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..
Tom Dunne interviewed Patrick Brocklebank recently about the newly published photographic memoir ‘Where the Streets Have Two Names‘. Tony Clayton-Lea reviews the book for The Irish Times in this piece ‘‘Dublin exposure: Citizen photography of U2 and other early punks’‘. While the book is quite U2 centric for obvious reasons a lot of other usual suspects feature including Dave Fanning, Ian Wilson, The Vipers, The Atrix. The book is published by Liberties Press and the Tom Dunne Show can be heard from 10pm till midnight Monday through Thursday on Newstalk.
Where the Streets Have 2 Names features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs by award-winning photographer Patrick Brocklebank, documenting U2’s early days as well as the rise of other groups who were part of Dublin’s music scene at that time, such as The Virgin Prunes, The Blades, The Black Catholics, The Undertones and The Buzzcocks. The photos capture iconic moments in the lives of these bands, particularly U2, and are accompanied by numerous untold anecdotes about the band members and the long-gone music venues of that era, where many of the bands’ most seminal gigs were performed. The book captures the atmosphere of the time – a recessionary Dublin, a youthful individuality and a sense of rebellion – and provides a fascinating insight into the culture and characters on the Dublin music scene from 1978–1981.
Patrick Brocklebank on Tom Dunne Show (4/2/2014)
Update adding another radio show appearance..
Patrick Brocklebank and Ferdia Mac Anna on Dave Fanning Show (8/2/2014)
If you’re a fan of jangle rock I recommend you check out Mark Mulcahy. Mulcahy began his career as lead singer and co-founding member of Miracle Legion and after an eight year break Mark is back with a new album ‘Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You‘. He is currently on an Irish tour and plays the final date at 7pm in DeBarra’s of Clonakilty tomorrow night. While in Ireland, Mark and co-conspirarator Ken Maiuri recorded sessions for Tom Dunne (Newstalk), Paul McLoone (TodayFM) and Dan Hegarty (RTE 2fm).
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since one of my favourite bands called it a day. Joe Chester, Pat, John and Dermot Barrett and Terry Cullen in other words the band that was Ten Speed Racer are having an impromptu reunion this Friday upstairs in Whelan’s. Originally listed as a gig by The Hedge Schools (Pat’s post 10sr solo project with Joe), all 5 original 10sr members will be on stage which is no mean feat given that a number of them no longer live in the country. Dermot and Joe (who produced Ryan Sheridan’s album, currently at the top of the German charts) will appear on Colm
O’Sullivan‘s TodayFM show tonight. If anyone has any sessions please get in touch.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.