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90s Derry Special – Electric Mainline

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Some of our favourite bands come from Derry so when we heard that Radio Foyle’s Stephen McCauley was doing an ‘Electric Mainline’ special looking at some of the best alternative acts to come out of that neck of the woods in the 1990s we scrambled for a blank cassette to capture the occasion. As you might imagine the music is interspersed with some insightful details by Stephen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did. The show featured tracks  from That Petrol Emotion, The Carrellines, The Turtle Assassins, Cuckoo, Schtum (pictured), LUKiC, Gradapenda Rosindale, Clearshot, The Screaming Bin Lids, The New Capris, DJ-VU, Rare and The Deadly Engines.  As usual if you have any sessions/interviews (Fanning or other) by any of these bands please get in touch. And if any other DJs feel like doing something similar for your city of choice we’d love to hear about it!

Ben E. King – Mickey Bradley Interview (1986)

Posted in interview, Music with tags , , , on May 6, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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Sadly Ben E. King recently passed away at the age of 76. To commemorate Ben here’s an interview he did with Mickey Bradley back in 1986 when the soul legend visited Derry.

Ben E King – Mickey Bradley Interview (1986)

Stuart Adamson – Mickey Bradley Interview (1986)

Posted in interview, Mickey's Monkey, Music, radio with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

In 1986 Big Country toured Ireland stopping off in Derry’s Templemore Sports Complex on the way. Stuart Adamson took time out from the sound check on December 2nd 1986 to speak to Mickey Bradley for his Radio Foyle show Mickey’s Monkey. Stuart Adamson sadly passed away in 2001.

Big Country

Stuart Adamson – Mickey Bradley Interview (1986)

Bam Bam & The Calling (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 10, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

bam bam & the calling in the venue derry

Bam Bam & The Calling are a 4 piece from Derry featuring the talents of Paul PJ McCartney (guitar, vocals), Tom Doherty (drums), John McCloskey (guitar) and Joe Brown (bass). They recorded this Fanning session on Jan 19th 1987. The band is still known to perform every couple of years and Joe Brown is currently active with veritable Derry supergroup The Gatefolds. To these ears at least the never before heard ‘Road Of The Lonely’ is a lost classic. Enjoy.

Road Of The Lonely (1987)

Only Sing (1987)

Scraping Off The Shine (1987)

Secret Meeting (1987)

Bam Bam & The Calling will play ‘A Night For Sean’ on Friday 20th September 2013 upstairs in The Gweedore Bar, Derry..

In early July the Semple family lost a dear loved one and a true gentleman, Sean and a lot of folk in Derry and further afield lost a great friend. . We’re honoured to be asked to play at this night in his memory. .Please come along and share it with us.

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Re-energize by Gary Mitchell (music composed by John and Damian O’Neill of The Undertones)

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 15, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

ReEnergize

Written by one of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights Gary Mitchell, ‘Re-energize’ is set thirty years after ‘Punk-tastic’ success of ‘Energy’, where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

Now with music composed by John and Damian O’Neill of The Undertones, and under the direction of the highly esteemed Conall Morrison, the band members re-unite to do one last gig to prove to themselves, each other, their annoying teenage children that they could have been somebody…

Derry is currently UK City Of Culture 2013 and The Playhouse is presenting Re-energize a play written by Gary Mitchell and directed by Conall Morrison. The show runs from Monday 13th May until Saturday 18th May at 8pm. Paul McCartney, himself a veteran of the punk era (Graffiti, Bam Bam & The Calling) reviewed the play for Radio Foyle show Pure Culture and as he says get down the street and see it!

Pure Culture review by Paul PJ McCartney (15th May 2013)

Here Comes The Summer: A BBC Four Undertones documentary

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , on April 5, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

I finally got round to watching the recent BBC4 documentary ‘Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story‘ and a very enjoyable experience it was. Narrated by actor James Nesbitt it features interviews with all band members bar Feargal Sharkey. Of particular interest were the interviews with friends and family members including the Kevin of ‘My Perfect Cousin’ fame. I found it enlightening and poignant and a worthy addition to the Undertones canon. Music agent Paul Charles makes an appearance, testifying to the power of the band’s live show. The complete doc is on YouTube albeit unfortunately with an incorrect aspect ratio..

The Carrellines

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 31, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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The Carrellines
recorded a 5 track Fanning session in 1988 which is, surprise surprise, lost in the RTE archive. Today’s post instead features the band’s 1990 single on Car Records. Featuring Paul McLoone (vocals & guitar), Aidan Breslin (guitar, keyboards), Damien Duffy (bass, keyboards) and Billy Doherty (drums) the Derry band formed in 1986 and disbanded soon after winning the Carling/Hot Press Band Of The Year in 1990. Billy Doherty was a member of Derry’s most famous sons The Undertones whose ranks Paul McLoone was to join in 1999 when that band reformed initially for a one off gig. As anyone who has seen the most recent incarnation of The Undertones will testify the man does an impressive job of filling Fergal Sharkey’s shoes. McLoone is probably most well known however in his guise as TodayFM alternative radio show host Monday-Thursday 9pm – midnight.

Credence‘ (1990)

Bridesmaids Never Brides‘ (1990)