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The Little Fish

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , on October 2, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

little fish 2tv

From Galway, The Little Fish were Jimmy Fitzgerald (vocals & guitar), Brendan Duffy (guitar), Turlough Moore (bass) and Kieran Joyce (drums). This track featured on the Nationwide 3 compilation and was later released as a single.

Patsy Child (1989)

The Frank and Walters – Paul McLoone’s Green Room Session

Posted in live, Music, session with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

The Frank And Walters featured on tonight‘s Paul McLoone show on TodayFM recorded live in The Green Room. They can be seen in Crosshaven on 14th July, Ballinhassig on 16th July and Skibbereen at Cork X Southwest on 31st July, full details here.

The Parson (2010)

Colours (2010)

Tony Cochrane (2010)

Dot Dot Dot

Posted in Fanning, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on May 10, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Or should that be . . .? From a cassette called ‘Why Go Bald’ a band who Dave says ‘always send in such interesting tapes’. If you know more about this band I would love to hear from you.

Obsession (1989)

The Frank and Walters (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , , on March 31, 2010 by Fanning Sessions


The Frank and Walters were formed in 1990 by Paul Linehan (vocals/bass), his brother Niall Linehan (guitar) (replaced by Kevin Pedreschi in 2004) and Ashley Keating (drums). The band’s name honoured two eccentric Cork characters of the day. This session was recorded for the Dave Fanning show in March 1991. The Frank and Walters signed to Setanta Records in 1991 and released two EPs the aptly titled ‘EP1’ followed by ‘EP2’. Ashley Keating presents ‘Green on Red‘ a weekly show on Sunday from 7-10pm on Cork’s RedFM dedicated to “the best of irish music” . Thank you to the folks over at the F&W Forum who had the three missing session tracks.

Walters Trip (1991)

Michael (1991)

Laurence Olivier (1991)

Never Ending Staircase (1991)

The Would Be’s (1990)

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

The Would-Be's circa 1990's

From Kingscourt in Co. Cavan, The Would Be’s were formed in 1989 by the Finnegan brothers from ashes of The Nobody’s. The Would Be’s were Julie McDonnell (vocals), Mattie Finnegan (guitar), Paul Finnegan (guitar), Eamonn Finnegan (bass), Pascal Smith (drums), Aidine O’Reilly (trombone/sax/violin ). They released a self financed single ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ in 1990 on Danceline Records which was championed by John Peel for whom they recorded a session in February that same year. The single made it to number 12 in that year’s Festive Fifty. Julie McDonnell later left and was replaced by Eileen Gogan. The band broke up in 1992 but reformed for some gigs in 2000 with Karen Cunningham on vocals duties. Check out their entry in the Dublin Opinion ‘Great Irish Bands’ series.

I’m Hardly Ever Wrong (1990)

Stitched-Back Foot Airman

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , on November 11, 2009 by Fanning Sessions


So far on this blog I’ve stuck to Irish acts but I came across this on my trawls through the Fanning cassettes and figured it was sufficiently good and suitably obscure that it warranted inclusion. It’s a track that was Dave’s favourite single of 1988 (along with U2’s ‘Desire’) and to my ears is a slice of pop brilliance which still sounds perfectly fresh. I have to wager that their unusual name (inspired by a newspaper headline relating to a small plane pilot who’d crashed and had to have is his foot re-attached) didn’t help their career trajectory but thanks to the wonders of the internet I’ve been able to dig out a few details.

Stitched-Back Foot Airman started life in Southampton in the early eighties as a side project of Simon Vincent with his younger brother Robin Vincent, Mike Farmer and film maker/visual artist Crimp Beringer. Around 1984 the band decamped to London releasing several records on their own ‘Very Mouth’ label including a single ‘Wouldn’t You Like to Know’, a 12” single ‘Costa Del Sol’ and a mini album ‘Seven Egg Timing Greats’. I suspect Simon has uploaded some early videos here.

Costa Del Sol (1988)

Tie The Boy (1986 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , , on October 30, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

tie the boy

Dave says they are from Belfast but Myspace says Tie The Boy hailed from Derry. We’ve already featured what turned out to be their second session but this is their first visit to studio 8. Recorded on December 1st 1986 the session featured 4 tracks, ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘My Pleasure’, ‘More Than Love’ and ‘Kerry Babies’.

More Than Love (1986)

Blame It On Me (1986)

Kerry Babies (1986)

My Pleasure (1986)

Tie The Boy (1988 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , on September 29, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

tie the boyTie The Boy were formed in 1982 in Derry by Kevin Williams (vocals), Peter Cunnah (guitar), Gerry Diver (bass), Tim Hegarty (drums). They self released a single in 1986 ‘Limbo’ / ‘Voyeur Love’ on Money Records which received airplay on BBC Radio 1. They recorded two sessions for Dave Fanning in the late 80s and one for BBC’s Janice Long. Peter Cunnah went on to significant success with D:REAM performing music very different from the tracks you are about to hear. I believe these tracks are from a 1988 Fanning session.. I also have tracks from a later session so will post those soon (here). There’s a 2006 Hot Press interview with Peter Cunnah about his post D:REAM project Shane here.

Voyeur Love (1988)

Gorgeous Creature (1988)

Mr Universe (1988)

The Classics (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags , on September 17, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

the classics

This guitar pop band from Dublin featured Wolverhampton native Nigel Williams (vocals, bass) aided and abetted by Scottish lass Maureen Kelly (guitar). Their manager was Robbie Jones, all information thanks to The Irish Punk And New Wave Discography who have The Classics filed under Incomplete Entries. I believe this track is from 1985 but it could have been 1986.

I Will Find Her (Demo)

Hey Paulette

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by Fanning Sessions


Hey Paulette were formed in Dublin in 1987 by Eamonn Davis (guitar & vocals), Derrick Dalton (guitar) and Colm Fitzpatrick (bass). Recorded in 1988, the first single “Commonplace” was recorded with a drum machine and so impressed John Peel that he invited them to record a session which they duly did in 1989. Peel thought the session was “peachy”. Darren Nolan joined on drums “for a while” but then stayed till the bitter end. They were soon begged to do a Fanning Session. Stan Erraught of The Stars Of Heaven produced their ep “I Really Do Love Penelope” and enjoyed it so much that he joined the band. They split in 1991, Derrick Dalton went on to play bass with The Mexican Pets, Eamonn Davis, Colm Fitzpatrick formed The Sewing Room with Stan. Sadly Derrick passed away recently, nice tribute here, was in a band called crumb with Eamonn and they have a great bio of how it was back in the day. Must try and track down the 2006 release Long Ball Into Nowhere on Firestation Records. Watch them in action here and just came across this interesting piece on the Firestation blog.


Updated July 23 2009