Mornings With Dave Fanning

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    Finbar Wright - Music & Chat

    Miriam's first guest this morning is regarded as one of our greatest romantic singers. He is also a celebrated tenor and has toured the world as part of the hugely successful Irish Tenors group. Next month he will be performing some of Pavarotti's best loved songs in a number of venues around the country. Finbar Wright joins Miriam in studio.

    For more information on Finbar go to


    The 4 of Us - music & chat

    In the new year it will be 25 years since Newry band The 4 of Us, burst on to the scene with the album 'Songs for the Tempted'. Brendan & Declan Murphy are marking the anniversary with a gig in Dublin's Vicar Street in March & this morning they join John in studio for a performance & chat.

    The 25th Anniversary gig is in Vicar Street on March 1st


    Iconic Singer Songwriter Suzanne Vega

    John recently caught up with Suzanne Vega on the phone from New York, ahead of her concert in Dublin in February next year. Suzanne tells John the stories behind her biggest hits & some you will certainly recognise.

    Suzanne Vega live in concert in Ireland headlining The Olympia on Thursday 20th February next year.

    Tickets available from all usual outlets.


    Singer Songwriter Josh Ritter

    American singer songwriter Josh Ritter is in studio with John this morning for a chat about his career  & performance.

    For upcoming tour dates in Ireland go to


    Hip-hop artist Deanie

    Ballymun hip-hop artist Deanie recently made it to the final of the talent hunt 'MTV Brand New for 2014 Unsigned' & Deanie joins John now to perform the song that got him noticed by MTV called 'Champion'. This morning he chats to John & sings another of his songs 'Keep Pushing On'.

    Deanie’s got a new single 'I have arrived' from the album ‘Forty’ released last Friday available now on iTunes. 


    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 18 July 1918-5 December 2013

    A great man has died & needless to say Nelson Mandela looms large on our programme over the next hour.

    His cause capitivated so many of us & we will hear some of the music & talk to people about his special qualities.

    Extracts from Nelson Madela's speeches have been set to music many times, but only on one occasion did he agree to recording for music & that was for Irish musician, John Hughes who joins John on the line this morning.


    More tributes to Nelson Mandela

    We play a song by Dolores Keane... 'Lion in a Cage' that hold lyrics that speak about Nelson Mandela's imprisonment in South Africa. John also reads a quote from Nelson Mandela 'Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically'.


    Gavin James - singer songwriter from Dublin

    Gavin James has been in this studio before & has treated us to some gorgeous songs, including 'Say Hello', This morning he joins John for a chat & a couple of performances.


    The Voice Squad

    In studio with John this morning for a performance & chat are The Voice Squad (Fran McPhail, Phil Callery & Gerry Cullen), after taking a break for ten years, they are back & preparing for two concerts in Dublin this week.

    The Voice Squad perform two special Christmas Concerts, St Anne's Church, Dawson Street Thursday 5th & Friday 6th, with Mairead NiDomhnaill.


    Cliff Richard

    He is one of the most successful recording artists ever & over the last six decades he has sold hundreds of millions of albums. Cliff Richard is in a league of his own & John recently spoke to Cliff & had a sneak peek at his record collection!

    Cliff launches his 100th album 'The Fabulous Rock n Roll Songbook'

    His Irish tour - gig in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is sold out - but tickets are available for Belfast - Odyssey Arena - 5th June 2014 & Cork - Live at the Marquee - 9th June 2014

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