Anthologies   •   Live For Ireland (IRL)

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  • Live For Ireland
    • 1987 - MCA Records MCGD 6027 LP [x2] (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. Don't Believe A Word (Phil Lynott) — Thin Lizzy
    2. The Lark (Dónal Lunny) — Moving Hearts
    3. My Friend John (Meehan, Brennan, Lee) — Those Nervous Animals
    4. A Sense Of Freedom (Herbert O'Hanlon) — Les Enfants
    5. The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheeba In Galway (Handel, Arr. Gavin, Finn, McDonagh) — De Dannan
    6. Old Pal (Brush Shiels) — Brush Shiels
    7. Don't Pay The Ferryman (Chris De Burgh) — Chris De Burgh
  • Side Two
    1. Harry's Game (Paul Brennan) — Clannad
    2. Rock'N'Roll Fantasy (Liam Reilly) — Bagatelle
    3. Keep On Climbin' (Freddie White) — Freddie White
    4. Boil The Breakfast Early (Paddy Moloney) — The Chieftains
    5. Steel River (Chris Rea) — Chris Rea
    6. Tell Me (Blue In Heaven) — Blue In Heaven
    7. Maggies Farm (Bob Dylan) — U2
  • Side Three
    1. Dirty Old Town (Ewan McColl) — The Pogues (Introduced by Ronnie Drew)
    2. Seven Into The Sea (In Tua Nua) — In Tua Nua
    3. Follow Me (Rory Gallagher) — Rory Gallagher
    4. Exiles (D. Woods, T. Knight) — Auto Da Fe
    5. Carol (Sonny Connell) — Scullion
    6. Leave My Kitten Alone (Willie John, Titus Turner) — Elvis Costello And The Attractions
    7. Here Comes The Knight (Van Morrison) — Van Morrison
  • Side Four
    1. Skidoo (Steve Cooney, Arr. Stockton's Wing) — Stocktons Wing
    2. Independence (B. Twohill, J. Nicholl, P. Sheeran) — Big Self
    3. The Island (Paul Brady) — Paul Brady
    4. Feel It Now (O'Donnell) — The Fountainhead
    5. The Bridge (Cactus World News) — Cactus World News
    6. Looking After No. 1 (Bob Geldof) — The Boomtown Rats
    7. Make It Work (Christy Moore) — Christy Moore, Paul Doran

  • Credits
    • Album Executive Producer: Avril MacRory
    • Album Co-ordinator: Tony Boland
    • Sound Executive: Jack Peoples
    • Self-Aid devised & co-ordinator by Niall Mathews & Tony Boland
    • Radio Producer: Bill O'Donovan
    • Executive Producer: Niall Mathews
    • Concert Manager: Jim Aiken
    • Concert Sound Engineer: Joe O'Herlihy
    • Concert Coordinator: Steve Iredale
    • Photography by Colm Henry & Tina Christiansen
    • Sleeve Design, Typography & Art Direction: Steve Averill for the Creative Dept. Ltd. Dublin

The Self-Aid Trust wishes to thank the staffs of R.T.E. Radio and Television, Principle Management Ltd., O.J. Kilkenny & Co., Windmill Lane Studios, and also the following; Joe Boland, Paula Jones, Dorothy McCauley and Cathy O'Connor.

The Chieftains appear courtesy of RCA Red Seal Records, a division of BMG, Inc., U2 appear by kind permission of Island Records Ltd., Clannad appear courtesy of BMG Records, UK) Ltd., Gary Moore appears courtesy of 10 Records Ltd., Thin Lizzy: Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Billy Bremner, Gary Moore, Daran Whatron., Chris de Burgh appears courtesy of A & M Records., Chris Rea appears courtesy of Magnet Records, Christy Moore appears courtesy of WEA Records, The Fountainhead appears courtesy of China Records, Elvis Costello and The Attractions appears courtesy of Demon Records, The Pogues appears courtesy of Stiff Records, In Tua Nua appears courtesy of Virgin Records, Cactus World News appears courtesy of MCA Records, Van Morrison appears courtesy of Phonogram International B.V., Paul Brady appears courtesy of Phonogram International B.V., The Boomtown Rats appear courtesy of Phonogram Ltd., Stockton's Wing appears courtesy of Polygram Records Ltd. Ireland.

A special thanks to all the artists, their managements, record companies, producers, engineers and studios without whose generosity and co-operation this album would not have been possible.

Sleeve Notes

This live album is a record and a recording of an extraordinary day in Irish social history — May 17th 1986. On that day, thirty Irish bands stormed their way through a fourteen hour concert which gathered the biggest ever television audience in Ireland.

The concert was called "Self-aid" and the purpose of this celebration of Irish contemporary music was to highlight and help the chronic unemployment problem in Ireland. In May of 1986 there were nearly a quarter of a million people unemployed in Ireland - this in a country of just three and a half million people.

The concert itself was the largest ever staged in Ireland. The musicians taking part in Self-Aid gave their talents and time free of charge, not only for the concert but also for this album, the profits of which will go to the Self-Aid Trust to further the work begun in May 1986.

This album is a tribute to those musicians who took part in Self-Aid and to all those artists we wish to say 'Thank You' for your talent and selfless generosity.

Niall Mathews
Tony Boland