Saturday 14 December 2019

Move over Band Aid! Remember these 80s Irish charity singles?

Performance of Let's Make it Work with Bono, Bob Geldof, and Moya Brennan
Performance of Let's Make it Work with Bono, Bob Geldof, and Moya Brennan
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The original Band Aid inspired a spate of charity gigs and singles in the 80s, and the generous nation of Ireland was no different.

Just a month after Bob Geldof spearheaded Band Aid in the UK for Christmas 1984, Ireland had its very own charity single.

The assembled musicians, called The Concerned, recorded the song 'Show Some Concern', penned by Paul Cleary of the Blades, at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.

The aim was to raise money for Concern's famine relief projects in Ethiopia and Sudan and Irish stars including Mary Black, Twink, Linda Martin, Maxi, Ray Lynam, Freddie White, Marua O'Connell, BP Fallon, Red Hurley all lent their vocals.

Apparently bands Toy with Rhythm, Fastway, Quarterdeck, Grand Slam, Those Nervous Animals, The Host, and Light a Big Fire were also involved.

We're loving the mullets.


The following year Bono headed up another Irish charity project with Self Aid - Let's Make it Work.

Self Aid was a benefit concert for unemployment held in Dublin in May 1986, the aim of which was to highlight the plight of the 250,000 unemployed in the country.  Profits from the concert and the subsequent album, Live for Ireland, went to the Self Aid Trust.

Musicians including Moya Brennan, Larry Mullen, Donal Lunny, The Chieftains, Bob Geldof, and Chris De Burgh all performing for free over a period of 14 hours.  Phil Lynnot had just passed away and there was a special performance by a reformed Thin Lizzy.

The finale song was 'Let's Make it Work' penned by Christy Moor and Paul Doran.

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