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Pat’s Tapes

Posted in Music with tags , on January 5, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Over the years we have been fortunate to come across a number of folk generous enough to entrust us with their tape collections. Lightning struck again recently when producer/director/presenter Pat O’Mahony dropped 103 demo tapes from his personal collection on our doorstep. Regular listeners to the Dave Fanning show in the years 1990 to 1997 will recognise Pat as a frequent stand-in on the show. Check out this recent interview for the debut episode of Pat’s Off Message podcast.

We are currently in the process of cataloging the tapes before digitising begins. Thanks to Pat and to Dan Boyle for his assistance.

A special thank you also to all previous donors, without whom, this site would have long ago shut up shop.

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YouTube Channel & Playlists

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Along with twitter, facebook, soundcloud, mixcloud accounts we also have a YouTube channel. In addition to a few videos rescued from VHS tapes generously sent by readers (there are some ‘No Disco’ tapes outstanding – on the TODO list!) we use playlists to track musical performances we come across from shows close to our hearts e.g. Anything Goes, Visual Eyes, Borderline, Megamix, On The Waterfront and No Disco. If you want to take a trip down memory lane these playlists might be a good starting off point and if you come across clips we missed then drop a line. Whilst on the subject a big thank you to all who have donated and uploaded priceless clips and a major tip of the hat to KillianM2 who continues to do sterling work. Now excuse us – we’re off to add an #MTUSA playlist..

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Tom’s Tapes

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

Here are a bunch of the tapes we’ve been busy with over the last few months. If you’d like to help please have a look and see if you can pick out any lost gems/sessions that deserve some airtime. Thank you Thomas for lending us your priceless archive – we are almost done!

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Tapes Wanted

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


Like the BBC who recently had a Tape Amnesty we too are on the lookout for listener recordings. Be it Fanning sessions, Fanning interviews, BP Fallon Orchestras, Mark Cagney Nighttrains, Pat Kenny Record Cabinets we’d love to hear from you. Of particular interest are those lost bands that that the internet has no record of. A few of these acts can be already found within these pages but our work is not yet done. If you have tapes in the attic now might be a good time to dig them out, give them a listen, and even better convert them to a digital form and send us a copy so that we can share with like minded souls. The device shown above from ALDI is an inexpensive option for those who no longer have a tape deck to hand but if you still have one all you may need is a cable to connect your tape player to your computer where a free application like Audacity can record and convert to MP3. There are many articles that explain how to do this and we will gladly help in any way we can. Update: the ALDI device shown is PC only so Mac users steer clear