Anthologies   •   Live For Ireland (USA)

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  • Live For Ireland
    • 1988 - MCA Records MCA-42113 LP (USA)
  • Side One
    1. Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan) — U2
    2. Seven Into The Sea (In Tua Nua) — In Tua Nua
    3. Many Rivers To Cross (Jimmy Cliff) — Elvis Costello and The Attractions
    4. Dirty Old Town (Ewan McColl) — The Pogues (Introduced by Ronnie Drew)
    5. The Island (Paul Brady) — Paul Brady
    6. Boil The Breakfast Early (Paddy Moloney) — The Chieftains
    7. Don't Pay The Ferryman (Chris De Burgh) — Chris De Burgh
  • Side Two
    1. The Bridge (Cactus World News) — Cactus World News
    2. Joey's On The Street Again (Bob Geldof) — The Boomtown Rats
    3. Theme From Harry's Game (Paul Brennan) — Clannad
    4. Feel It Now (O'Donnell) — The Fountainhead
    5. Here Comes The Knight (Van Morrison) — Van Morrison
    6. Make It Work (Christy Moore) — Christy Moore, Paul Doran
    7. Steel River (Chris Rea) — Chris Rea

  • Credits
    • Album Executive Producer: Avril MacRory
    • Album Co-ordinator: Tony Boland
    • Sound Executive: Jack Peoples
    • Self-Aid devised and co-ordinated by Niall Mathews and Tony Boland
    • Radio Producer: Bill O'Donovan
    • Executive Producer: Niall Mathews
    • Concert Manager: Jim Aiken
    • Concert Sound Engineer: Joe O'Herlihy
    • Concert Co-Ordinator: Steve Iredale
    • Domestic Album release coordinated by Cindi Peters and Sandra Bobek
    • Assembled by Michael Verdick
    • Photography by Colm Henry and Tina Christiansen
    • Sleeve Design, Typography and Art Direction by Stephen 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.

U2 appears courtesy of Island Records, In Tua Nua appears courtesy of Virgin Records, Elvis Costello and The Attractions appear courtesy of Columbia Records, The Chieftains appear courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, a division of BMG Classics, Chris De Burgh appears courtesy of A&M Records, The Boomtown Rats appear courtesy of Polygram Records, Clannad appears courtesy of RCA Records, The Fountainhead appears courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Van Morrison appears courtesy of Polygram Records, Paul Brady appears courtesy of Phonogram International B.V. , Christy Moore appears courtesy of WEA Records

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

Over the last twenty years, there has been a surge of new and exciting talent in rock and contemporary music in Ireland; witness the artists on this album. Their influence and the influence of many other emerging Irish bands is set to make an even greater impact on the music scene in the years to come than heretofore. 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