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Juniper (1996 Session Complete)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 31, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

juniper - shane mccarthy
We recently discovered the photographs of Shane McCarthy and have been going through some old posts shamelessly adding artwork (we did ask permission first – thanks Shane!). One of the posts that received a touch up job was this one featuring a solitary Juniper session track which we heard on the Dan Hegarty show back when he was digging out “classic” sessions. Thanks to a kind reader we now have the full session. Juniper of course was the band that preceeded Bellx1 and and featured Damien Rice (vocals & guitar), Paul Noonan (vocals & drums), Dominic Phillips (bass), Brian Crosby (keyboards) and David Geraghty (vocals & guitar).

Deliverance (1996)

Expensive Silence (1996)

Never (1996)

Then Go (1996)

Scale The Heights (1989 Session)

Posted in Fanning, session with tags , on June 8, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

From Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Scale The Heights were David O’Driscoll (vocals), Tony Doherty (guitar), Liam Kirkpatrick (bass) and Paul McAllister (drums). They released a demo in 1988 and a single ‘Goodbye To All That’ / ‘So Soon’ on WEA Records in 1989. On 01/05/1989 they recorded a Fanning session featuring tracks ‘Cold’, ‘Happy Ever After’, ‘One Step Away’ and ‘Go Hang Yourself’. They featured in a number of Hot Press end of year critics roundups, here’s what Damian Corless wrote:

“Band Of The Year, however, without a shadow of a doubt, were Kildare’s Carling/Hot Press winners, Scale The Heights, who combine an incendiary live attack with some of the finest songs ever written in the history of the planet – I kid you not”
HotPress Critics Roundup 1988

“On the home front there was nothing to equal the thrill of Scale The Heights’ live attack.”
HotPress Critics Roundup 1989

I believe these tracks came from a second Fanning session but ‘Goodbye To All That’ could also be the single. All tracks were recorded off the Dave Fanning show.


Proud Of You

Down The Hill

Blindman’s Clothes

Goodbye To All That

Juniper (1996 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , on March 21, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

juniper - shane mccarthy

Juniper were formed in 1991 by Dodi Ma (vocals), Paul Noonan (drums), Dominic Phillips (bass) and Brian Crosby (guitar) in Celbridge, Co Kildare. David Geraghty joined in 1993. Juniper released two EPs ‘The J-Plane’ (1994) and ‘Manna’ (1996) and two singles ‘Weatherman‘ (1998) and ‘World Is Dead’ (1998). They recorded a Fanning session in 1996 featuring tracks ‘Expensive Silence’, ‘Then Go’, ‘Never’ and ‘Deliverance’. In 1998 following a disagreement with their record label Dodi Ma quit the band and moved to Tuscany. The remaining band members regrouped as Bellx1 with Paul Noonan on vocals and are about to release their sixth album ‘Bloodless Coup’. Dodi Ma reverted to his real name Damien Rice and released ‘O’ in 2002 which achieved considerable success worldwide.

Then Go (1996)

Luka Bloom (live in studio)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 4, 2011 by Fanning Sessions


Not sure when these two tracks by Luka Bloom were recorded, I will update as details emerge.. if I had to guess I would say 1989 or 1990.

I Need Love (LL Cool J)

Mary Watches Everything

Luka Bloom

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , on May 5, 2010 by Fanning Sessions


From Newbridge in Co. Kildare, Luka Bloom first came to prominence for this observer at least as Barry Moore, a member of Red Square, a Dublin based post punk act with George Sweeney (guitar, vocals ex Vipers) and Joe Lahart (bass). That band was active from 1983 until 1986 when Barry chose to pursue a career as a solo singer-songwriter which he has been doing successfully ever since. This track appeared on Luka’s 1988 solo album although I cannot confirm if this is that version of the track. Incidentally the track also appeared on a 2001 compilation ‘The Barry Moore Years‘ , a snapshot of the years 1975 – 1986. Luka has just released an album ‘Dreams in America‘ and is currently touring the UK.

It’s A Passion

The Practical Householders

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

practical householders

From Athy in Co Kildare, The Practical Householders were Trisha Smyth (lead vocals), Jackie Kelly (backing vocals), Mick O’Rourke (guitar), Colm Walsh (accordion), Pat Casey (bass) and Dave Ward (drums). Paul Donohue and Dave Mullhall replaced Pat and Dave respectively in 1987 and it is they who feature on this recording. This track was taken from the Comet Two sampler. The original lineup recorded a 3 track demo which was produced by Stano. Expect another post when we get our hands on a copy. There are photos so as soon as we can locate one will update this post.

Your Love Is Just A Four Letter Word