Dave Fanning

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Singers Una Healy and Loah, presenters of The Heart of Saturday Night on RTÉ One. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

There is a welcome Ronseal quality to Fanning at Whelan’s. Dave Fanning walks along Dublin’s semi-deserted Wexford Street telling viewers that for an (...)

Walk over to the telly, turn the button, and walk back to the sofa

Not long ago Pricewatch read an excellent column by our colleague Mary Minihan in which she wrote about a few things that were ever-present in her chi(...)

Broadcasting funding of €1.4m has been allocated to support the Covid-hit live music sector.

A radio talent search for musicians in each county of the Republic and an RTÉ One television programme called Your Song: the People’s Playlist are am(...)

The 1980s in Irish music tend to be eulogised retrospectively as chiefly about U2 and Sinéad O’Connor. Dublin venues were reportedly thronged with hor(...)

Pat Critchley coaching the Scoil Chríost Rí side in the Under-16A Girls’ All-Ireland Schools Cup Final at the  National Basketball Arena in  Tallaght in 2017. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pat Critchley forgets nothing. He has the natural born teacher’s gift for absorbing names and faces and remembering the best of their lessons. Some of(...)

RTÉ broadcaster Larry Gogan in 1969. The naturally warm voice ensured his career flourished.

Larry Gogan Born: May 3rd, 1934 Died: January 7th, 2020 Larry Gogan, who has died in Dublin aged 85, was for nearly six decades the voice of pop radi(...)

The Atrix: Chris Green, Hugh Friel, John Borrowman and Dick Conroy. Their complex songs produced by Phil Chevron, Midge Ure and John Leckie are brilliant exemplars of the intelligent new wave.

The Magnet Bar. Pearse Street. Late 1980. The Atrix play. Swirls of image and lyrics, vectors of vivid and deft poetics layered across the kaleidoscop(...)

While in London, Michael O’Shea would perform in Covent Garden and on the tube passageways of the West End. The instrument he is playing, which he called Mo Chara, was made out of a door he found in a skip. Photograph: Edward Graham Lewis

 “The music echoes in the emptiness. It reminds us where we came from and where we’re bound.” David Mutti Clark was referring to the blues in his(...)

The Blades. Photograph: Terry Thorp

“I came from England in 1978 as I thought there was a great opportunity in Dublin for punk to flourish, but instead I was confronted with a narrow-min(...)

Larry Gogan: His lifelong mission to share the joy of music continues. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s a tribute to the enduring enthusiasm and professionalism of Larry Gogan that news of the veteran RTÉ star’s retirement from 2FM after close to si(...)

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