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No Journeys End the story of Michael O’Shea (2019)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2019 by Fanning Sessions
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Michael O’Shea and Sean O’Hagan (c) VOX

On Sunday Lyric FM broadcast ‘No Journeys End’ the latest documentary feature produced by Paul McDermott. It told the story of Michael O’Shea an experimental musician from Carlingford who released a self-titled album in 1982. McDermott recounts how Michael built his own instrument, played Ronnie Scott’s and featured on national television. The documentary features contributions from among others, Michael’s sister Rita, Graham Lewis (Wire), Stano, Tom Johnston (The The), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Mark Prendergast (Irish Rock) and Jim O’Mahony (Belsonic Sound). The album was reissued in 2019 by AllChival Records.An accompanying oral history offers further detail and context.

VOX Anthology 80-83

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 21, 2019 by Fanning Sessions


Founded by Dave Clifford in 1980, Vox was a seminal early-eighties Dublin magazine featuring avant-garde art, post-punk music and youth subcultures. Hi Tone Books has just published an anthology featuring facsimiles of all fifteen issues published between 1980 and 1983. Vox 80-83 is a 416 page volume which also includes additional insights, reflections and academic analysis from Stan Erraught, John Byrne and Orla Fitzpatrick, Steve Averill, Michael Murphy, Paul Cleary, Cathal Coughlan, Eoin Freeney, Helen Fitgerald, Sean O’Hagan, Roger Doyle, Elvera Butler and Gareth Ryan. There are also interviews with Dave Clifford, Stano and Con O’Laoghaire. The 300 copies printed have all but sold out so if you’d like get your hands on a copy we recommend moving fast, we found our copy at the Gallery Of Photography. John Fleming has an extensive piece in today’s Irish Times; ‘Dark dispatches from Dublin’s post-punk scene‘ which features the following playlist.

Wilderness Years (1985 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags , on March 15, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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(c) Vox Issue 15 (1983)

Wilderness Years were Ray Williams (vocals & guitar), Phil Nea (guitar), Derek Lee (bass) and Darragh Broe (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 17/09/1985 featuring 1.Don’t change your mind 2. Never knew how much I cared 3.Original Sin 4. Growing up with Winston. This track however is a demo which Dave Fanning played circa 1988. It was produced by a 17 year old Garret Lee aka Jacknife Lee in the Divine Word Missionary studio in Maynooth.  Derek Lee was previously in Sack  and later he and Darragh were members of Guernica.

Vacation Days (1985)