THE top Irish bands asked to contribute songs to a new charity album in aid of Pieta House all responded within 24 hours to the request.
The bands - all 18 of them - were asked to contribute songs by Live 95FM presenter Alan Jacques, who had his own personal reasons for raising funds for the suicide and self-harm crisis centre.
“When I approached people initially and said this is what I am doing, I explained to them that I had a rough year last year myself after losing my job, and I went to Pieta House to get through a very dark time in my own life,” explained Alan.
“After coming out the other side of that I sent Joan Freeman of Pieta House a letter thanking her, but I felt it wasn’t enough, I was thinking about what I could do to help them.
“They really do amazing work and they were there for me. So when I approached the acts they all responded and within 24 hours I had 18 tracks, they all wanted to be involved, every single one of them, which really rekindled my faith in the goodness of people, it meant a lot to me personally and they have contributed to something that will hopefully mean a lot to other people as well,” he added.
The resulting offering is Life Support - an album featuring Delorentos, The Coronas, Windings, Wallis Bird, We Cut Corners and The Flaws and more - which was launched in Dolan’s Warehouse last Sunday night. It is available in HMV and Tesco for €10, with all proceeds to go directly to Pieta House.
“I think it is quality from start to finish, it is a nice mix of established Irish acts and some new ones as well,” explained Alan.
“To me Life Support represents a celebration of life through music, it is a life affirming thing really,” he added.
Nora Conway, centre manager in Pieta’s Mungret facility, said: “For somebody to come out and tell their experience and how they have come out the other side of it, is huge”.
“It creates awareness and will encourage people to come and seek help and make a difference to their lives. This is an overwhelmingly positive initiative that will raise both funds for and the profile of Pieta House and Alan has made a significant contribution to lifting the stigma around suicide,” she added.