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The Radiators Plan 9 on The Mystery Train with John Kelly (2004)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 25, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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The Radiators From Space need no introduction. In 2004 the seminal Irish punk outfit reconvened with 2 new members for an appearance at Oxegen under the name Radiators Plan 9. A day earlier on 9th July 2004 they recorded 3 tracks live in Studio 8 and an interview for John Kelly’s Mystery Train then on RTE Radio 1. This interview and session was later broadcast with an additional track recorded at Oxegen. The Radiators Plan 9 were Philip Chevron (vocals, guitar, bass), Pete Holidai (vocals, guitar), Steve Rapid (vocals, tambourine), Cait O’Riordan (vocals, bass)and Johnny Bonnie (vocals, drums). The 40th anniversary edition of ‘Ghostown’ is due for release in July 2019. Thank you John and Martin Foyle for the cassette. The latest incarnation of the Radiators is The Trouble Pilgrims.

Great Western Squares (Eclectic Ballroom 1998)

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


Reading of The Stars Are Underground 2016 gig in the Grand Social Dublin on December 29th reminded yours truly of a John Kelly ‘Eclectic Ballroom’ show in 1998 where Gary and Oona of The Great Western Squares dropped in to the TodayFM studio for a chat and to play a few records.

From Dublin, The Great Western Squares were Gary Fitzpatrick (vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, melodica, harmonica), Oona White (vocals, jews harp, melodica), Gary O’Growney (mandolin, bass), Stan Erraught (electric, lead and slide guitars, lap dulcimer), Tim Rogers (fiddle, mandolin), Alan Murphy (drums) and Pat McGauley (bass).

..formed during the summer of 1996 – originally a one-off, impromptu project assembled by Gary Fitzpatrick (formerly of the noise band Pincher Martin) to play a “Johnny Cash Appreciation Society” showcase in Dublin, Ireland, the group’s debut performance went over so well that it soon became an ongoing concern. By October, the Squares were playing on a weekly basis, covering classics by everyone from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons to Jimmy Webb, and in early 1997 they recorded the covers album Judas Steer. A collection of originals, Almost Sober, followed a year later.

The recording isn’t great for the first 10 min but is fine thereafter. Now we’re off to track down the album!

John Kelly on Tom Dunne Show

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 30, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Out of the City

John Kelly dropped in to the Tom Dunne show on Newstalk last night, ostensibly to talk about his new novel ‘From Out of the City‘ which has just been published by Dalkey Archive. But ws might be expected the talk was of radio and running out of roads. We heard of the BBC, Radio Ireland, TodayFM, RTE and LyricFM, Eclectic Ballroom and Mystery Train. There was talk of Elvis Costello and Donal Dineen and hints of things to come. If anyone would care to share some recordings of early John Kelly shows we’d love to give them a good home..


John Kelly on Tom Dunne Show (29th May 2014)

John Kelly & Andy Kershaw – West Cork Literary Festival

Posted in Music with tags , on May 16, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Two broadcasters/authors that we much admire and who have featured regularly in these pages are set to appear at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry in July..


John Kelly, onetime host of the still missed ‘Eclectic Ballroom‘ has just published his latest novel ‘From Out Of The City’ and he hosts a “literary brunch” on Saturday July 12th


Andy Kershaw’s autobiography ‘No Off Switch‘ was one we enjoyed a lot and he is finally bringing his one man show ‘The Aventures of Andy Kershaw’ to Ireland for a couple of dates – May 31st at Listowel Writers’ Week and July 9th at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry.

Divine Comedy (Eclectic Ballroom 1998)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

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Fans of Neil Hannon / The Divine Comedy are sure to enjoy this show from the archives. It dates from 11th August 1998 when Neil dropped in to the TodayFM studios to talk to John Kelly about the upcoming Divine Comedy album ‘Fin De Siecle‘ and to chose some favourite songs. John Kelly’s show at that time was the ‘Eclectic Ballroom’ which he presented until 2000 when he moved to RTE to drive the ‘Mystery Train‘.

The Divine Comedy – Life On Earth (Fin De Siecle)
The Walker Brothers – The Electrician
The Divine Comedy – Sunrise
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
The Divine Comedy – Thrill Seeker
The Divine Comedy – Commuter Love
Ginny Arnell – I Wish I Knew What Dress To Wear (1964)
The Simpsons – Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?
The Divine Comedy – National Express
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
The Divine Comedy – Sweden
Nino Rota – Something from ‘La Strada’

Eclectic Ballroom (11th August 1998)