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Scheer (1993 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 3, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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From Maghera and Magherafelt in County Derry, Scheer were Audrey Gallagher (vocals), Neal Calderwood (lead guitar), Paddy Leyden (rhythm guitar), PJ Doherty and later Peter Fleming (bass) and Joe Bates (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 1993. The band released two albums, Infliction (1996) on 4AD and ‘… And Finally’ (2000) on Schism Records. Thanks to Eoin Fegan for digging out the recording.

Nemesis (1993)
Shine (1993)
Wish You Were Dead (1993)

Music Love Drugs War – Geraldine Quigley

Posted in Books, Music with tags , on January 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but ever since we saw Geraldine Quigley‘s debut novel we been hooked. Geraldine spoke to Sean Rocks for RTÉ Arena last week to shed some light on the book and how it came to be. Set in 1981 it’s a coming of age tale where the young protagonists do their best to ignore the Troubles and do what teenagers do best – listen to music and go to the pub. Those of you with access to Spotify might also enjoy Geraldine’s accompanying playlist .

RTÉ Arena Interview (2018)

Cast Of Thousands (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 18, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

cast of thousandsAccording to IrishRock.org, Cast Of Thousands were formed in Derry by Charlie Herron (guitar), Mickey Herron (bass) and Brian McMonagle (drums) with Jim Walker (guitar) and Dave Harvey (vocals). Jim and Dave moved to London and with Greg Terry Short (drums) became a 3 piece. They released 3 singles and 1 album. This is a demo of a track later to appear on the album ‘Passion‘. They recorded one session for Janice Long and Jim has posted a number of unreleased demos on YouTube. If any of these details are incorrect please get in touch.

Colour Fields (1985)

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.

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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

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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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