Details are sketchy for now but 8pm on Easter Monday sees RTE 2fm broadcast part one of a documentary produced by Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson looking back at the Cork Rocks (1990) and Cork Rock (1991) festivals which took place in Sir Henry’s with the support of The Cork Examiner and RTE Radio 2. More details and audio to follow post broadcast. On Wednesday Dan spoke to Craig Walker of Power of Dreams who performed in 1991 following the release of their debut album ‘Immigrants, Emigrants and Me’. Listen back to Dan’s music special here.
Cork’s No Sangoma were Mark O’Sullivan (vocals), Tara Flynn (vocals), Ronnie Murdoch (guitar), Martin Vallely (bass) and Dave Barry (drums). Martin Vallely was previously in Soon. Mark O’Sullivan and Dave Barry later formed The Caroline Shout. No Sangoma recorded a Fanning session in May 1990 which featured ‘All I Ever Do’, ‘Always’ and ‘War Child’. Thanks to Siobhan for the photo.
For the last year I’ve been interviewing the members of Stump and key figures in their story for a radio documentary, scheduled to be broadcast in early January. Mick’s untimely passing has shocked everyone who knew him.
June 1987: Husker Dü, Sonic Youth and Stump perform at L’Élysée Montmartre in Paris. Stump have just signed to Phonogram subsidiary Ensign, a record label with an unusual speciality in securing hits for Irish, or Irish-related bands. The Boomtown Rats, The Waterboys and – imminently – Sinead O’Connor all found a home and success at the label, under the tutelage of Nigel Grainger. Stump have also recently appeared on the front cover of Melody Maker, frontman Mick Lynch topless with his Tintin-quiff and the not-exactly-subtle headline ‘Trout Mask Replicants’. The band were darlings of the recently-defunct Tube television series, Peel Session regulars and about to record their major label debut with Mute sampling doyen Holger Hiller at the helm in Hansa Studios with Stephen Street engineering. By all accounts (well, primarily Stump’s staggeringly verbose drummer Rob McKahey), the band “were a fucking powerhouse that night and blew [Sonic Youth and Husker Dü] off the stage”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s and 90s.