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Tuesday Blue (Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on October 2, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Thanks to Colm Kavanagh who has just cracked open a fresh vein of Fanning sessions. This is one from a band we remember fondly as a formidable live outfit. From Limerick, Tuesday Blue were Michael Ryan (vocals), Dave Keary (guitar), Ralf Lindeim (bass), Ray Fean (drums, percussion) & Tom Jones (keyboards, piano). Thank you Mike Maguire for the lineup correction.

Woman (1984 Session)

16 Tons Of Jive (1984 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on June 4, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

16 tons

From Limerick, 16 Tons Of Jive were led by Christy Barry, ex Christy and The Last of The Teenage Idols. The full band was: Christy Barry (vocals & guitar), Mike Kenny (trumpet/guitar), Ralph Unsworth (bass), Tom McLaughlin (drums), Dermot Moloney (sax), Mike O’Loughlin (sax) and Ger Sadlier (bass, 1983-84). They recorded a Fanning session on 22/04/1985 featuring ‘Every Day I Die’, ‘Trying Hard’, ‘She Takes The Pill For Me’ and ‘A Taste Of The Blues’. Thank you Thomas for the tape, Mike for the ticket and Ralph for the discography. This track features Mike Kenny on vocals and comes from a 3 track demo which also featured ‘I’m Touched’ and ‘Tear To My Eye’. Other demos recorded were “Tonight / Take My Breath Away” (1984), “Let her Go / Carpets & Curtains / I’m Touched” (1986) and “One More Reason / Waiting for Your Heart To Burn” (15/3/1986).

6 big

The Edge (1984)

Those Stilted Boys (Session)

Posted in Music with tags on February 14, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Limerick, Those Stilted Boys were Ciaran Culligan (guitar), Ian Dodson (vocals), Brian O’Grady, Noel Heraty, Therese Nix and Barry Hickey. If anyone can identify what year this Fanning session was recorded..


Mr Smith and Wesson

Head on the Block

Take a Little Rope

Daily Dose of Love

A Touch Of Oliver (1991 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on February 5, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Touch Of Oliver

From Limerick, A Touch Of Oliver were Diarmuid O Sullivan (vocals & guitar), Hugh Mulqueen (lead guitar & backing vocals), Brian Corr (bass, keyboards & backing vocals) and Willie Banks (drums). Their 1991 Fanning session featured ‘Candy Bottle Green’, ‘Boulder Dust’, ‘Golden Valley Reserve’ and ‘Mind Bomb Trial’.

Candy Bottle Green (1991)

Mind Bomb Trial (1991)

Golden Valley Reserve (1991)

Boulder Dust (1991)

The Groove

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on January 3, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Limerick The Groove were a five piece featuring Alan Cheevers (guitar & vocals), Paul Healy (vocals & guitar), Bryan Healy (bass), Charlie Smith (trumpet) and Brendan Wallace (drums). The band won the RTE Borderline band of 1987 competition and as part of their prize released a single ‘Blue Blue Monday’ on EMI Records which reached 19 in the Irish charts. That same year also saw the band performing at one of Ireland’s biggest open air gigs supporting David Bowie at Slane. Sadly Alan Cheevers passed away in 2000. They recorded one Fanning session on 20th May 1986 featuring three tracks; ‘Since You’ve Gone’, ‘Skin Deep and ‘Another Number’ which we have yet to track down. Check out the Limerick Library archive for more rock articles.

Preacher’s Paradise (1988)

The Hitchers (1997 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on January 16, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
June  1997  L-R  Hoss Carnage, Niall Quinn,  Andy Gallagher, Eric Fitzgerald

The Hitchers June 1997 L-R Hoss Carnage, Niall Quinn, Andy Gallagher, Eric Fitzgerald

From Limerick, The Hitchers were Andy Gallagher (vocals, guitars), Niall Quinn (vocals, drums), Hoss Carnage (bass, vocals), Eric Fitzgerald (guitars, vocals). Past members include Eoin O’Kelly (vocals 1989-91), Brendan ‘Benny’ McCormack (guitar 1989-90), Frank Ryan (bass 2000-01), Donnacha Twoomey (guitar 1989). They recorded this Fanning session in 1997 and it was re-broadcast on the Dan Hegarty show in 2006 as part of his ‘Classic Session’ series. Niall Quinn is currently active with Theme Tune Boy who are about to release an album ‘Return of the Living Dead’ on 4-3-3 music on January 19th 2013. The album launch party takes place the same day in The Blind Pig, Thomas Street, Limerick.

Human Skull (1997)

You Can Only Love Someone (1997)

U Can Du (1997)

At The Seaside (1997)

The Cranberries (1993 Session)

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


Last night Dan Hegarty repeated the long sought after 1993 session by Limerick band The Cranberries on his RTE 2fm show ‘The Alternative To Sleep’. Dan expressly thanked producer Ian Wilson who obviously had the non trivial task of tracking the original session tape down in the RTE archive. Incidentally there is currently a project underway at RTE to digitise this archive and we await the results with great anticipation. The night this session was recorded the band dropped into Dave Fanning in studio for an interview and you can listen to a recording here.

The Icicle Melts


Like You Used To