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The Stars Of Heaven (1988 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on January 10, 2021 by Fanning Sessions

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One of the few positives of 2020 was a weekly feature on the Dan Hegarty show The Alternative. On Tuesday nights Dan digs out two sessions from the archive to be featured on his RTE 2fm show. Over the course of the last six months he has featured Fanning sessions from Blink, Wilt, Emperor Of Ice Cream, Therapy?, The Stunning, Scary Eire, The Frank & Walters, Virgin Prunes, The Frames, The Golden Horde, The Thrills, Engine Alley, Whipping Boy, Kerbdog, The Young Offenders, Power Of Dreams, Sultans Of Ping F.C. and most recently The Stars Of Heaven. Next week’s session is from Shake.

The Stars Of Heaven were Stephen Ryan (vocals, guitar), Stan Erraught (guitar), Peter O’Sullivan (bass), and Bernard Walsh (drums). They recorded two sessions for Dave Fanning, the 1984 session can be found here. Two tracks from the 1988 session were released on the 1999 compilation ‘Unfinished Dreaming’. Everything But The Girl covered ‘Lights of Te Touan‘ on their 1994 Rollercoaster EP. We recently came across a short ‘Lost Albums‘ feature for @Last TV featuring interviews with Stan and Stephen.

Thanks to Conor Horgan for permission to use his band photo, Conor can be seen miming keyboards with The Stars Of Heaven on Megamix.

Smalltown Reel (1988)

Sing Me Back Home (1988)

Lights Of Tetouan (1988)

Money Talks (1988)

The Stars Of Heaven (1984 Session – final two tracks)

Posted in Music with tags on November 28, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Stars Of Heaven need no introduction. Stephen Ryan (vocals, guitar), Stan Erraught (guitar), Peter O’Sullivan (bass), and Bernard Walsh (drums) had many fans, John Peel and Dave Fanning at the top of that list. Today, prompted by a conversation with Ken Sweeney, we have the two missing tracks from their 1984 Fanning session. The other tracks were ‘Clothes Of Pride‘ (later released as their first single) and ‘El Dorado‘. Stephen is busy with The Drays and Dinah Brand who have just released a new track ‘Rotunda Boy’. A big shout out once again to Thomas Erbsloh who’s diligent taping preservred these two nuggets.

Little Fingers (1984)
Small Life (1984)

Luxury – The Last Word In.. (1997 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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From Dublin, Luxury were Bernard Diffley (guitar & keyboards), David Kelly (bass & cello), Shane Treanor (vocals) and Bernard Walsh (drums & percussion). They recorded this 3 track demo in July 1997. Engineer was Paul Keegan. Bernard Walsh was of course in The Stars Of Heaven.

Everyday Social (1997)

Elvis Stole My Girl (1997)

Today Is For Living (1997)

Live at the Underground (1985)

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

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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 betweenthebars.net

Full details on the compilation can be found at irishrock.org. 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’

The Sewing Room (1996 Peel Session)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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To celebrate John Peel’s birthday we recently shared some old posts on facebook and twitter and that prompted one reader to enquire about The Sewing Room. We did some digging and now thanks to Eamonn Davis of the band we have their 1996 session for John Peel. The Sewing Room were Stan Erraught (guitar & vocals), Eamonn Davis (guitar & vocals), Colm Fitzpatrick (bass & vocals) and Dez Foley (drums & vocals). Stan was of course previously a member of The Stars Of Heaven, Eamonn and Colm were in Hey Paulette while Dez was in Wilder and Crumb. For more background on The Sewing Room check out the excellent post by Stephen Rennicks on his ‘Abstract Analogue’ site. PS If anyone has a recording of the as yet unlocated RTE Dave Fanning session please get in touch..

Rope (1996)

Ghost (1996)

Borderline Vice (1996)

Slide (1996)

Stars of Heaven (In Concert 1986)

Posted in Music with tags on November 27, 2015 by Fanning Sessions

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An encounter at a show by The Drays resulted in us finally tracking down this long sought after recording by The Stars of Heaven. The tape did require some first aid but the results should not disappoint.

