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Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly public discussion Culture Night 2016

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on January 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Radio On was a public discussion event held at Gulpd Café, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork on Aug 24th 2016. The event was based around the radio documentary ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ produced by Paul McDermott and first broadcast on UCC98.3FM. That documentary centres on Cork singer Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. Radio On featured Paul McDermott as MC for the evening, in conversation with Ricky Dineen (Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea?, Beethoven), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Rob McKahey (Stump).

The event took place during Heritage Week and was sponsored by The Heritage Council, with support from the Cork Folklore Project and UCC98.3FM. The programme was produced by Conor O’Toole with sound supervision by Kieran Hurley at UCC98.3FM.

Shown on the night and discussed in the podcast are the photos of Ciaran O’Tuama (Cypress,Mine!) and Pat Galvin. Many of Pat’s photos featured in the TG4 documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ which provided a fascinating profile of The Arcadia. Ciaran apparently has a huge archive of photos many of which have not yet been developed – we hope that will soon be rectified!



Microdisney radio documentary (2017)

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Just in – Microdisney have announced a a one-off exclusive performance of their seminal album, The Clock Comes Down The Stairs at the National Concert Hall Dublin on 2nd June 2018, tickets on sale Wednesday 29th November at 10am.

iron fist in velvet glove microdisney.jpgPaul McDermott is no stranger round these parts and we’ve been looking forward to the fruits of his latest endeavours since round about when we first heard it was in the works. Paul is a lecturer in media studies and journalism and also has a weekly radio show on DublinCityFM. He previously produced documentaries on Stump! and Finbarr Donnelly and this time out he has turned his attention towards another band from those parts Microdisney.  Produced for UCC 98.3FM with assistance of funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, ‘Iron Fist In Velvet Glove: The Story of Microdisney’ features interviews with Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan, bandmates Tom Fenner, Jon Fell, Giordai UaLaoighre and Dave Galvin. Also featured are fellow musicians Mick Lynch (Stump!), Mark Healy and Ciarán O Tuama (Cypress! Mine), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Stan Erraught (The Stars of Heaven). Paul also speaks to Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade founder), Andrew Mueller (journalist and writer), Elvera Butler (Downtown Kampus and Reekus Records), Gareth Ryan (Kabuki Records and Rough Trade Distribution) and Richard Boon (Production Manager, Rough Trade Records). It’s a fascinating hour of radio which we enjoyed a lot and look forward to listening again. What’s next Paul? 🙂

Cypress, Mine! – Golden Gate One

Posted in Music with tags on May 2, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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It’s been 3 years since our last Cypress, Mine! post so we’ll make use of the bank holiday to rectify that now. From Cork, Cypress Mine! were Ciaran O’Tuama (vocals), Ian Olney (guitar), Denis O’Mullane (bass) and Mark Healy (drums). This track was recorded from the Dave Fanning show and apart from the title that’s all we know .

Golden Gate One

According to some knowledgeable folk at the The Blackpool Sentinel there is a unreleased Cypress, Mine! album knocking about, if the following track is anything to go by that’s a crying shame.. Update: Comment from Jim below suggests that a vinyl reissue on Captured Tracks is due later this year!

Cypress, Mine! (1986 Session)

Posted in Music, radio, session with tags , on August 31, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


From Cork, Cypress Mine! were Ciaran O’Tuama (vocals), Ian Olney (guitar), Denis O’Mullane (bass) and Mark Healy (drums). They last featured here a mere 4 years ago and now finally we have uncovered the elusive Fanning session. Thank you to the owner of this tape whose shoebox of cassettes means activity around these parts is about to pick up. This session was recorded on 21st April 1986.

I remember that session in RTE for a few reasons. One was they had to change a plug and had to send for an electrician as no-one else was allowed do it. We also had our own engineer with us and they wouldn’t let him touch any of the gear. We needed reverb in the studio we were in and they had to ring someone and have the reverb re-routed from one of the other studios to the one we were in. I still have no idea how they did that. Top that off with “you can’t have a copy of what you just recorded …” and you have a memorable day right there 🙂

Mark Healy

The Wait (1986)

Jeffrey St Ledger (1986)

Niall O’Flaherty’s Porsche (1986)