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David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Posted in Books, interview, Music with tags , , on December 31, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

We were saddened to learn of the death of David Cavanagh, respected music journalist and author whose work graced the pages of Sounds, Select, Mojo, Uncut and Q. His book on Creation Records (My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize) received widespread praise and we much enjoyed ‘Goodnight and Good Riddance‘ his novel around the radio shows of John Peel preserved for posterity by the folks at the Peel Wikia. Below is an interview with Tom Dunne on Newstalk on the occasion of that books’s publication which we thought you might enjoy. Rest in peace David.

Really sad to hear about the death of David Cavanagh. A little piece he wrote about loving @TheTriffids, called Hell of a Summer, is one of the most perfect pieces of writing about being a music fan. And My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize is one of the great music books.

Michael Hann
David Cavanagh – Tom Dunne Interview (2015)

Keeping It Peel Podcast – Irish Peel Sessions

Posted in Music with tags on March 31, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Sterling work here and we get a nice mention..


Keeping It Peel Podcast - Irish Peel Sessions

Just as with the Fall podcast (published on Mark E.Smith’s 60th birthday) this pod is released with impeccable timing for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend…

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The Sewing Room (1996 Peel Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

sewing room

To celebrate John Peel’s birthday we recently shared some old posts on facebook and twitter and that prompted one reader to enquire about The Sewing Room. We did some digging and now thanks to Eamonn Davis of the band we have their 1996 session for John Peel. The Sewing Room were Stan Erraught (guitar & vocals), Eamonn Davis (guitar & vocals), Colm Fitzpatrick (bass & vocals) and Dez Foley (drums & vocals). Stan was of course previously a member of The Stars Of Heaven, Eamonn and Colm were in Hey Paulette while Dez was in Wilder and Crumb. For more background on The Sewing Room check out the excellent post by Stephen Rennicks on his ‘Abstract Analogue’ site. PS If anyone has a recording of the as yet unlocated RTE Dave Fanning session please get in touch..

Rope (1996)

Ghost (1996)

Borderline Vice (1996)

Slide (1996)

John Peel – Dave Fanning Interview (1990)

Posted in interview, Music with tags on February 18, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


Dave Fanning interviews John Peel (at the BBC studio?) in London. Thanks to a comment we know the interview took place late March 1990. John’s 50th birthday celebration the previous year gets a mention. Not sure how much if any of the interview is missing as Dave had a 3 hour show from 10pm – 1am at that time. If anyone has memories of this broadcast please share. Dave plays a session track from Honeythieves while John chooses ‘Born Annoying’ by Helmet and a romanian folk song.

John Peel Interview (1990)

Good Night and Good Riddance: 35 Years Of John Peel

Posted in Music with tags , on October 21, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

good night & good riddance

David Cavanagh talks to Dave Fanning about his book ‘Good Night and Good Riddance‘ on legendary BBC DJ John Peel. It’s an interesting interview for a number of reasons one of which is that David himself listened to Dave Fanning’s radio show while growing up in Belfast. And also because Dave could be considered our John Peel and has possibly suffered the same fate at the hands of RTE that Peel did at the BBC. The book wouldn’t exist without the excellent John Peel Wiki which has been archiving and cataloging all Peel radio shows for too long too mention.

David Cavanagh (2015)

John Peel Day 2013

Posted in Music with tags on October 25, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


It’s hard to imagine now what the landscape was like 30 years ago. Imagine you’ve just moved to a foreign country with very limited access to media in your native tongue and even less of a clue where to hear good music. Imagine the shock and delight when you stumble by accident at an ungodly hour across the unmistakeable voice of John Peel and realise that he has a monthly show on a local radio station. These shows become something you look forward to, record and listen to over and over until the next edition. This day 9 years ago John Peel left us. If you are in Dublin tonight you might like to check out the festivities at this event. For more John Peel action check out this list of Irish John Peel Sessions, John playing Teenage Kicks twice in a row or the Peel sessions of The Vipers, Hey Paulette, or all John Peel related posts. There were Irish radio tributes last night on Tom Dunne (Newstalk) and Paul McLoone (TodayFM) and tonight from Dave Clarke (RTE 2fm).

If you havent already check out the John Peel Wiki. These folks have been digging out recordings of John Peel shows for years and have catalogued and shared a large number of John’s shows and much more besides. There is a Yahoo mailing list and they are always open to helping track down or identify recordings. Their work as well as the work of Ken Garner, author of ‘The Peel Sessions‘, shown above, inspired the creation of this site.

John Peel plays ‘Teenage Kicks’ twice in a row (1978)

Posted in Music with tags , , on April 22, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


I saw ‘Good Vibrations‘ a second time and enjoyed it just as much as first time round. Favourite scenes include Terri’s first listen to ‘Teenage Kicks’ and John Peel playing said record. Congratulations to all who played a part in making the movie a reality. As a tribute here’s something I came across recently..

It’s been well documented over the years both in magazine articles and various TV interviews that John Peel played this record twice in a row stating, ‘I’m going to do something I’ve never done before’. This is also what he says in the excellent ‘Good Vibrations’ film. It’s sort of gone down in Undertones folk law. Interestingly though (unless he played it twice in a row on two occasions which I don’t think he did) he didn’t actually say that – as this clip proves. I believe there are two reasons why this misconception has arisen. Firstly, as far as I am aware, this sound bite has not been available to hear since its broadcast in 1978 and, secondly in subsequent interviews Peel stated that he played the record twice in a row and hadn’t ever done that before. So this statement became part of what he actually said at the time with nothing to prove otherwise.

It’s all semantics of course. All that matters is that he played this awesome record twice.