Archive for belfast

Tiberius Minnows (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , , on June 15, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

tiberius minnows band

Formed June 1987 in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Tiberius Minnows were Michael Rafferty (vocals), Paul Maynes (guitar), Kevin Carson (bass), Barry Corr (keyboards) and Stephen O’Sullivan (drums).  The band reconvened as The Minnows a number of years ago and are currently putting the finishing touch to their debut album. If anyone knows the year of this Fanning session please set us straight..

A Song Called Love

Elephant Man

New York City



The Donnelly Brothers – CD Release

Posted in demo, Music with tags , on March 4, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


We are proud to belatedly confirm our first official CD release. At the end of 2013 Martin Burns announced that a CD of Donnelly Brothers demos was to be released and a list of 14 tracks was assembled. Unfortunately fans noticed that one track was missing – ‘The Handicap Bus’. Fortunately The Fanning Sessions Archive had posted that very track, so contact was duly made and we were happy to assist. Said CD has now been released and can be purchased from Flaming June Records for €6.

One Deaf Ear – Mother’s Day (1986)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on December 26, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


Don’t have many details of this recording from One Deaf Ear but an RTE Visual Eyes recording of ‘True Colours‘ was popular so you might enjoy hearing this. From Belfast the band were Michael Madden (vocals, guitar), Brian O’Cuinn (bass, synths), Sean Quinn (synths, vocals, sampler) and Gerard Campbell (drums).

Mother’s Day (1986)

Stuart Bailie ‘Good Vibrations’ Special with Terri Hooley & David Holmes

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


On 26th August 2013 Stuart Bailie hosted an hour long special on his BBC radio show with Terri Hooley and David Holmes about how the soundtrack for the Good Vibrations film was assembled. Read Stuart’s own take in ‘The Invincible Soundtrack‘. The show includes the tale of how ‘Gloria’ was replaced with ‘Star’ for the final credits. I guess it’s David Bowie 1 Van Morrison 0. The direct link to the show on mixcloud is here

John T Davis (2012 Interview)

Posted in interview, Music, radio with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


33 years after ‘Shellshock Rock‘ was controversially withdrawn from the festival programme at the last minute, John T Davis returned to the Cork Film Festival this year for a showing of his seminal Irish punk document. The movie was eventually shown but only thanks to then UCC Entertainments Officer Elvera Butler.

I had met Terri Hooley some time earlier when we were both were guests on the Dave Fanning Rock Show on RTE, talking about rock music in the north and south of the country respectively, and he got in touch with me to see if I could do anything to help.

The following is an interview John gave on 96FM Irish music show ‘The Green Room’ hosted by Michael Carr.

Green Room Interview (17th Nov 2012)

Elvera Butler Interview / Shellshock Rock UCC Downtown Campus (30/6/1979)

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

The following is the poster for the screening of Shellshock Rock at the U.C.C. Downtown Campus on June 30th 1979 which also featured live performances from two of the bands featured in the documentary Rudi and The Outcasts. The photo was kindly sent in by John Dundon from Limerick who commented on that Outcasts session post.

That gig was promoted by Elvera Butler, the founder and mastermind behind Reekus Records currently celebrating their 30 year anniversary. Elvera was recently interviewed by @nessymon aka Vanessa Monaghan for her Culture Cafe show on RTE 2fm/2XM. Here is an excerpt from that interview where Elvera talks of the label’s origins.

ELvera Butler (Reekus Records)

The Outcasts (1981 Fanning Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on March 27, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

THE OUTCASTS - bandpic2
Thanks to long time supporter Rob for digging this one out. The Outcasts were a Belfast punk band formed in 1978 by Greg Cowan (vocals/bass), Colin Getgood (guitar), Martin Cowan (guitar) and Colin Cowan (drums). They appeared in the John T. Davis’ ‘Shellshock Rock‘ documentary on NI punk and later in their own doc ‘Self Conscious Over You’. In mid 1980 Greg Cowan was injured in a motorbike accident and Gordie Blair (SLF/Rudi) joined on a temporary basis – he actually appears in the ‘Self Concious’ doc. Colin Cowan was tragically killed in a car crash in May 1982. The Outcasts recorded sessions for Dave Fanning, John Peel (2x), Janice Long and Downtown Radio. Incidentally The Outcasts were the most requested act on Dave Couse’s recent ‘An Teach Solas‘. Check them out on facebook. Photo courtesy Museum of Radio Sessions.

Machine Gun (1981)

Hiroshima (1981)

Magnum Force (1981)

Beating and Screaming (1981)