dave with a new track. He wrote, “If they ever film your book I hope this song makes it on to the soundtrack!”. Having listened to it multiple times, I’d be thrilled to have this song on a soundtrack! ‘Underground Song’ hits hard like the best of Into Paradise, a poignant ballad about someone lost on his ‘musical feet’ pining for the days of the legendary Dublin venue. Namechecking Whipping Boy’s Fearghal McKee and Jeff Brennan of The Underground, if that isn’t enough to give you the chills, just wait for the end when Dave throws in a refrain from the stunning Whipping Boy single ‘Twinkle’ – “She’s the air I breathe, not too pure for me”. I can’t wait to hear more!

Underground Song (2019)