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.
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.