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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 documentary, 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. Directed & produced by Chris Wilson and 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. Rebroadcast on BBCFour on the eve of St Patrick’s Day 2018.

 

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)

Rare (Live – 2013)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 22, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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Derry is 2013 UK City of Culture and to celebrate we’re going to dig out a few unsung bands from that neck of the woods. Today’s featured act Rare were Mary Gallagher (vocals), Locky Morris (bass), Seán Ó’Néill (guitar) and David Whiteside (drums). Seán or John O’Neill was of course a former member of The Undertones and That Petrol Emotion. The band’s first release ‘Set Me On Fire’ appeared on Setanta Records and also featured Paul PJ McCartney of Bam Bam & The Calling. This particular recording is from a performance at the Derry Centre for Contemporary Art on 12th January 2013 and comes courtesy Jim Cunningham who has been documenting live music in Derry for the last 25 years.

Something Wild‘ (2013)

The Everlasting Yeah

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


The names Raymond Gorman, Ciaran McLaughlin, Brendan Kelly and Damian O’Neill might ring a bell but if not they represent four-fifths of an influential band that went under the name That Petrol Emotion. That band performed a flurry of gigs in 2009 but the fifth member of the band, singer Steve Mack who lives and works in the U.S. is presently coping with his latest gig as a father. Following a 3 song low key performance in March as The Hoodlum Angels the remaining four members are about to tread the boards once again. They have a new name – The Everlasting Yeah and have just been announced as one of the support acts at an upcoming gig by quintessential indie pop band The June Brides in London’s 229 venue on Friday 9th November. Also performing on the night and also needing no introduction will be C86 indie band The Wolfhounds. These three bands make a mouth watering prospect and I’m sure an excellent night awaits. Tickets available here. Update: The first gig was a big success and now a second gig has just been announced – Oxford on Sat 8 December details to follow.

Bam Bam and The Calling / Cuckoo – 14th July 2012 (Link Fest)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 27, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Two Derry bands of a classic vintage Bam Bam & The Calling and Cuckoo are performing on Saturday 14th July in Bound For Boston as part of Derry’s Link Fest along with a who’s who of the maiden city’s musicians.

Link Fest is a new festival taking place in the bars and venues of Waterloo street and beyond. Set up to showcase the talent within the city of Derry and to have a great weekend of top class local music, the festival will take place on the 13th and 14th of July.

Between Masons, The Castle, Bound for Boston, Gweedore and The Playhouse over 30 acts will perform. Confirmed bands include.. Little Bear, Libidoswitch, Grace and Mercy, Intermission, Cuckoo, Nucturn, The Lost, Wood Burning Savages, Making Monsters, Soak, Best Boy Grip, Our Krypton Son, Conor Mason, Connor Hutcheon, Seneron, Triggerman, Acari, John Deery and the Heads, By Any Means, Thumpin Jellyfish, Johanna Fegan, Mars Field, Shine May Sun, Hazard Harry, Jack Craig, James Quigley, Conor McAteer, Balls Deep, Lost Avenue, Wyldling, Rozza, Zia Regime, Exit Pursued by Bear, The Murder Balladeers, macroom, the reverb, lochenlode, MOTH, Levity Breaks, Erin Mitchell, Bam Bam and The Calling, Controlled Conflict, Dead ‘Til Friday, Nozone, Astralnaut, Apache, Balkan Alien Sound, Death to Johnny, Soilsiu, Denis McLaughlin, Ryan O’Doherty

Dave Fanning’s Rock Selection (1987)

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , on September 27, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

If you’ve been watching the twitter feed you’ll have heard us mention a site Brand New Retro which specializes in scans of old Irish magazines from the 80s. On that theme we have something you might like; Dave Fanning’s Rock Selection featuring R.E.M., Thee Amazing Colossal Men, Bam Bam & The Calling, Aidan Walsh and Blue In Heaven.