Archive for hip-hop

Hip-Hop: From Cork to New York

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , on December 26, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


Inspired by a recent cassette find, we’ve been doing some research into the early days of Irish hip-hop. We came across this 3 hour documentary which is a cool document of the Cork hip-hop scene and figured it deserved a mention. Produced by Kieran Hurley and edited by Don O’Mahony for UCC 98.3FM with the support of the BAI, it features contributions from shane mccurtain, donkeyman, edwin james, chris gahan, the exile eye, shane johnson, dj hazo, stevie g, gina johnson, harvey graham, paul murphy, james mcgrath, buster c, andrew mcdonagh, lulu hackett, the assassin, GMC, mickey gatch and brossie.

Damien Dempsey (1996 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on February 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


On Sunday Dave Fanning looked at Irish Hip Hop with guests Mango and Mathman. The piece featured a clip from the 1993 Scary Eire session but it was talk of another session that got us scrambling in the attic. Four years before the release of his debut album Damien Dempsey recorded a session and by all accounts it was a game changer.

Damien Dempsey (electric guitar & vocals), Keith Beggs (acoustic guitar), Jim Lockhart produced and Phil Cooke engineered.

Chillin (1996)


Scary Eire (1993 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session, TV with tags , , , on February 22, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


We’ve been on the lookout for this session for a while but watching the fallout from RTE TV’s ‘Ireland’s Rappers‘ was the spur to look again, a comment on the Irish Times ‘On The Record’ blog by Stevie Grainger rang true:

“I’ll never forget the buzz i got listening to the “Truncheon Song” by Scary Eire on the Dave Fanning show in the early 90s”

One more search and there it was. The audio quality is not the best but we think you’ll get the picture. If anyone has the remaining two session tracks or indeed a higher quality version please get in touch.

Formed in 1990 Scary Eire were a pioneering Irish hip hop outfit featuring Dada Sloosh, DJ Mek, Mr Browne and RiRa. In 2007 they released a compilation ‘The Scary Era’.

More reading: ‘Beats, Bodhráns and Bloody Mayhem – the story of Scary Éire‘ []

Truncheon Song (1993)

On March 19th Dan Hegarty played two tracks from the 1993 Fanning session which he said was not easy to track down. Unfortunately we were not prepared so had to listen back to the show on the RTE player and only caught one track. Thankfully Ian Wilson has announced that Dan will rebroadcast the entire session on Easter Monday so tune in or check back here after that date.

Hold Yer Whisht (1993)