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Dave Fanning: Classic Irish Tracks Uncovered

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio with tags , , , on October 25, 2021 by Fanning Sessions

classic irish track

They say that buses come in threes, I wonder does the same apply to podcasts? We recently raved about a podcast revisiting classic Irish albums, well Dave Fanning has been looking at classic Irish tracks. Something Happens!, The Frank & Walters, The Saw Doctors and The Cranberries have featured so far and each installment is well worth a listen. Tom Dunne needs to write that Warren Zevon tour exposé but in the meantime catch his weekly ‘Music & Me‘ column in The Irish Examiner. And finally, this week’s classic Fanning session on the Dan Hegarty show is from Bawl (1996). Incidentally Something Happens!, The Frank & Walters, The 4 Of Us, Hothouse Flowers and An Emotional Fish all play Feile Classical this Thursday in the 3 Arena.

Noel Hogan: ‘Linger’ by The Cranberries

Leo Moran: ‘N17’ by The Saw Doctors

Paul Linehan: ‘After All’ by The Frank & Walters

Tom Dunne: ‘Parachute’ by Something Happens!

Something Happens! (Session)

Posted in Music with tags on October 11, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Something Happens! are Tom Dunne (vocals), Ray Harman (guitar), Alan Byrne (bass) and Eamonn Ryan (drums). This track is a new one on us and is from their Fanning session. If anyone knows the year, what the remaining session tracks were or indeed has a recording please drop a line. Thank you Colm for the tape.

Physical Attraction

Live at the Underground (1985)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


We have been searching high and low for a digital copy of this 1985 compilation recorded at the famed Dublin institution ‘The Underground’. 32 years after the album was released Ken has come to the rescue – thank you!

As a new band, securing a headline gig in Dublin was nigh on impossible during that period – the Underground put on bands that no other venue would touch. Bands with no profile, no obvious crowd pulling appeal. That policy ensured that some of the finest Irish acts of that era took their early tentative steps on the cramped Underground stage – bands like Something Happens, The Stars of Heaven, A House, Engine Alley, the Slowest Clock, The Power of Dreams, The Fountainhead,  Into Paradise, Guernica, the Gorehounds, Therapy?, The Fat Lady Sings, the Would Bes – the list is endless.

Paul Page (Whipping Boy) for

Full details on the compilation can be found at Colm O’Callaghan (Blackpool Sentinel) remembers here.
Hughie Purcell ‘Push & Shove’

A House ‘On Your Bike Wench’

Fallen Angels ‘Small Beer’

Gorehounds ‘The Way I Walk’

Something Happens!  ‘Real Time’

The Stars of Heaven ‘Hey Little Child’

Something Happens! In Concert (1989)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 24, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

Photo (C) Shane Mc Carthy Photography

Photo (C) Shane Mc Carthy Photography

The Dave Fanning Show on 2FM featured a weekly in concert segment with a 30 minute live recording from a band of the day. Something Happens! featured in session last week but we came across this recording on the Something Happens facebook group and couldn’t resist. It’s a two parter so we pretty have the full show. By the way the lads have just announced they are to play at the Killarney Festival on June 27th alongside The Undertones and The Frank & Walters.

02-What Now
03-Take This With You
05-Tall Girls Club
06-Forget Georgia
07-I Had a Feeling
08-Here Comes the Only One Again
09-7 Days Till 4am
11-Burn Clear
12-Paloma Blanca
13-Summertime Love
14-Does Your Mother Know

In Concert – Part 1 (1989)

In Concert – Part 2 (1989)

Something Happens (1995 Acoustic Session)

Posted in live, Music, radio, session with tags on January 16, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

Recorded live on the RTE 2FM Mike Moloney show June 21st 1995. Something Happens! are Tom Dunne, Ray Harman, Alan Byrne and Eamonn Ryan. Check out Tom Dunne nightly 10pm – midnight on Newstalk.

Fishboy (1995)

Pray (1995)

Something Happens! – Cork 14th June 2014

Posted in Music with tags on June 9, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Something Happens! need no introduction but readers may not be aware that Tom Dunne, Ray Harman, Alan Byrne and Eamonn Ryan are playing a rare gig at the Cork Summer Show on Saturday 14th June from 5pm to 6.30pm. The band recently played a very well received 30 year anniversary at Whelan’s in Dublin. This was preceeded by a performance on the RTE Late Late Show which saw them exercise some underused muscles – check out this Cork Independent interview.


The photos come courtesy the folks behind the Sir Henrys Exhibition who are busy digging out material for what promises to be another compulsory Leeside visit (we’ve been busy updating posts with photos from bands we had never seen before!). Check out the twitter feed for arrivals as they come in and of course help out if you have something in the attic.

Something Happens!: Ray D’Arcy Show (9th May 2014)

Posted in Music with tags on May 12, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


Ahead of their sold out gig in Whelan’s last Saturday Something Happens! appeared on Ray D’Arcy’s TodayFM show on Friday to have a chat and play a couple of tunes ‘Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello’ and ‘Parachute’. The first reviews on fan Yahoo! group [Room29] are glowing and apparently a Cork festival date in June has been announced.

Something Happens on Ray D’Arcy Show (9.5.2014)

Something Happens! – Too Long 12″

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on September 30, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

I believe these Something Happens! tracks are from the ‘What Now?’ 12″ (1990) which Dave probably played on his show on release. Something Happens are playing Whelan’s Dublin on 30th Dec 2011.

Too Long
Forget Georgia (acoustic)
Stuck Together With God’s Glue

Something Happens! (First Demo)

Posted in demo, Music with tags , on February 20, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Ha that got your attention! Today I’m going to send you to another blog Dublin Opinion where they’ve been doing sterling work posting some very rare demos and yes came across the very first Something Happens! demo and have been kind enough to post it complete with scan of the inlay. So off you go and enjoy a piece of history. There are also demos from The Secret Goldfish, The Boneshakers, Modus Vivendi and The Outpatients.

Something Happens! (Part 2)

Posted in Music with tags , on November 2, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

Comprising Tom Dunne (vocals), Ray Harman (guitar), Alan Byrne (bass) and Eamonn Ryan (drums) this Dublin act have just announced a gig in Whelan’s on Dec 30th. Something Happens! have already featured once but this track was my first introduction to the band and to this day remains my favourite track by them. It’s one they recorded and released a number of times but I’ll always prefer this particular version. Originally released on their debut ‘Two Chances’ EP in 1986..

Burn Clear (1986)

Something Happens!

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

Next up we have a demo from a band who went on to achieve considerable success but maybe didn’t always do themselves justice with their recorded output. Case in point was Burn Clear which I hope to dig out in the future but first up is another favourite which in demo form made 28th place in Fanning’s Fab Fifty in 1986.

Forget Georgia