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At The Window (First Demos)

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 16, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


It’s always nice to get feedback but especially so when it involves the artist in question. Earlier this year Eamonn Linehan of At The Window got in touch and kindly sent a copy of a white label vinyl pressing which we posted here. Then we heard from Nick Knight who was also good enough to dig out the first At The Window demos recorded in a 4 track studio in Limerick circa 1981.

Dancing With A Shadow (1981)

Costume Drama (1981)

All Turned To Tears (1981)

At The Window (White Label Pressing)

Posted in demo with tags , on August 21, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Paul Lehane (left) and Nick Knight

Paul Lehane (left) and Nick Knight

The quality of this particular digitization leaves something to be desired but I hope you won’t mind. If you do please poke me and I’ll see what I can do. These tracks were never released as Phonogram was taken over and had other matters on their mind. Eamonn Lenihan can be heard on RTE Lyric FM where he co-hosts ‘Blue Of The Night‘. Anyone got a band photo featuring all three members of Shannon natives At The Window?

Becky Foster *

State Aid +

A Kind Of Comfort *

Recorded by Ted Page & Colin Richardson at Slaughterhouse Studios, East Yorkshire, 1987/1988

Hits You So Hard +

Somewhere In France (The Waltz) *

Recorded by James Broughton at Von’s, Islington, London, 1989

Nick Knight (guitars)
Paul Lehane (drums)
Eamonn Lenihan (vocals, bass)

Written by * Nick Knight + Eamonn Lenihan
All arrangements At The Window

At The Window – The Waltz (1989)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 4, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Paul Lehane (left) and Nick Knight

Paul Lehane (left) and Nick Knight

I recently came across a promo video on YouTube by long time site favourites At The Window. The track ‘The Waltz’ was recorded in London in 1989 and released on a 12″ EP. It turns out Eamonn Linehan of the band has been with RTÉ lyric fm since 2002 and currently hosts ‘The Blue Of The Night‘ on Friday through Sunday nights. I’ll let Eamonn take up the story..

Shannon was not your typical Irish town. Still isn’t, in fact. In Shannon, Eamonn soon befriended Donal Fean, a music lover who lived on the same housing estate. A younger brother of Johnny Fean of Horslips, Donal was the first person Eamonn met who owned albums by Captain Beefheart, Stravinsky and Eric Dolphy. Donal had even seen Frank Zappa in concert!

Attending his very first day at an English university, Eamonn hooked up with a kindred spirit who soon showed a similar indifference to the degree he was taking: guitarist Nick Knight. Nick is the only genius Eamonn is certain he’s met in his life so far. (You won’t have heard of Nick – such is the nature of the music business. Eamonn hopes to record with him again one day soon). Eamonn, Nick and drummer Paul Lehane founded the oddly-named At the Window during the early 1980s. (The band-name derived from a Clive James book of TV criticism – “the window does not very much shape the world; only, temporarily, what we see”).

When the trio decided to make a demo tape of original tunes, it was recorded on Donal Fean’s 4-track (portastudio) in Shannon. Created in a local hall over the Easter weekend of 1983, Donal’s recording captured the essence of the band’s sound far better than subsequent sessions made in professional studios in the UK. Broadcaster Dave Fanning became a fan. An A&R scout called Russ Conway twice recommended At The Window to the board of Phonogram Records (the label’s roster of acts included The Fall, Big Country, Dire Straits and Tears For Fears). And, despite the assistance of a former manager of The Stranglers and an ally at Warner Chappell music publishers, nothing came of a move to London.


The Waltz (1989)

At The Window (1987 Session)

Posted in Barry Martin, demo, Music, radio with tags , on February 14, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

It’s hard to believe this blog has been going so long and even harder to believe I never posted this before. At The Window featured 3 years ago with a personal favourite ‘State Aid‘ recorded as part of a Fanning session. That track struck a chord with other readers and recently seekenee managed to dig out some video footage of the band performing that song for RTE’s ‘Visual Eyes‘. Today I have what I believe to be a demo recorded by the band and broadcast by Barry Martin on Limerick pirate radio station The Sound Channel in the late 80s. I could be wrong as a number of unidentified tracks posted prove but my own handwriting states that this is At The Window so here goes. If anyone has any further details on the band please get in touch or even better leave a comment. Also thank you for the excellent comments on my recent manifesto. If anyone has any pull at RTE now is your chance.. Update: thanks to two readers we now have the band lineup, it was Nick Knight (guitars, pedals) Eamonn Lenihan (bass, vocals), Paul Lehane (drums) and a song title.

White Sheets (1987)

At The Window (Visual Eyes)

Posted in Fanning, Music, TV with tags , , , , on February 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Details on Shannon, Co. Clare three piece At The Window remain elusive but thanks to a fellow archivist we now have some video footage. This recording of ‘State Aid’ was for RTE TV show ‘Visual Eyes‘ in 1986. The Fanning session recording of the same song can be found here. If anyone has further details on the band members please leave a comment or send an email. I do wish RTE would put all these 80s music shows online but that’s another matter..

At The Window

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

Next up are a band from Shannon called At The Window. Active in the late eighties although I’m not sure how much gigging they did. This session track is a particular favourite of mine and was recorded on 3rd and 4th Feb 1986, the two other session tracks were ‘City Lights’ and ‘Theme’.

State Aid