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Stuart Bailie – Trouble Songs: Music & Conflict in Northern Ireland

Posted in Music with tags on May 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Stuart Bailie is a Belfast based music writer and broadcaster who has written for NME, Mojo, Uncut, Q, Vox, The Times, The Irish Times, Classic Rock and Hot Press. He wrote the authorised story of Thin Lizzy ‘The Ballad of the Thin Man’ in 1997. He has written TV and radio documentaries on U2, Elvis Costello, Glen Campbell and Thin Lizzy. He wrote and narrated a BBC TV history of music from Northern Ireland ‘So Hard to Beat’ in 2007. He is a co-founder the Oh Yeah Music Centre and was CEO from 2008-16.

Stuart has just published a book called ‘Trouble Songs‘ which focuses on the role of music in the Northern Ireland conflict. In this interview Stuart takes Dave Fanning through some of the songs associated or influenced by the Troubles.

Stuart Bailie – Dave Fanning interview (5th May 2018)


Stuart Bailie ‘Good Vibrations’ Special with Terri Hooley & David Holmes

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , , on September 15, 2013 by Fanning Sessions


On 26th August 2013 Stuart Bailie hosted an hour long special on his BBC radio show with Terri Hooley and David Holmes about how the soundtrack for the Good Vibrations film was assembled. Read Stuart’s own take in ‘The Invincible Soundtrack‘. The show includes the tale of how ‘Gloria’ was replaced with ‘Star’ for the final credits. I guess it’s David Bowie 1 Van Morrison 0. The direct link to the show on mixcloud is here