Wheels On Fire (live recordings 1987-1989)

Posted in Music with tags on February 18, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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A couple of weeks ago we posted a demo played by Dave Fanning of an at the time unidentified band from Lahinch, Co. Clare. We now know the band were  Wheels on Fire and have identified the members as Jennie McGrath and Anne Parker (vocals), Paul O’Brien & Anthony Edwards (guitars), Maureen Comber (bass) and Theresa O’Brien (drums). Anthony Edwards of the band was kind enough to locate some photos (the above taken at Sir Henrys in Cork during the Hot Press Band Of ’88 competition) and upload a selection of live recordings to Soundcloud.

Candy Apple Red (Session)

Posted in Music with tags on February 9, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

From Dublin, Candy Apple Red were Dave Dorgan (vocals), Gerry Fahy (guitar), Eamonn Elliott (drums) and Damien Byrne (bass). Gerry was previously in The Slowest Clock while Dave was formerly of The Candyshop and Sack. If anyone has a band photo or know the year this session was recorded/broadcast please let get in touch. Thank you diplah for the reminder.

Say Goodbye


I Can’t See Your Sky

Breaking Out – Fergus O’Farrell (Interference) documentary

Posted in Music on February 6, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Michael McCormack (Dave Fanning Interview, 2017)

On Sunday following a sold out all star tribute show in Cork and ahead of a similar show in Dublin, Dave Fanning was joined by filmmaker Michael McCormack. Michael has spent the last 10 years working on a documentary about the Interference frontman Fergus O’Farrell. The project is now in it’s final stages and if you’d like to help please visit the ‘Breaking Outindiegogo page. The band’s second album ‘The Sweet Spot’ has also just been launched, an album that itself was 7 years in the making.

Wheels On Fire (1987 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on January 27, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Wheels On Fire - Demo 1987.jpgFrom Lahinch, Wheels On Fire were Jennie McGrath (vocals), Anne Parker (vocals), Paul O’Brien (guitar), Anthony Edwards (guitar), Maureen Comber (bass) and Teresa O’Brien (drums). Dave Fanning played this demo track in 1990. Thank you Anthony and Kenny for providing the missing details. Any chance of a band photo? 🙂

Beach Walking (1987)

The Citadels (2003 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on January 19, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


From Cork, The Citadels recorded a 2003 Studio 8 session for the 2fm Dave Fanning and Jay Ahern shows. The band were Cormac O’Caoimh (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fergal O Leary (bass), Arthur O’Leary (keyboards), Barry Desmond (drums), Aoife Regan (vocals) and Eoghan Regan (electric guitar). Cormac O Caoimh will release his fourth solo album ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ in April 2017 at which time we hope to catch one of the live shows.

Visions in Bloom (2003)

If You’re Who I Think You Are (2003)

A New Religion (2003)

Check It Out (RTE Guide, 31 March 1989)

Posted in Fanning, Music, TV with tags , on January 17, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

A Dave Fanning piece in the March 31 1989 edition of the RTE Guide promoting a new TV show ‘Check It Out’ which will feature 2 tracks each from 14 up and coming acts. Dave details the bands in alphabetical order but runs out of space after 7. The profiled 7 are Belsonic Sound, Blue in Heaven, The Big Noise, The Carrellines, The DixonsThe Dixons, The Fireflys, The Golden Horde. The remaining 7 were Interference, Missing Link, Paul Cleary & The Partisans, Stars of Heaven, The Stunning, The Swinging Swine and Swim. Thanks to Dave for digging out and scanning this article.If you like retro scans be sure to check out Brand New Retro.

Thomas McLaughlin – Aughnacloy

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 14, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Former frontman of Light A Big Fire, Thomas McLaughlin self released a solo album in 1992 called ‘Sky Guitar‘ (artwork on the way). This track featured although we don’t know if that is the source of this track which featured on the Dave Fanning Show. Thanks to Paul for tipping us off to this particular track.