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The Floors (Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 28, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

The Floors were from Carlow and based around singer/songwriter David Donohue (vocals). The lineup at the time of the Fanning session is unclear but according to the band also featured two members of Azure Days – Ray Lowry (bass) and Ger Farrell (drums) in addition to Maria McKee (vocals & piano), Liam O’Brien (guitar), Shaun O’Dell (saxophone), Vinnie Murphy (keyboards) and Tania D’ileo (vocals). The Floors released ‘Truths & Distortions’ on Setanta (1992) followed by ‘Superbe’ (1996) on Dead Elvis and ‘Morphine Watch’ (1998) on Tongued ‘N’ Grooved.

I can See It Happening

How Can You Be So Cruel

Thanks I’m Speechless

She Floated Into Heaven


Leo O’Kelly (1984 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on February 3, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Carlow, Leo O’Kelly is a member of folk duo Tír na nÓg with Sonny Condell of Scullion. O’Kelly (guitar, vocals, violin) recorded this solo Fanning session on 18th December 1984 featuring three tracks; ‘Cinema’, ‘The Window’s Not High Enough’ and ‘Get Into Focus’. We have two of these tracks for you today. Keep an eye on this site for news of upcoming Leo / Sonny / Tír na nÓg gigs.

Cinema (1984)

The Window’s Not High Enough (1984)

The Castanedas

Posted in demo, Music with tags on June 22, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

From Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, The Castanedas were Eric Cole (guitar/ lead vocals), Jim Jordan (guitar), Colm Walsh (bass) and Eric Murray (drums). Championed by Bill Graham of Hot Press, local legend had it that David Geffen travelled to Bagenalstown to see them play. This track was taken from a dodgy completely legit copy of ‘Legendary Basement Tapes 91-93’. Once managed by John Collins, now an Irish Times business editor.

Mind The Gap

Happy Bus

Thanks to Neil for the photos and music.

Cork Rock (1991)

Posted in Fanning, live, Music with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Hot Press Cork Rock 91 - full line up.jpg

Here’s what none other than Billboard magazine wrote about Cork Rock:

One important annual event for new talent in Ireland is Cork Rock, a showcase event sponsored by Radio 2FM, Hot Press magazine and the Irish Music Rights Organization. ..

2FM producer Jim Lockhart recalls 1991 as the event’s most memorable year, with appearances by The Cranberries, Therapy? and Sultans Of Ping, The Frank and Walters, Toasted Heretic and Chelsea Drugstore, today known as The Devlins.

The following tracks were all recorded from Dave Fanning’s 2FM radio show.

Toasted Heretic – Galway and Los Angeles

The Cranberries – Uncertain

The Frank and Walters – Michael

Azure Days – Blew My Clouds Away

Azure Days (Visual Eyes)

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 13, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Azure Days appeared on ‘Visual Eyes’ in 1986 performing ‘Back Down To Justice’.

Azure Days (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , on February 3, 2010 by Fanning Sessions


Carlow band Azure Days recorded 4 sessions for the Dave Fanning show but so far I have only managed to track down this one track. I believe it comes from the third or fourth of those sessions. Azure Days were Gala Hutton (vocals & guitar), Liam O’Brien (guitar), Ray Lowry (bass) and Gerry Farrell (drums) . Thanks to demosuzki for helping confirm the track origin.

She Won’t Come Again (Session)

Azure Days

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , on August 24, 2009 by Fanning Sessions


From Carlow Azure Days were Carling / Hot Press Band of the Year finalists in 1986 and winners in 1987. The first track today ‘The Old Tradition’ featured on Comet LP Two while the second track ‘Blew My Clouds Away’ was released as a single on Mystery Records in November 1987. I have a third track I think is Azure Days but am not 100% sure (see here). According to the Irish Punk And New Wave Discography the band comprised Gala Hutton (vocals & guitar), Ray Lowry (bass) and Gerry Farrell (drums, later of Skindive) but both photographs show 4 members.. Updating: Thanks to Neil and Krusty the fourth member is Liam O’Brien. The single was produced by Tír na nÓg’s Leo O’Kelly who recorded his own version of said track in 2002. Gala Hutton later featured in bands 79Cortinaz and The Trains and is currently busy with Sugar Factory. Update: According to Wikipedia Robbie Robinson featured on ‘Blew My Clouds Away’ and also on this.

The Old Tradition (1987)

Blew My Clouds Away (1987)