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Dennis Herlihy (R.I.P.)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 2, 2020 by Fanning Sessions

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In September 2019 the world lost much loved and admired Cork sound engineer and tour manager Dennis Herlihy. Dennis was tour manager for Aslan, Donovan and The Wolfe Tones to name but three and worked on many gigs and events over the years. A complete list of acts he worked with may well be beyond our scope but we thought we’d mention those featured on this site. To the best of our knowledge, the following acts recorded music with Dennis at the helm: 3355409s, Adolf Grunt, Bennys Head, Berserk, Berlin, Burning Embers, Cypress, Mine!, Expresso Mambo, Hooky, The Boy The Boy, Porcelyn Tears, Shimpu Zig Zag, Anthony & De Confidence, Max Von Rap, The O’Malleys, Belsonic Sound, Power Of Dreams, Very Much In Love, Light A Big Fire, The Frank & Walters. Jim Casey has kindly lent us a selection of tapes belonging to Dennis featuring many of the bands listed and we hope to feature some of these in 2020.

Aidan McCarthy (1981)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on November 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

We recently took possession, on loan, of a number of tapes, DATs and minidiscs belonging to the esteemed Cork sound engineer Dennis Herlihy who died in September. Dennis was well known for his work with Sir Henry’s and the Triskel and was at the helm recording many great Irish bands such as Light A Big Fire, Belsonic Sound and Power Of Dreams. We hope to compile a comprehensive list in due course.

This first recording from his archive is one of the earliest, dated February 1981. Labelled Aiden McCarthy we didn’t immediately recognise it but some comments on Facebook soon set us straight. Aidan featured in a number of Cork bands; Berzerk, The Kidz, Romeo Butcher and according to Ricky Dineen in the Paul McDermott Oral History played a role in the formation of Nun Attax. One further band fronted by Aidan was Adolf Grunt who as it happens featured Dennis Herlihy on guitar..

dennis herlihy tribute

On Wednesday November 20th in the Crane Lane, Cork there will be a tribute concert for Dennis. Artists performing include The Service, Dizzy Blues Band, Hank Wedel and John Doherty of Little Hours. Doors are at 8.30pm and entry is free.

Ten By Ten – a compilation of Cork bands (1995)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Ten By Ten Volume One is a compilation of unsigned Cork bands released by the Cork Music Resource Co-op (CMRC) in 1995. It features one track each from Inhaler, Manhole, Starchild, Kidminister, Boa, Guru, Sander, The Orange Fettishes, Special Love Brigade and Lunatic Fringe. Thanks to the Cork Zine Archive for tracking down a copy.

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Publish and be Damned: Cork Zine Archive 1975 – 2005

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Publish and be Damned; Cork Zine Archive 1975-2005‘ is an exhibition of zines and independent magazines published in Cork from 1975 until 2005. The exhibition launches at UCC library on July 5th at 5pm with special guest Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and a DJ set from John Byrne (Quare Groove) playing Cork records from the era. The exhibition will remain open until the end of September 2019.

To mark the occasion we have compiled our own 2 hour mixtape of demos and sessions by 36 Cork artists that have featured on this site over the last 10 years.

Treehouse (1993 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 2, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Treehouse were John Rudden (drums), Mike Lyons (guitar & vocals) and Paul Rudden (bass/vocals). This 1993 demo was recorded in Elmtree studios in Cork and produced by Mick Finnegan. A formidable live act, Mark Healy of Cypress, Mine! featured as a second guitarist in the band’s final months. Apparently on one occasion they were supported at Dublin’s Rock Garden by an upcoming act called Ash. Mike Lyons was later a member of Hooky.

Foreign (1993)

Light (1993)

Eleanor (1993)

Howard (1993)

Judy’s Airwave (1993)

Hooky (1998 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 29, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Cork, Hooky at the time of this 1988 session were Mike Lyons (guitar, vocals), Bobby Lee (guitar, vocals), Roy O’Driscoll (bass, vocals) and Arty Lorigan (drums). In 1999 John John Conway who is pictured replaced Roy O’Driscoll. Toby Eaton occasionally joined on Djembe drum and Juno 6. Mike Lyons was previously in Treehouse and later in Box Camera. Toby Eaton and John John Conway were subsequently in Wiggle.

Shadow Boxing (1998)
Aeroplanes (1998)
Forever Watching (1998)
I Wear My Heart (1998)

The Chapter House (1986 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on February 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Seventh Heaven (1996)

Possessed (1986)

The Perfect Crime (1986)

From Cork, The Chapter House were Ann Redmond (vocals), Paul Moore (drums) and Skully (keyboards). Anne Redmond was previously in Porcelyn Tears while Skully was in Real Mayonnaize. Skully later formed Metisse who recorded an as yet unlocated Fanning session. This session was recorded on April 14th 1986. Thank you to Nick and Joe for digging it out.