To Whom It May Concern


The Concerned – Show Some Concern (1985)

Kevin Jenkison writes:

A long-forgotten Irish charity supergroup that included Christy Moore, Linda Martin, Mary Black, Gerry Ryan and Pat Kenny is being remembered by aid agency Concern Worldwide – as it thanks them and many other celebrities who have supported its work over the years.

The Concerned, made up of over 40 Irish stars, had a number one hit in March and April 1985 with the song and music video ‘Show Some Concern’ – a catchy anthem with lots of big hair and a very 80s saxophone solo.

Concern’s one and only charity song – which was written by Paul Cleary from The Blades and produced by award-winning composer Bill Whelan – was the brainchild of the late Gerry Ryan and Paul Cleary’s then manager Mark Venner

Dave Fanning, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan, Linda Martin, Christy Moore, Mary Black,Twink (Adele King), Maxi (Irene McCoubrey), Maura O’Connell, Freddie White, Eamon Carr, Johnny Duhan (who wrote The Voyage), Dave King (now singer with Flogging Molly) and Barry Lang are among those singing their hearts out in the video, which was filmed at the legendary Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin.

Clannad, The Blades, Stockton’s Wing, Toy with Rhythm, Golden Horde and Sligo group Those Nervous Animals were among the Irish bands who assembled for the recording.


15 thoughts on “To Whom It May Concern

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    It’s not too lay hay hate to learn
    Show oh oh some Con-cern.


    1. Murtles

      Twas 80’s-tastic to be sure. Aww I remember Those Nervous Animals too, great band. Worth a YouTube search to have a look at “My Friend John” at Self Aid in 1986 versus a revival of it in 2014 at a concert.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        That’s a great song. The singer sounds like Kermit the Frog, though, which makes me keep giggling as I listen to it. I don’t think I’ve heard it since the 80s.

        1. Neilo

          @Andy: It’s an ace song for sure, the vocalist has a bit of a Boz Scaggs thing goin’ on too (Boz is the Marmite of chanteurs, but I’m a huge fan).

  2. Brother Barnabas

    “because I hope I can do something for the small babies”

    I’m going to do my very best to use that line at some stage today

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Just to clarify: you’re sure you said FOR, not TO?
          Coz that’s a whole ‘nother thing.

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