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Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly public discussion Culture Night 2016

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


Radio On was a public discussion event held at Gulpd Café, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork on Aug 24th 2016. The event was based around the radio documentary ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ produced by Paul McDermott and first broadcast on UCC98.3FM. That documentary centres on Cork singer Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. Radio On featured Paul McDermott as MC for the evening, in conversation with Ricky Dineen (Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea?, Beethoven), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Rob McKahey (Stump).

The event took place during Heritage Week and was sponsored by The Heritage Council, with support from the Cork Folklore Project and UCC98.3FM. The programme was produced by Conor O’Toole with sound supervision by Kieran Hurley at UCC98.3FM.

Shown on the night and discussed in the podcast are the photos of Ciaran O’Tuama (Cypress,Mine!) and Pat Galvin. Many of Pat’s photos featured in the TG4 documentary ‘U2 agus an Arc’ which provided a fascinating profile of The Arcadia. Ciaran apparently has a huge archive of photos many of which have not yet been developed – we hope that will soon be rectified!



Microdisney radio documentary (2017)

Posted in documentary, Music with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Just in – Microdisney have announced a a one-off exclusive performance of their seminal album, The Clock Comes Down The Stairs at the National Concert Hall Dublin on 2nd June 2018, tickets on sale Wednesday 29th November at 10am.

iron fist in velvet glove microdisney.jpgPaul McDermott is no stranger round these parts and we’ve been looking forward to the fruits of his latest endeavours since round about when we first heard it was in the works. Paul is a lecturer in media studies and journalism and also has a weekly radio show on DublinCityFM. He previously produced documentaries on Stump! and Finbarr Donnelly and this time out he has turned his attention towards another band from those parts Microdisney.  Produced for UCC 98.3FM with assistance of funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, ‘Iron Fist In Velvet Glove: The Story of Microdisney’ features interviews with Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan, bandmates Tom Fenner, Jon Fell, Giordai UaLaoighre and Dave Galvin. Also featured are fellow musicians Mick Lynch (Stump!), Mark Healy and Ciarán O Tuama (Cypress! Mine), Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound) and Stan Erraught (The Stars of Heaven). Paul also speaks to Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade founder), Andrew Mueller (journalist and writer), Elvera Butler (Downtown Kampus and Reekus Records), Gareth Ryan (Kabuki Records and Rough Trade Distribution) and Richard Boon (Production Manager, Rough Trade Records). It’s a fascinating hour of radio which we enjoyed a lot and look forward to listening again. What’s next Paul? 🙂

Nigel Grainge (1946-2017)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

nigel grainge

Nigel Grainge was the founder of the Ensign Records and the man responsible for launching the careers of a host of bands many of whom were from these shores; Sinead O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys, Into Paradise and Stump!. He died on 11th June 2017.

Tonight at 11pm on Dublin City FM Paul McDermott will pay tribute by playing many of the acts Nigel signed interspersed with an interview Paul conducted in 2015 when working on the Stump! documentary ‘Lights! Camel! Action!‘.

Check out also this 1991 Hot Press interview by Liam Fay.

Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump

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


Produced by Paul McDermott, Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump is an hour long documentary funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television license fee for UCC 98.3FM. The documentary will be broadcast as follows with a podcast to follow:

  • UCC 98.3FM on Friday 8 January, 2016, 5pm
  • 103.2 Dublin City FM Thursday 21 January, 12 midnight and Wednesday 3 February, 3pm
  • Wired FM 99.9 FM, Limerick, Thursday 21 January, 6pm

Lights! Camel! Action! – The Story of Stump is a documentary about Stump, the Anglo-Irish experimental, rock band from the 1980s. The documentary has been in production for the past year and sadly in November 2015 Mick Lynch, the enigmatic front man and lyricist with the band fell ill and passed away on 17 December, 2015.

The documentary is compiled from over 15 hours of interviews with the four members of Stump and key figures from their story.  Contributors include: Mick Lynch, Rob McKahey, Kev Hopper, Chris Salmon, Jack Lyons, Elvera Butler , Liam McKahey, Simon Reynolds, Nigel Grainge, Hugh Jones, John Robb and Roy Weard.

Paul McDermott teaches Media Studies and Journalism at Rathmines College and is the Director of Programming at Dublin City FM. He previously produced Get That Monster Off the Stage, the award winning radio documentary about Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down to the Sea? and Beethoven.


Mick Lynch R.I.P.

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 17, 2015 by Fanning Sessions



John Creedon (RTE Radio 1)

Paul McDermott (96FM Green Room with Michael Carr)

Mark McAvoy (Brendan O’Connor show RTE Radio 1)


An accomplished, beguiling and compelling performer, Mick Lynch can rest easily tonight. And forever.

Colm O’Callaghan tribute (No Disco, Setanta)

For the last year I’ve been interviewing the members of Stump and key figures in their story for a radio documentary, scheduled to be broadcast in early January. Mick’s untimely passing has shocked everyone who knew him.

Paul Mc Dermott (Sunday Independent)

June 1987: Husker Dü, Sonic Youth and Stump perform at L’Élysée Montmartre in Paris. Stump have just signed to Phonogram subsidiary Ensign, a record label with an unusual speciality in securing hits for Irish, or Irish-related bands. The Boomtown Rats, The Waterboys and – imminently – Sinead O’Connor all found a home and success at the label, under the tutelage of Nigel Grainger. Stump have also recently appeared on the front cover of Melody Maker, frontman Mick Lynch topless with his Tintin-quiff and the not-exactly-subtle headline ‘Trout Mask Replicants’. The band were darlings of the recently-defunct Tube television series, Peel Session regulars and about to record their major label debut with Mute sampling doyen Holger Hiller at the helm in Hansa Studios with Stephen Street engineering. By all accounts (well, primarily Stump’s staggeringly verbose drummer Rob McKahey), the band “were a fucking powerhouse that night and blew [Sonic Youth and Husker Dü] off the stage”.

Getting Off The Bus: Stump Interviewed (2014)