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Andy White (2016 Tom Robinson Interview)

Posted in Music with tags , , on November 27, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Andy White’s imminent tour of Ireland prompted us to go digging and this 2016 retrospective on the Tom Robinson 6music show is perfect. Broadcast on Dec 3rd 2016 Andy joins Tom to look back on what was then 30 years of Andy’s career. The two have history as you will find out and it all makes for a very enjoyable listen with many interesting details of the twists and turns of Andy’s career. Andy has just released a new album ‘Time is a Buffalo in the Art of War‘ and plays Belfast (Nov 29), Ballymena (Nov 30), DC Music Club Dublin (Dec 1) and Coughlan’s Cork (Dec 5). See you there!

 

Gregory Gray (Tom Robinson Tribute)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on May 18, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

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Coleraine born singer/songwriter Gregory Gray aka Mary Cigarettes died on April 25th 2019 at the age of 59. Born Paul Lerwill, Gregory started out at 19 as a guitarist in the 1970s teen group Rosetta Stone. He left the band changing his name to Gregory Gray and formed Perfect Crime who released two singles ‘Brave’ (1983) and ‘I Feel Like An Eskimo’ (1984). He then began a solo career and released three albums; ‘Think Of Swans’ (1986), ‘Strong At Broken Places’ (1990) and ‘Euroflake In Silverlake’ (1995). He later began to self release material as Mary Cigarettes. Check out his extensive writing on wordpress and music on bandcamp and YouTube. SoundCloud in particular Tom says has some late period gems.

Tom Robinson paid tribute to Gray on his BBC 6 Music radio show on 4th May 2019. Tom was joined in studio by author and lecturer Noel McLaughlin, co-author of ‘Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2‘ which features a chapter on Gray. Also appearing in the tribute are Gavin Martin who started the Alternative Ulster fanzine inspiring the Stiff Little Fingers track and producer & author Simon Napier Bell.

Perfect Crime recorded a Fanning session in 1982 and Gregory Gray was a studio guest on the Dave Fanning Show a number of times as remembered by Noel McLaughlin with one particular incident according to Ian Wilson generating some listener complaint. Also mentioned is the August 1996 Hot Press article ‘The Greatest Irish Rock Story Never Told’ by Stuart Clark.