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“Who is Thomas McLaughlin?”

Posted in Music with tags , on July 17, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

u2 croke park 1987

On Saturday 15th August 2017, one week ahead of U2’s gig in Croke Park, Dave Fanning looked back at the original ‘Joshua Tree’ gig in 1987. Two of the guests reminiscing about life around U2 thirty years ago were Steve Averill and Thomas McLoughlin.

Thomas McLaughlin was lead singer of Light a Big Fire who supported U2 in Croke Park in 1987 (along with The Pogues & Lou Reed). Steve Averill was lead singer of The Radiators from Space (celebrating the 40 year anniversary of ‘Television Screen’) and gave U2 their name and designed or art directed all but one of their album sleeves.

Thomas McLaughlin – Aughnacloy

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 14, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Former frontman of Light A Big Fire, Thomas McLaughlin self released a solo album in 1992 called ‘Sky Guitar‘ (artwork on the way). This track featured although we don’t know if that is the source of this track which featured on the Dave Fanning Show. Thanks to Paul for tipping us off to this particular track.


David Bowie ‘Tonight’ reviewed by Tom McLaughlin (1984)

Posted in radio with tags , , on December 16, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

Time to break our duck with something a little bit unusual. This is either very unfair or very apt given David Bowie’s recent renaissance. In 1984 he released ‘Tonight‘, his sixteenth studio album to mixed reviews. In this clip from the Dave Fanning RTE2 radio show Tom McLaughlin of Light a Big Fire offers his take on the album.

In other news voting for the inevitable Fanning’s Fab 50 is underway with the event itself taking place on Monday 22nd December and Tuesday 23th from 10pm-1am. Check out Dan Hegarty’s ‘Top 50 Irish Albums Of 2014‘ for some inspiration.

While we’re going off topic, all the best to Mr Terri Hooley who is in hospital at the minute. Get well soon Terri.

Tom McLaughlin (1984)

If like me you think it’s time to listen to the album check it out on youtube here:

Tom McLaughlin

Posted in Fanning, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 23, 2010 by Fanning Sessions


Thomas McLaughlin originally from Belfast but later US educated explaining an exotic accent once of Light A Big Fire fame, pursued solo career but finally saw success as a playright of note.

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