 1. calvary cross
 2. hey little child
 3. sacred heart hotel
 4. in the pines / el dorado
 5. clothes of pride
 6. all about you
 7. folksong
 8. talk about it now

In Concert (1986)

The Drays (2014)

Posted in Music with tags , , on September 4, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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There we were, minding our own business, checking out how Aidan Gillen was faring, filling in for Tom Dunne on Newstalk. Aidan played a great track ‘Can’t Seem to Make You Mine‘ by Alex Chilton which he explained, he first heard in a cover version by The Stars Of Heaven. He then casually announced that the frontman of said Stars Of Heaven, Stephen Ryan had a new band The Drays. Now I know Stephen was recently active with The Dinah Brand but this new track to these ears at least seems to take up where The Stars Of Heaven left off. Check it out for yourselves..

According to Gillen (who was great by the way), The Drays are working on an album titled ‘Look Away Down Collins Avenue’ which is “still some way off”. We very much look forward to hearing it and fingers crossed, maybe even seeing the band perform live..

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The Drays are: Stephen Ryan (guitar/vocals), Conor Brady (guitar/bass/shakers/tambourine), Paul Byrne (drums), Eileen Gogan (vocals).

Update: Now available on iTunes.

Stars Of Heaven (1984 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on August 11, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve already featured one track from the the December 1984 Fanning Session by The Stars Of Heaven but today we have a second. The song was released one year later as the bands first single. Many thanks to Ken.

Clothes Of Pride‘ (1984)

South Of Heaven – The Stars Of Heaven Tribute That Never Was

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on October 7, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

‘South Of Heaven’ is the title of a Stars Of Heaven Tribute which never saw the light of day. Featuring a veritable who’s who of the Irish music business and such luminaries as Something Happens! and Everything But The Girl as well as local favourites Hey Paulette and Engine Alley to name but two. The Firestation Records blog has the tracklisting and a snap of the album cover. The album was to have been released on the Mickey Rourke’s Fridge label run by ‘enigmatic‘ Sean A Mc Dermott and associated with Hey Paulette a band who once featured ex Stars of Heaven man Stan Erraught. The album was even reviewed by Hot Press. This all started when I came across ‘Smalltown Reel’ while browsing the Hey Paulette archive on the Crumb site and then yesterday Dave Fanning was on Tom Dunne’s Newstalk show talking of things Stars Of Heaven and Revenants.

Northern Picture Library – Ammonia Train
Icehead (or was that The Shouting Club?) – Every Other Day
Something Happens! – All About You
Sean A McDermott & Mary Whelan – Paradise Of Lies
Hey Paulette – Smalltown Reel
Engine Alley – Three Kings’ Day
Dr Millar – Leave As You Came
Junkster – 28
Grief – Someone’s Getting Tired Of You
Everything But The Girl – Lights Of Tetouan
The Baby Snakes – Hey Little Child
Cathal Coughlan – Ghost Cars
The Screech Owls – Poison River
Muck Savage – Sacred Heart Hotel
7 League Boots – Little England
Peter O’Kennedy – Two O’Clock Waltz
Engine Alley – Before Holyhead
Sultans Of Ping – Never Saw You
Brian – Speak Slowly
The Revenants – So You Know

The Stars Of Heaven

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

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I suppose it is fitting that I never actually got to see The Stars Of Heaven live despite being a huge fan. Myself and a friend read in HotPress over Christmas that they were playing Dublin and we decided to hitch to Dublin (a 4 hour drive) to attend the gig as we lived in rural Ireland and nothing was happening. Things started very slowly and next thing we knew the sandwiches were gone and we still hadn’t got our first lift, we were faced with an embarrassing about face. We eventually got that first lift and then hit it lucky and we eventually made it to the venue on time only to find that the gig had been cancelled (or was it just HP that was wrong?). We ended up going to see An Emotional Fish and staying the night in Isaac’s Hostel. A good night was had by all despite the disappointment. As it turns out The Stars Of Heaven had called it a day. Watch the band perform here and if you like what you hear, do yourself a favour and get a copy of the 2006 reissues on Independent Records of Sacred Heart Hotel/Holyhead EP and/or Speak Slowly (HP review). Update: those two albums are now available as a free download over on the Independent Records site. The posthumous ‘Unfinished Dreaming‘ is also well worth checking out.

The first track was a single on Hotwire Records from May 1985. John Peel liked it so much he had the lads over for sessions no less than 4 occasions. Then we have a track from the April 1988 Fanning Session and finally a track from the December 1984 Fanning Session which unusually features Stan Erraught on lead vocals.

Clothes Of Pride (1985)

Smalltown Reel (1988) watch here

Eldorado (1984)