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Ann Scanlon presents A Love Letter to… Derry

Ann Scanlon presents A Love Letter to… Derry

Playing tracks by

The Undertones, Damian O'Neill And The Monotones, The Wavewalkers, Luke Kelly & The Dubliners, Them and more.

Chart positions

This show was 26th in the global interview chart, 43rd in the global indie rock chart and 75th in the global alternative chart.

Ann Scanlon presents A Love Letter to… Derry — a place that has given us such incredible bands, songwriters and voices as The Undertones, Phil Coulter, Seamus Heaney, Cecil Frances Alexander, Johnny McCauley, That Petrol Emotion, The Everlasting Yeah, The Wavewalkers, The Wesleys and Strength NIA. Oh, and Amazing Grace.

Ann is joined live in the studio by guitar hero and songwriter Damian O'Neill, who is best known as an Undertone, but who is about to release a brilliant new album with The Monotones, Refit Revise Reprise.

Big thanks to Brian O'Neill (who was also in the studio), Cathi Unsworth and Lee Dyson for making this show happen.


Ted Carroll

Thanks Ann ~ those Quigley boys were definitely the business! By the way, I've been thinking, if you haven't done it already 'A Love Letter to The Dublin Castle' might be a good one ~ everyone played there, including Madness, BLUR, The BigTown Playboys, James Hunter, Diz & The Doormen, Plastic Fantastic, Radiators From Space, The Libertines, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Supergrass, The Meteors, Pogues and many others. I've not heard all your shows, so maybe you have done this already and I've missed it!

Ted Carroll
Ted Carroll

Hi Ann
Love the show! It's interesting that these bands are continuing a Derry tradition. Back in the late Fifties and early Sixties, there several great showbands originating from Derry, including The Johnny Quigley All-Stars, The Magificent Seven, The Gay McIntyre Showband, The Derry City Showband and others. The story was that back then, there was so little work available in Derry, that loads of guys wanted to join showbands to try to make a few bob. The fondly remembered Johnny Quigley Showband were undoubtedly the top band to ever come out of Derry. They had an 8 / 9 piece line up and could play Rock'n'Roll (properly), Country, Swing, Pop, Latin American and Jazz.
keep up the good work!
Ted Carroll

Boogaloo Radio

Hi Ted

Thanks very much for listening to the show and for taking the time to post this. Really glad you enjoyed it. I have been listening to your show from last Monday this afternoon, and a couple of other shows that I hadn't heard before. I loved that Johnny Flamingo ballad, and it was really nice to hear those Coasters tracks and you talking about the Johnny Quigley All Stars.

Before the Derry show, I was reading the chapter on Phil Coulter in a book that either you or Roger (Armstrong) recommended to me years ago: Send 'Em Home Sweatin': The Showbands Story by Vincent Power (not our Vince). Phil C talked lots about how he was transfixed by the sound and the glamour of the Johnny Quigley band. He said what you were saying last Monday: Nobody could do the Coasters like they did.

Thanks again for your message, and hope to see you in the Boogaloo sometime.


Ferg Ranson
Ferg Ranson

For me, Just Wanna Be With You is the pick of the album. Just love it.