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The Everlasting Yeah

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

The names Raymond Gorman, Ciaran McLaughlin, Brendan Kelly and Damian O’Neill might ring a bell but if not they represent four-fifths of an influential band that went under the name That Petrol Emotion. That band performed a flurry of gigs in 2009 but the fifth member of the band, singer Steve Mack who lives and works in the U.S. is presently coping with his latest gig as a father. Following a 3 song low key performance in March as The Hoodlum Angels the remaining four members are about to tread the boards once again. They have a new name – The Everlasting Yeah and have just been announced as one of the support acts at an upcoming gig by quintessential indie pop band The June Brides in London’s 229 venue on Friday 9th November. Also performing on the night and also needing no introduction will be C86 indie band The Wolfhounds. These three bands make a mouth watering prospect and I’m sure an excellent night awaits. Tickets available here. Update: The first gig was a big success and now a second gig has just been announced – Oxford on Sat 8 December details to follow.

Sons of the Desert (1989 Interview & Session)

Posted in Fanning, interview, live, Music with tags , , on September 25, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

sons of the desert 3

Not to be confused with the US band of the same name, Sons of the Desert were from London and by all accounts toured with The Pogues.. On this visit to Dave Fanning at RTE studios the lineup was Ewan Shiels (vocals, mandolin), Stephen Harrison (bass), Tracey Booth (vocals, bodhran), Johnny Nolan (guitar) and Joseph Doherty (violin and saxophone). Paul McCluskey who attended the Cork show informs us that this recording is from 24th August 1989.

Live Performance & Interview (1990)

Setanta Records R.I.P. – a C60 tribute

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , on July 21, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


Keith Cullen the man behind Setanta Records the London based label that launched a thousand Irish bands has announced that the latest album ‘Orchestral Variations V.01‘ by The Separate will be the last by the iconic label. Setanta has been home to bands including A House, Beethoven, Brian, Cane 141, Catchers, Chalets, Deadly Engines, Divine Comedy, Frank & Walters, Glee Club, Harvest Ministers, Into Paradise, Pony Club, Power Of Dreams, Prayer Boat, Rare, They Do It With Mirrors, Turn.

I’ve long been a fan of the RTE 2XM show C60 hosted by Pat McGrath and his look at the label is a suitable showcase for both show and label so I’ve taken the liberty of posting it here. Check out the show on facebook and listen back to recent shows via the excellent RTE radio player.

Catchers – Call Her Name
Divine Comedy – Lucy
Divine Comedy – Jerusalem
The Frank & Walters –
A House – I Am The Greatest
Cane 141 – The Grand Looner
Brian – We Close
Stars – The Life ?
The Separate – Video Killed The Radio Star
Into Paradise – Tomorrow
Evan Dando – You Thought Hard About
The Harvest Ministers – That Won’t Wash
Richard Hawley – Baby Your My Life
A House – Without Dreams

C60 Setanta special (11 July 2012)

Further reading:

God Save The Village Green‘ a novel by Keith Cullen

Underdogs are the best‘ Keith Cullen interviewed by Niall Crumlish for State Magazine (16th July 2012)

One last spin for Setanta Records‘ Tony Clayton Lea in The Irish Times (16th July 2012)

When the music’s over . . .‘ Irish Independent (14th July 2012)