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The Chapter House (1986 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 3, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


From Cork, The Chapter House were Anne Redmond (vocals), Paul Moore (drums) and Skully (keyboards). Anne Redmond was previously a member of Porcelyn Tears while Skully was in Real Mayonnaize. Jerry Buckley (bass) also from Real Mayonnaize guested on ‘Horizontal Nightmare’. The band were winners of the RTE 2fm Hot Press Band of 1986. They recorded one Fanning session, produced by Jim Lockhart part of which was released as the single ‘Scorch Avenue’. Skully later formed Metisse who also recorded an as yet unlocated Fanning session of their own.

Beside You (1986)

Horizontal Nightmare (1986)

Perfect Crime (1986)

Max Von Rap (1986 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Max Von Rap were Joe Rex aka Pat O’Connell (bass & vocals), Mick Finnegan (guitar), Ulli Hoffman (synthesizers) and Rob McKahey (drums). Mick Finnegan was previously in Nun Attax and later in Expresso Mambo. Rob McKahey was and still is a member of Stump!. Pat O’Connell was later a member of The Atrix. This track possibly features Mark Van Dam (saxophone) and Jerry Fehily of Hothouse Flowers (drums). Thanks to RiochtNaSaor for the photo.

Still Deep (1986)

Flex & The Fastweather – Stan

Posted in Music with tags , on September 10, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


Originally from Cork, Flex And The Fastweather were Paul Tiernan (vocals & guitar), Maurice Seezer (keyboards), John O Sullivan (bass), Earl Gill Jnr (drums), John Stokes (guitar), Mandy Murphy and Carolyn Fox (vocals). Wayne Sheehy, Dave Whyte and John Donaghy also all played (drums) with the band. Paul Tiernan is now active as a solo artist based in France but recording and touring regularly although sadly (for us) doesn’t perform any Flex & The Fastweather material.

Stan (1987)

Boa Morte (2003 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on August 26, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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Whilst listening to C90s of Jay Ahern‘s RTE 2fm show which we were coaxed into digging out, we came across this long sought after session by Cork’s answer to The Blue Nile, Boa Morte. At this time sessions recorded for the Dave Fanning show were shared, Dave would play a couple of tracks with Dan airing the remainder during his 11pm-2am show. We stumbled across Dan’s show by accident and it immediately became essential listening, the late hour was to prove a blessing in disguise. The weekly routine became: start listening to show, put C90 in the deck to record and then head off to bed, wake up to a newly minted mixtape. Another listener who remembers Jay Ahern’s 2fm stint fondly can be found waxing lyrical on Fractured Air. There’s a lot to be said for a weekly radio show of genuine quality.

From Cork, Boa Morte are Bill Twomey (guitar), Maurice Hallissey (drums), Paul Ruxton (guitar, vocals), Cormac Gahan (guitar, vocals). This track was to appear 7 years later on the second and most recent Boa Morte album ‘The Dial Waltz’ (2010). Their debut ‘Soon It Will Come Time To Face The World Outside’ was released in 2002. Bill and Cormac also featured in The Lemmings.

Quarter To Ten (2003)

Without The (1984 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on July 2, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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It’s been a while since Without The featured so we’re sure you won’t mind hearing from them again. This one is hot off the press from hopefully a rich new source of lost tracks.

Peig (1984)

The Sultans of Ping F.C. (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 8, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


The Sultans of Ping F.C. recorded this, their second session for Dave Fanning in January 1993. At the time the band was Morty Mcarthy (drums), Pat O’Connell (guitar), Niall O’Flaherty (vocals and harmonica) and Alan McFeely (bass).

U Talk 2 Much (1993)

Armitage Shanks (1993)

Karaoke Queen (1993)

Soon (1993 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 11, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Originally based in Cork (1986-1988), Soon were to reform in a Dublin-based incarnation (1992-1996) and that is the lineup who recorded this 1993 demo – Tony O’Sullivan (vocals), Martin Dunlea (guitar), Simon McVeigh (bass) and Willie Walsh (drums). The second track features Maurice Seezer on accordion. The comments were from Tony O’Sullivan on Soundcloud.

10th Jan 2015: Updating to remove broken links, the tracks are no longer on Soundcloud

This is the first song of four demo’d by the Cork/Dublin incarnation of SOON at Ringsend Road Studios, Dublin in early January 1993. Written by Tony O’Sullivan and recorded and mixed by Willie Mannion, it was given extensive airplay by RTE’s Dave Fanning which helped the band to quickly build an audience on the Dublin music scene at the time. A song dealing with the often tragic consequences of religious mania, SOON’s drummer Willie, a devout Christian, agonised on the day over whether it bordered on sacrilege and became increasingly reluctant to play on it. Ultimately, it was only recorded after some detailed analysis of the lyric and I’m glad he trusted me, his groove here is phenomenal. He did however say “Tony man, this is so fuckin’ dark” and he was right. It still is.

Straitjacket Jesus (1993)


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