Monday 25 September 2017

Wedding band dispute before High Court

By Ray Managh and Aodhan O’Faolain

The lead singer in one of the country’s most successful wedding bands is to ask the High Court for leave to challenge what he described as a bid by his two co-musicians to steamroll the group into the ground.

Edmond Kenny, of Carrick Vale, Edenderry, Co Offaly, told Mr Justice Brian McGovern that “unhappy differences” had arisen between himself, David Lynch and Robert Pender, both with addresses in The Sycamores, Edenderry.

Barrister Michael Vallely said the three musicians were directors of a company, Eden Music Limited, which had successfully run Eden Band, a trio that played mainly at wedding receptions throughout the country.

He said Mr Kenny had been replaced by another lead singer and his joint directors were threatening to liquidate the company.

Mr Kenny said that at a time when the band was not booked for weddings he had done his brother-in-law a favour by performing as a solo artist in his pub. 

Lead guitarist Pender and keyboards player David Lynch took exception to this and had tried to remove his as a director of the company.  He had since been replaced at a time when the band had about 60 bookings worth €96,000.

Attempts had been made to liquidate the company without any reference to him as a fellow director.  Mediation attempts had failed and he had been replaced as lead singer in what was now operating as ‘The Eden Wedding Band’.

Mr Kenny said his fellow directors had registered ‘Eden Band’ as a business name in what appeared to have been an attempt to convert one of the company’s principal assets to their own use.

He said that when he operated with the band each member of the trio paid themselves €440 each per gig. He was prepared, as a compromise arrangement, to accept a payment of €323 per event for each of the four people now associated with the band.

Andrew King, counsel for Mr Lynch and Mr Pender, told the court that Mr Kenny’s share of salary was being reserved for him in a company account. He would require an adjournment to file an affidavit of evidence on behalf of his clients.

Judge McGovern adjourned the proceedings until the new law term early in October.

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