Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute (2000)

Posted in Fanning, radio with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


When we first heard about this particular tape we thought it was a recording of an Uaneen show but it turned out to be 45 minutes of a Dave Fanning tribute to Uaneen broadcast a month after her tragic death. It makes for sad listening but is also very touching and so we have decided to share. We hope her friends and family do not mind us sharing, please let us know if this is not the case. If anyone has a nice recording of an Uaneen show we’d love to share that also. Uaneen of course needs no introduction, she was the face of ‘No Disco’ post Donal Dineen and host to her own RTE 2FM show in the slot after Dave Fanning.

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute on Dave Fanning Show (2000)

The Glee Club

Posted in Music with tags on February 12, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

glee club

The very first band to feature on this site were The Swinging Swine. Two members of that band, Hugh O’Carroll and Joanne Loughman went on to form The Glee Club with Kevin Boyle (guitar). They recorded one Fanning session which is our new holy grail. After a long period of silence Hugh and Joanne are performing at The Patriot in Kilmainham on Friday 13th February 2015 opening for Leo O’Kelly (Tir na nOg). The Glee Club released a mini LP on Setanta followed by an album ‘Mine‘ for 4AD/Setanta which featured new tracks in addition to some re-recordings of others. Hugh and Joanne have just released a single ‘Platitudes‘ which they performed just this week on the RTE Radio 1 John Murray show.

Cactus World News – Dave Fanning Interview Etc (1986)

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

cactus world news - shane mccarthy photography

Cactus World News were Eoin McEvoy (vocals), Frank Kearns (guitar), Fergal MacAndris (bass) and Wayne Sheehy (drums). Frank and Eoin have just announced a pledge music campaign to release a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks from the band. By way of a teaser we’ve dug out two items from our own archives. The ‘Dave Fanning Interview’ track featured on the ‘Years Later’ special edition EP (1986) while Skin & Dust’ was one of 4 tracks on a Melody Maker Vinyl Conflict EP from the same year. Help ensure ‘Found’ is released by pledging your support here.

Dave Fanning Interview (1986)

Skin & Dust (1986)

Sack (1990 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 5, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Formed from the ashes of Lord John White, Sack were Martin McCann (vocals), John Brereton (guitar), Derek Lee (bass), Simon Quigley (keyboards) & Tony Brereton (drums). Martin McCann was previously in Aiken Drum. Martin is currently busy with Elevens who have just released an excellent single.

Airhead (1990)

Mudluck (1990)

Bovine Blues (1990)

Candy Floss (1990)

Juniper (1996 Session Complete)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 31, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

juniper - shane mccarthy
We recently discovered the photographs of Shane McCarthy and have been going through some old posts shamelessly adding artwork (we did ask permission first – thanks Shane!). One of the posts that received a touch up job was this one featuring a solitary Juniper session track which we heard on the Dan Hegarty show back when he was digging out “classic” sessions. Thanks to a kind reader we now have the full session. Juniper of course was the band that preceeded Bellx1 and and featured Damien Rice (vocals & guitar), Paul Noonan (vocals & drums), Dominic Phillips (bass), Brian Crosby (keyboards) and David Geraghty (vocals & guitar).

Deliverance (1996)

Expensive Silence (1996)

Never (1996)

Then Go (1996)

An Emotional Fish – Interview & Session (1989)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 28, 2015 by Fanning Sessions
March 1993 (C) Shane McCarthy Photography

March 1993 (C) Shane McCarthy Photography

An Emotional Fish were Ger Whelan (vocals), Martin Murphy (drums), David Frew (guitar), and Enda Wyatt (bass). They did this interview and session for Jim O’Neill on Century Radio in 1989. Since 2002 Ger has been active as Jerry Fish and has gone from success to success. The photo is courtesy Shane McCarthy from a movie inspired photo shoot in March 1993, check out his facebook gallery for more impressive shots.

Century Radio Interview & Session (1989)

Something Happens! In Concert (1989)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 24, 2015 by Fanning Sessions
Photo (C) Shane Mc Carthy Photography

Photo (C) Shane Mc Carthy Photography

The Dave Fanning Show on 2FM featured a weekly in concert segment with a 30 minute live recording from a band of the day. Something Happens! featured in session last week but we came across this recording on the Something Happens facebook group and couldn’t resist. It’s a two parter so we pretty have the full show. By the way the lads have just announced they are to play at the Killarney Festival on June 27th alongside The Undertones and The Frank & Walters.

02-What Now
03-Take This With You
05-Tall Girls Club
06-Forget Georgia
07-I Had a Feeling
08-Here Comes the Only One Again
09-7 Days Till 4am
11-Burn Clear
12-Paloma Blanca
13-Summertime Love
14-Does Your Mother Know

In Concert – Part 1 (1989)

In Concert – Part 2 (1989)


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