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Deirdre O Callaghan – The Drum Thing

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 29, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Originally from Cork, photographer Deirdre O Callaghan has just published ‘The Drum Thing’ featuring portraits and interviews with almost 100 famous drummers. Earlier this week she spoke to Tom Dunne and this morning she was interviewed in studio by Dave Fanning. A member of the original team at ‘Dazed & Confused’ magazine, Deirdre has managed to carve out a successful career uniting her passions for music and photography. Past projects include ‘Hide That Can‘ a four year project photographing the men of the Camden hostel Arlington House many of whom are Irish who emigrated in the 50’s and 60’s.

Dave Fanning interview

Tom Dunne interview


Flex & The Fastweather – Little Pieces

Posted in Music with tags , on April 14, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

flex & fastweather

Sad news from Cork in the last couple of days, Mandy Murphy singer with Flex & The Fastweather has passed away. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

.”I will never forget those occasions when we sang together….her beautiful haunting voice” Christy Moore

Flex & The Fastweather – Little Pieces (1986)

The Skips (1989 Session – Part 2)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 22, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


We’re on a bit of a Derrick Dalton thing at the minute thanks to Ken Sweeney & Tom Dunne’s Irish jangle show (Crumb session in the works).  The Skips were Amanda Claxton (vocals), Derrick Dalton (guitar), Pete Corrigan (bass) and Darren Nolan (drums). This is the remainder of their 1989 Fanning session we posted the first half of here. Thanks to Paul for digging this out.

Scream From Within (1989)

Forever Free (1989)


Darren & Amanda are currently busy with The Little Beauties and have just released an album ‘A Rude Awakening’.

Eileen Gogan & The Instructions

Posted in Music with tags , on March 20, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

eileen gogan

Eileen Gogan is no stranger round these parts.. she has in the past sung with some of our favourite bands – The Would Be’s, The Revenants and The Drays. Now Eileen has released her first album of self penned material ‘The Spirit of Oberlin’. Next Thursday sees the official launch in The Grand Social. Admission is €10 and includes a free copy of the album. Not to be missed!

A heady blend of The Byrds and Teenage Fanclub with hints of Blue Oyster Cult
Colm O’Hare (Hot Press)

Kaydee (1997 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 13, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


From Kilkenny, Kaydee were Jan Kiely (vocals), Kevin Bruce (guitar), Mark McCorry (bass) and Joey Shore (drums). Recorded in June 1997 the 2FM Fanning session tracks were ‘Once’, ‘All I Ever Wanted’, ‘Seven Days’and ‘Falling Down’. Soon after this session founder member Jan Kiely left to be replaced by Tara Egan-Langley (aka Tara Blaise) formerly of Wilde Oscars. Original member Bob Murphy (bass) had left earlier in 1997.

Seven Days (1997)

The Chapter House (1986 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on October 3, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


From Cork, The Chapter House were Anne Redmond (vocals), Paul Moore (drums) and Skully (keyboards). Anne Redmond was previously a member of Porcelyn Tears while Skully was in Real Mayonnaize. Jerry Buckley (bass) also from Real Mayonnaize guested on ‘Horizontal Nightmare’. The band were winners of the RTE 2fm Hot Press Band of 1986. They recorded one Fanning session, produced by Jim Lockhart part of which was released as the single ‘Scorch Avenue’. Skully later formed Metisse who also recorded an as yet unlocated Fanning session of their own.

Beside You (1986)

Horizontal Nightmare (1986)

Perfect Crime (1986)

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute (2000)

Posted in Fanning, radio with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by Fanning Sessions


When we first heard about this particular tape we thought it was a recording of an Uaneen show but it turned out to be 45 minutes of a Dave Fanning tribute to Uaneen broadcast a month after her tragic death. It makes for sad listening but is also very touching and so we have decided to share. We hope her friends and family do not mind us sharing, please let us know if this is not the case. If anyone has a nice recording of an Uaneen show we’d love to share that also. Uaneen of course needs no introduction, she was the face of ‘No Disco‘ post Donal Dineen and host to her own RTE 2FM show in the slot after Dave Fanning. ‘No Disco’ also paid tribute with a special show compiling many of her interviews.

Uaneen Fitzsimons Tribute on Dave Fanning Show (2000)