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Engine Alley to release lost third album ‘Showroom’

Posted in Music with tags on August 1, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Engine Alley - Showroom

Engine Alley have just announced the imminent release of a lost third album and an accompanying tour. Titled ‘Showroom’ the album consists of tracks written between first album ‘A Sonic Holiday’ (1992) and second album ‘Shot In the Light’ (1995) and was recorded in Sun Studios, Dublin. It includes the upcoming single ‘No Guitar’ and old favourites ‘Car on Fire’ and ‘Pictureshow’. The songs have languished in the vaults for over 20 years and are finally seeing the light of day thanks to Rollercoaster Records. Engine Alley called it a day in 1996 but since then have reconvened regularly to play live shows. The band are Canice Kenealy (vocals & guitar), Brian Kenealy (guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocals), Eamonn Byrne (bass) and Paul O’Byrne (drums).

Engine Alley play Sep 14th in the Workman’s Club, Dublin and Sep 15th in Cleere’s Kilkenny.

Although not on the album the following Engine Alley rarity was recorded in 1996 for a proposed Stars Of Heaven tribute album ‘South Of Heaven‘ which unfortunately never saw the light of day.

Three Kings Day (1994)



Engine Alley (1990 Demo, 2011 Interview and Upcoming Gig)

Posted in Music with tags on September 16, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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Engine Alley are Canice Kenealy (vocals), Brian Kenealy (guitar), Eamonn Byrne (bass) and Paul O’Byrne (drums). They play a (sold out) Kos Refugee Fundraiser this Saturday 19th September with Kerbdog and Kingston in Kilkenny’s Billy O Byrnes.

engine alley capel st

Beautiful (1990)

RTE Arena Interview & Session (2011)

Engine Alley (Feile 1993)

Posted in Fanning, live, radio with tags , , on August 17, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


On his Sunday show of the August bank holiday weekend Dave Couse got to reminiscing about Feile 1993. It struck me that this was of course 20 years ago and I got to wondering if I didnt have some recordings from RTE 2fm of the festival. The recordings I originally had in mind were actually from Cork Rocks in 1991 but I did uncover one recording from Feile in 1993..

Engine Alley (Feile 1993)

Engine Alley – Full Steam Ahead (Hot Press, 17th Oct 1991)

Posted in Hot Press, TV with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Barely two months after the release of their debut EP, Kilkenny’s finest Engine Alley achieved another milestone when Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press dedicated a full page to the band. As part of RTE’s TV50 celebrations the band’s entire TV career can now be viewed on YouTube.

Your Head (RTE Late Late Show 1991)

Engine Alley (In Concert)

Posted in Fanning, live with tags , on June 27, 2011 by Fanning Sessions


The recent posts featuring concerts that Dave Fanning broadcast on RTE Radio 2 back in the day have proved popular, so to continue the theme and because the band in question is performing a gig in Whelan’s on July 23rd, today is the turn of Engine Alley from Kilkenny. I am not sure when this was originally broadcast and I’ve had to do some manipulation on the audio so I hope it stands up quality wise.

Summertime Is Over
Happy Alley New Year
Lame Dog Lament
A Song For Someone
Your Head

Engine Alley In Concert

Engine Alley (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on March 9, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

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Today we have the first 2FM session by Engine Alley which they recorded for Dave Fanning in 1990. The band at the time were Canice Kenealy (lead vocals and second guitar), Brian Kenealy (lead guitar and backing vocals), Eamonn Byrne (bass) and Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (drums, vocals). More information at the Irish Music Central.

01. Mrs Winder

02. Josephine

03. Much Too Soon To Be Down

04. The Fridge Song

05. Bike

Engine Alley (1991 Flowerbox EP)

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , on July 24, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

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On Tuesday August 20th 1991 on the eve of the release of their debut EP Flowerbox on Mother Records Dave played three tracks on his show. Formed in Kilkenny by Canice Kenealy (vocals), Brian Kenealy (guitar) and Eamonn Byrne (bass) in 1989, Engine Alley soon moved to Dublin and were joined by Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (drums) and Ken Rice (violin). I think you’ll agree this is a pretty impressive debut. Watch them perform or an interview on The Den. And how is this for synchronicity..

Your Head (1991)

In A Different Kind Of Way (1991)

The Flowers (1991)