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Paul PJ McCartney (2016 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 29, 2020 by Fanning Sessions
pj mccartney - jim cunningham

Paul PJ McCartney photo (c) Jim Cunningham

We’ve long been fans of Derry’s Bam Bam & The Calling and the subsequent projects of it’s band members (Rare, Deadly Engines, The Gatefolds). We were very lucky to witness a recent solo outing by Paul which impressed by the number of new songs in the set. Today’s track is a few years old and featured on a mixtape compiled by Paul which we hope he doesn’t mind us sharing. It was recorded by Paul with his brothers Gavin and Rion in the summer of 2016. This post is dedicated to all the sung and unsung heroes on the frontline helping us get through the apocalypse in which we now find ourselves. Stay safe everyone.

Paul PJ McCartney – Unity Light Dissolve (2016)

The Deadly Engines (Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 6, 2019 by Fanning Sessions


The Deadly Engines were Paul Patrick McCartney (guitar & vocals), Joseph McCowan (bass, backing vocals), Anthony Doherty (backing vocals, noises) and Richard Rainey (drums). In 1992 they released an album ‘Entrance’ on Setanta Records. Paul PJ McCartney is also a member of Bam Bam & The Calling who have announced a show on May 4th at the Collon Bar as part of Derry Jazz Festival.

You Can’t be Lonely Forever

Optimum Hold

Bam Bam & The Calling (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 10, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

bam bam & the calling in the venue derry

Bam Bam & The Calling are a 4 piece from Derry featuring the talents of Paul PJ McCartney (guitar, vocals), Tom Doherty (drums), John McCloskey (guitar) and Joe Brown (bass). They recorded this Fanning session on Jan 19th 1987. The band is still known to perform every couple of years and Joe Brown is currently active with veritable Derry supergroup The Gatefolds. To these ears at least the never before heard ‘Road Of The Lonely’ is a lost classic. Enjoy.

Road Of The Lonely (1987)

Only Sing (1987)

Scraping Off The Shine (1987)

Secret Meeting (1987)

Bam Bam & The Calling will play ‘A Night For Sean’ on Friday 20th September 2013 upstairs in The Gweedore Bar, Derry..

In early July the Semple family lost a dear loved one and a true gentleman, Sean and a lot of folk in Derry and further afield lost a great friend. . We’re honoured to be asked to play at this night in his memory. .Please come along and share it with us.


Re-energize by Gary Mitchell (music composed by John and Damian O’Neill of The Undertones)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 15, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


Written by one of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights Gary Mitchell, ‘Re-energize’ is set thirty years after ‘Punk-tastic’ success of ‘Energy’, where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

Now with music composed by John and Damian O’Neill of The Undertones, and under the direction of the highly esteemed Conall Morrison, the band members re-unite to do one last gig to prove to themselves, each other, their annoying teenage children that they could have been somebody…

Derry is currently UK City Of Culture 2013 and The Playhouse is presenting Re-energize a play written by Gary Mitchell and directed by Conall Morrison. The show runs from Monday 13th May until Saturday 18th May at 8pm. Paul McCartney, himself a veteran of the punk era (Graffiti, Bam Bam & The Calling) reviewed the play for Radio Foyle show Pure Culture and as he says get down the street and see it!

Pure Culture review by Paul PJ McCartney (15th May 2013)

Bam Bam and The Calling / Cuckoo – 14th July 2012 (Link Fest)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 27, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Two Derry bands of a classic vintage Bam Bam & The Calling and Cuckoo are performing on Saturday 14th July in Bound For Boston as part of Derry’s Link Fest along with a who’s who of the maiden city’s musicians.

Link Fest is a new festival taking place in the bars and venues of Waterloo street and beyond. Set up to showcase the talent within the city of Derry and to have a great weekend of top class local music, the festival will take place on the 13th and 14th of July.

Between Masons, The Castle, Bound for Boston, Gweedore and The Playhouse over 30 acts will perform. Confirmed bands include.. Little Bear, Libidoswitch, Grace and Mercy, Intermission, Cuckoo, Nucturn, The Lost, Wood Burning Savages, Making Monsters, Soak, Best Boy Grip, Our Krypton Son, Conor Mason, Connor Hutcheon, Seneron, Triggerman, Acari, John Deery and the Heads, By Any Means, Thumpin Jellyfish, Johanna Fegan, Mars Field, Shine May Sun, Hazard Harry, Jack Craig, James Quigley, Conor McAteer, Balls Deep, Lost Avenue, Wyldling, Rozza, Zia Regime, Exit Pursued by Bear, The Murder Balladeers, macroom, the reverb, lochenlode, MOTH, Levity Breaks, Erin Mitchell, Bam Bam and The Calling, Controlled Conflict, Dead ‘Til Friday, Nozone, Astralnaut, Apache, Balkan Alien Sound, Death to Johnny, Soilsiu, Denis McLaughlin, Ryan O’Doherty

Bam Bam & The Calling, Sandinos, 9th & 10th Sept

Posted in live, Music with tags , on August 3, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

It appears influential Derry band Bam Bam & The Calling never actually broke up. To coincide with two upcoming dates in local venue Sandinos they have even embraced facebook. I’d expect these tickets to be snapped up quickly so fans of northern post punk get your skates on!

Bam Bam and The Calling play their first headline shows in almost 20 years in Sandinos, Derry on 9th and 10th September. The most well known line up featuring John McCloskey, Tom Doherty, Joe Brown and Paul PJ McCartney remains intact and the band will be augmented by Rion McCartney from The Murder Balladeers. In their 28 year on/off existence, the band have made many friends both locally and abroad and hope to continue this when they come to spend the weekend in Water Street. This promises to be a very special event from a band with an incredible and exciting repetoire of songs, and who regard themselves to be on top of their game.

Bam Bam And The Calling

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

bam bam & the calling in the venue derry

Bam Bam And The Calling formed in Derry in 1983 and in the early days had a somewhat changeable lineup with Paul PJ McCartney being the one constant. Raymond Gorman was an early member before leaving for London with Sean O’Neill to form That Petrol Emotion. The band lineup settled around McCartney (guitar, vocals), Tom Doherty (drums), John McCloskey (guitar) and Joe Brown (bass). They moved to London where they released two singles; ‘Scraping Off The Shine‘ in 1987 and ‘Neck Tattoo’ in 1988 before calling it a day. Bam Bam & The Calling recorded a Fanning session on 19th January 1987 featuring tracks ‘Road Of The Lonely’, ‘Only Sing’,  ‘Scraping Off The Shine’ and ‘ Secret Meeting’. Paul McCartney featured on an EP by Sean O’Neill’s post That Petrol Emotion project Rare in 1990 and in 1992 released an album “Entrance” on Setanta Records with The Deadly Engines. These tracks are from a demo of unknown provenance, if you have details or even better a recording of the Fanning session it goes without saying, we’d love to hear from you.

Talking Aloud

Scraping Off The Shine

Neck Tattoo