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Dave Fanning’s Irish Show (March 1983)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2019 by Fanning Sessions


Today we have a treat, a 45 minute recording of the Dave Fanning show from March 1983 courtesy the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Dave announces he is playing Irish tracks only and plays a number of sessions and even a demo we’d never previously heard from Blue In Heaven. There is one track we haven’t been able to identify so if you know your 80s Irish rock then please put us out of our misery. Updating year from 1984 to 1983 based on Evan’s comment.

u2 – surrender
max – song number 6 (session)
undertones – you’re welcome (live)
the outcasts (1981 session)
auto da fe – bad experience
some kind of wonderful – do you read my letter
pop mecanics – round & round (1984 session)
blue in heaven – say (demo)
blades – revelations of heartbreak
cuba dares (session)
microdisney – hello rascals
gerry cott? – ballad of the lone ranger

Cuba Dares (1984 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on May 23, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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We noticed an incoming link recently from a Cloudberry Records blog piece on Scale The Heights. Interest piqued we did a search on the site for mentions of other Irish bands and came across a couple of names that we have not yet featured. This inspired some renewed crate digging and this post is the first fruits of that labour. We recommend you read the original article and the very interesting comments.

Formed by Blaithín Clance and Ronan Stokes in 1982, Cuba Dares recorded two Fanning sessions – the first on 11/10/1982 featured ‘Dirty Back Road’, ‘Cuba Dares’, ‘Zig Zags’ and ‘Want’. The second session recorded on 03/09/1984 featured ‘Over Forever’, ‘My Endeavour With Leather’, ‘Shaved Inside Your Head’ and ‘Ghost of Enchantment’. The full band lineup was Blathain Clancy (vocals), Ronan Stokes (guitar), Rory Stokes (guitar/keyboards), Chris McKenna (bass) and John McGrath (drums). They released an EP in 1986 ‘One Nine Eight Six’ which featured ‘Yellow and Red’, Sweet Ephemeral’ and ‘Lost Without A Trace’ check out the band’s Myspace page to listen. Another track ‘Wrapped Up’ was apparently used on a regular basis as the outro for “Ireland’s most popular radio rock show” so we’d love to track that down.

My Endeavour With Leather (1984)

Shaved Inside Your Head (1984)