Friday 23 February 2018

Promoter agrees not to use singer's name

Tim Healy

A MUSIC promoter yesterday agreed not to use the name of a well-known singer in material promoting a concert tour.

Singer Johnny McEvoy's name had been used in a 'Best of Irish' tour, the High Court heard.

The singer, whose hits include 'Spancil Hill' and 'The Boston Burglar', claims James McGarrity and JW Promotions used his name to promote the tour without his consent.

The High Court adjourned an application for an injunction by Mr McEvoy after his counsel said they had received a letter from the defendants stating that the material in question would be withdrawn

David Hegarty said the defendants had also undertaken that there would be no further publicity in relation to the singer. Mr Justice Roderick Murphy adjourned the matter to next month.

Mr McGarrity and JW Promotions, both of Romoan Avenue, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, are promoting the 'Best of Irish' tour this month and next.

It is claimed that on January 22, Mr McEvoy's agent, Darren Farrell, told the promoters he would be unable to perform due to prior commitments.

Despite this, it is claimed, they sought to promote the tour using Mr McEvoy's image and name. Repeated requests were made to remove his name from advertisements but the defendants refused to do so.

In an affidavit from Mr Farrell, he said when he was first contacted by the promoters in January, by email, about the tour, he told them he did not think Mr McEvoy would be available but to send on the dates so he could "confirm it with Johnny tonight".

Irish Independent

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