In 1986 the Hothouse Flowers were Liam Ó Maonlaí (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Fiachna Ó Braonáin (vocals, guitar), Peter O’Toole (bass, bouzouki, mandolin & vocals), Leo Barnes (saxophone), Maria Doyle (vocals) and Jerry Fehily or possibly John Paul Tansey (drums). The band are currently recording in Windmill Lane studios and have a UK tour lined up. Fiachna is presenting the John Creedon Show on RTÉ Radio 1 for 3 weeks nightly at 8pm.
Today the Hothouse Flowers explain how to vote in the Fanning Fab 50 or at least how you should have done so back in 1987. As a bonus there is a studio busking version of B side ‘Mountains’. The Hothouse Flowers play Whelan’s on 30th December, their first Dublin date in two years. And by the way voting is open for this year’s Fab50 – more details on the RTE 2fm website. Fiachna Ó Braonáin has of course been busy hosting radio shows on RTE1 and the ‘Poetic Champions Compose‘ series on TodayFM.
Our last post featured Maria McKee and it’s apt that today’s post features another Maria – Maria Doyle, now known as Maria Doyle Kennedy. Maria is now a successful actress with appearances in The Commitments and The Tudors and as announced last week soon to feature in Dexter. The reason it is apt is because yours truly in some freudian slip managed to confuse the two Maria’s in an earlier Hothouse Flowers post leading to some excitement in certain quarters that I had unearthed a bona fide rarity! I don’t know the details of today’s Hothouse Flowers track but some investigative work suggests that it was broadcast on The Fanning Show in March/April 1987. I have also posted the jingle for an upcoming appearance of the band on the BP Fallon Orchestra which Dave played immediately afterwards. Dave says the track was on tape so it could be a session but it could also be the version used for the Mother Records single…
Came across another track from the Hothouse Flowers, confirmed the title and then looked at the discography and see a few matches. I’ll post the track and maybe the Hothouse Flowers experts out there might care to update with the full details. I’m guessing it’s a 1988 B side from the ‘Feet on the Ground’ single.
Hearing the Hothouse Flowers on Ian Dempsey’s TodayFM breakfast show yesterday with Ian reminiscing about the Mother Records releases got me wondering if I had any early Hothouse Flowers tracks on tape. The best I came up with was this acoustic version of ‘Don’t Go’ that Dave played in his 1987 review of Irish music. I thought I had an early recording of ‘Love Don’t Work This Way’ with Maria Doyle so if I find it I’ll post that too. I’ll spare you a full band bio as they should be sufficiently well known, formed in 1985 by Liam Ó Maonlaí, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Peter O’Toole and much feted by Hot Press they released their first single ‘Love Don’t Work This Way’ in May 1987 on Mother Records.
Don’t Go (acoustic) (1987)
Welcome to readers from the Hothouse Flowers Forum. I am not Dave Fanning despite my pinching his photo. Apologies for the false alarm with Maria McKee! TodayFM have kindly uploaded footage of the Hothouse Flowers visit to their blog or you can watch it here:
Maria Doyle also featured in further Mother Records releases with husband Kieran Kennedy in The Black Velvet Band.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.