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Cork and The Arcadia (RTÉ TV Documentary 2017)

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , on January 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Mean Features (c) Ciarán Ó Tuama

On July 20th 2017 RTÉ One broadcast the documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ looking at the role the Cork music venue played in the career of a nascent U2. In typical ‘No Disco’ guerilla fashion however the 24 minute documentary managed to cover a whole lot more. Other acts to feature include Mean Features, Nun Attax, Microdisney, The Specials and UB40. Among the interviewees were driving force behind the Downtown Kampus, UCC Entertainments Officer Elvera Butler (Reekus Records), Giordaí Ua Laoghaire (Nun Attax/Microdisney/Nine Wassies From Bainne), Úna Ní Chanainn (Five Go Down to the Sea?/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Liam Heffernan  (Mean Features) and Ciarán Ó Tuama (Cypress, Mine). For further background check out Colm O’Callaghan’s excellent essay for The Blackpool Sentinel subsequently reposted by RTE as ‘U2’s Arcadian Dream – how one Cork music venue changed music forever‘.

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? 🙂

Elvera Butler Interview / Shellshock Rock UCC Downtown Campus (30/6/1979)

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

The following is the poster for the screening of Shellshock Rock at the U.C.C. Downtown Campus on June 30th 1979 which also featured live performances from two of the bands featured in the documentary Rudi and The Outcasts. The photo was kindly sent in by John Dundon from Limerick who commented on that Outcasts session post.

That gig was promoted by Elvera Butler, the founder and mastermind behind Reekus Records currently celebrating their 30 year anniversary. Elvera was recently interviewed by @nessymon aka Vanessa Monaghan for her Culture Cafe show on RTE 2fm/2XM. Here is an excerpt from that interview where Elvera talks of the label’s origins.

ELvera Butler (Reekus Records)