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John Kelly & Andy Kershaw – West Cork Literary Festival

Posted in Music with tags , on May 16, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Two broadcasters/authors that we much admire and who have featured regularly in these pages are set to appear at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry in July..


John Kelly, onetime host of the still missed ‘Eclectic Ballroom‘ has just published his latest novel ‘From Out Of The City’ and he hosts a “literary brunch” on Saturday July 12th


Andy Kershaw’s autobiography ‘No Off Switch‘ was one we enjoyed a lot and he is finally bringing his one man show ‘The Aventures of Andy Kershaw’ to Ireland for a couple of dates – May 31st at Listowel Writers’ Week and July 9th at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry.

Andy Kershaw (2013 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, radio with tags , on September 6, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Photo from Andy's facebook stream

Andy Kershaw with BP Fallon at the Electric Picnic 2013

Andy Kershaw’s autobiography is a great read so I was very interested to hear what transpired when Andy and Dave Fanning met at the Electric Picnic recently. There were no surprises for anyone who’s read ‘No Off Switch‘ but those who haven’t might take this opportunity.

Here’s what Andy himself wrote on facebook:

I was also thrilled to hook up again with the truly legendary Irish rock journalist and scene-maker, BP Fallon, following a gap of about 25 years. The tireless little imp, after 300 years of chronicling the music of others, has now got himself a band, has made a CD, and last Saturday night I watched him for the first time as stage performer. He played a remarkable if low-key gig in one of the more obscure tents. It was really good.

And while we were hanging out together on Sunday, I was also trying to persuade him that the time has come for him now to write his autobiography. (“If I can do it, Beep…”) What a story that would be! It would blow mine into the weeds.

It was also fab to see Dave Fanning again after many years, and to be interviewed on Dave’s RTE radio show, broadcasting live from the festival. (The noted motormouth of Irish radio couldn’t get a word in edgeways…) Also great to be reunited with Johnny Marr, and with Denis Desmond, the festival promoter, both of whom I hadn’t seen since Billy Bragg days. Johnny played a splendid set too.

Andy Kershaw with Dave Fanning (2013)

Andy Kershaw ‘No Off Switch’

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , on January 19, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

I’ve just finished reading Andy Kershaw‘s autobigraphy ‘No Off Switch‘ and wanted to say how enjoyable it was. I first came across Andy as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 on who’s shows you never knew what to expect, he played anything and everything from African folk to US new (and old) country. I also knew his as a TV presenter on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ which I still remember fondly watching of a New Year’s Eve. Andy introduced me to Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett and that US new country segment is still etched in my mind. But Andy’s career is much longer and wide ranging than this as I was to learn when reading this book. Living in Ireland means that I was thankfully spared the media attention for which many probably think they know Andy and thankfully this book does not dwell on those times. The book does recount trips to the US to track down Ted Hawkins and other forgotten musicians, Andy’s days as Leeds Ents officer, trips as intrepid reporter to the homelands of loony dictators, the list goes on. If you enjoy a fascinating read, do yourself a favour and get this book. Then go and check out some of his shows which is what I am doing now, listening to Andy on ‘Desert Island Discs‘. Here’s a track from a band who I remember being blown away by in Limerick’s Savoy in the 80s and who I probably first heard on Andy’s show.

The Real Sounds of Africa ‘Wende Zako

Ted Hawkins on the BPFO (4 April 1987)

Posted in interview, live, Music, radio with tags , , , on August 23, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

The BP Fallon Orchestra was the title of RTE Radio 2 show hosted by BP Fallon on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 1982 until 1987. His guest on Aprill 4th 1987 was Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995) an American singer-songwriter from Mississippi.

Hawkins achieved cult status among fans around the world, but was usually to be found playing guitar and singing, while sitting on a milk-crate, entertaining passers-by in Santa Monica, California. He was often rescued from this fate over the years, by enthusiastic record producers and even by the BBC’s roving reporter Andy Kershaw, who championed his cause in Britain. However Hawkins seemed torn between the promise of artistic success and the lure of a delinquent life style.
The Independent (13/1/1995)

In this hour long show Ted talks to BP about his youth, school and how he ended up in prison. Thanks to Martin for digging this one out.

Ted Hawkins BPFO (1987)