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The Little Fish (1989 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on July 15, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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From Galway, The Little Fish were Jimmy Fitzgerald (vocals & guitar), Brendan Duffy (guitar), Turlough Moore (bass) and Kieran Joyce (drums). On 14th November 1989 they recorded a 4 track session for Dave Fanning featuring ‘All about Eddy’, ‘Connemara Girl’, ‘Garden Gate’ and ‘Piece of your courage’. Fans of the band will be interested to hear that Jimmy and Turlough will be appearing at the Galway Hearts festival on July 27th:

A festival highlight will be a celebration of Galway band The Little Fish on Thursday 27th at 7pm. ‘The Story of…The Little Fish’ will see Jimmy Fitzgerald and Turlough Moore perform songs like ‘Patsy Child’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘It’s Waiting That I Hate’, and ‘Long Grass’ and reminisce about the band (admission €6).

Galway Advertiser (13/7/2017)

Connemara Girl (1989)

All About Eddy (1989)


All Cats Are Gray (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 9, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

all cats are gray From Tuam, Co. Galway, All Cats Are Gray were brothers Kevin (guitar, lead vocals) and Mousey McHugh (bass, vocals),  Declan Connolly (keyboards), Jimmy Mullins (guitar) and Red McGrath (drums). Mousey,  Alan Flynn and Leo Moran later went on to form Too Much For The Whiteman. These two tracks are from a 1985 demo which also featured ‘The Elphin’. Too Much For The Whiteman are reforming for a one off show at the upcoming Sugarbeet Festival in Tuam Stadium on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

acag Brigitte Bardot (1985)

The Bed Is Rough (1985)

GUAVA (2000 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on March 26, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Galway, GUAVA were active from 1997 until 2000. The band featured Dave Garol (vocals, guitar, electronics), Maria Shiel (vocals, guitar, bodhran), Joe Keane (bass), Mark Dempsey (guitar) and Ryan Lacey (drums). They recorded this session for Dave Fanning in 2000.

Funk #1 Instrumental / Modification / Slow Down / See Down Here (2000)

The Swinging Swine (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 24, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


The very first artist to feature on this site was Galway band The Swinging Swine. The lineup that recorded today’s session were (I hope) Joanne Loughman (vocals), Eamonn Dowd (guitar, vocals), Doug Steen (lead guitar), Hugh O’Carroll (fiddle), John Lalor (bass) and Billy Geraghty (drums). The session was recorded on 16th March 1988. Eamonn Dowd plays O’Keefe’s, Clonmel 21st Feb and Tom Steele’s, Ennis 22nd Feb 2014. Joanne Loughman featured on a track on David Long‘s solo album last year.

I Won’t Be Home Tonight (1988)

All You Need Is Love (1988)

This Wicked World / Everything Will Shine (1988)

Toasted Heretic (Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , , on November 29, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

From Galway Toasted Heretic were Declan Collins (guitars), Neil Farrell (programming, keyboards & backing vocals) and Julian Gough (vocals). Other members Breffni O’Rourke & Aonghus McMahon “couldnt afford the train fare”. Engineer was Paddy McBreen, Ian Wilson produced.

Another Day Another Riot

Satellite Dishes

Don’t Scuff My Tan

Galway and Los Angeles

The Stunning – Sockin 1,2,3,4

Posted in Music with tags , on November 10, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

This is a strictly unofficial and unsanctioned mix of a live favourite by The Stunning. The track is a cover of northern soul tune ‘Sockin 1,2,3,4’ by John Roberts. Steve Wall takes up the story:

Early Stunning gigs were like a potted history in the development of popular music. We never thought much about what direction the band should take. We just played whatever we thought was good, as long as it wasn’t too well known. We skipped from blues to country, from soul to guitar tunes, from jazzy to funky. Songs like “Sockin’ 1234″ and “Tighten Up” were rare soul cuts that we adapted for ourselves. Ben E.King’s “Supernatural Thing” was a certified floor-filler. Only the real music heads recognised Captain Beefheart’s “Zig Zag Wanderer”.

More Stunning facts here.

Sockin’ 1,2,3,4‘ (1987)

Transmission on Galway’s Rascal Radio

Posted in radio with tags on August 9, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Here’s another radio show you might enjoy. Presented by PJ Fallon on Galway station Rascal Radio, ‘Transmission’ is an alternative music show on Friday from 8-10pm. On 18th March 2011 PJ did an Irish special and a pretty fine specimen it is too. If you like what you hear there are some more shows archived here.

The Would Be’s – I’m Hardly Ever Wrong
The Blades – Bride Wore White, the
The Fountainhead – Rhythm Method
The Slowest Clock – Carnival
My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise
Cane 141 – The Hot Is Too Hot
The Jimmy Cake – Nuberu
Wilt – Radio Disco
This Is This – Emily
The Radiators From Space – Television Screen [Single Version]
The Outcasts – Magnum Force
Therapy? – With Or Without You
Atrix – Treasure On The Wasteland
Whipping Boy – I Think I Miss You
The Fat Lady Sings – Fear and Favour
Duke Special – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Big Self – Ghostshirts
A House – Freak Out
Mama’s Boys – Needle In The Groove (single)
Guernica – Orange And Red
Auto Da Fe – November November
Ruefrex – Capital Letters
Microdisney – Pink Skinned Man
Chimera – Cyan Daze
Rollerskate Skinny – Complacency
Harvest Ministers – If It Kills Me And It Will
That Petrol Emotion – Keen
Some Kind Of Wonderful – D’you read my letter
Stars Of Heaven – Clothes Of Pride
Therapy? – Teenage Kicks

Transmission Irish Special 18-3-11