Town in mourning for musician Jeremy
THROUGHOUT his life Jeremy Oliver was one of the most renowned guitarists on the Drogheda music scene and this week, his tragic death has caused widespread mourning in the town.Musicians and music lovers were rocked by news of the death of the man who has been a stalwart of the Drogheda music scene for 20 years.
Musicians and music lovers were rocked by news of the death of the man who has been a stalwart of the Drogheda music scene for 20 years.
Jeremy died last Saturday night and since then tributes and condolences have been pouring in from those who knew him.
Famed in Drogheda for his many sessions with The Oliver Brothers, in which he starred alongside his brother Marc.
His family and many friends remembered him fondly this week, not just as a musician but as a loving father and a good friend.
A close family relation said Jeremy’s life revolved around music and his son Jamie Oliver, now six years old.
Dave McEwan, with whom he played music for 16 years said Jeremy was a ‘gifted musician’ and his death has shocked and saddened those who knew him.
For the past three years, Jeremy has played in McPhail’s pub every Monday night without fail. Last Monday, on hearing of his death, hundreds went to the pub to pay tribute to him. Although the band did not play, Jeremy’s latest album, which was completed just weeks before his death, was played in a poignant tribute.
The album, which is a collection of songs sung by Jeremy over the past 20 years, featuring many of the musicians he played with in that time, will be released next year in rememberance of him.
Dave McEwan, who produced the album with Jeremy, said it will be a fitting tribute to him.
One of Jeremy’s closest friends throughout his life was his brother Marc. The two started playing music together as children and continued until Jeremy’s death.
Marc wrote this week that his brother was a ‘show stopper, a precision master, brother and father.’ He described him as a ‘generous soul, charmed and gifted, a pivotal person, responsible for large gatherings. He brought joy to many through his music. He was ever the entertainer because he was a funny guy.’
Jeremy is survived by son Jamie, brother Marc, parents Patricia and Gerry and sister Eileen.)
His funeral will be held today (Wednesday December 22) in Rathmolyon Church in Trim at 11am. His remains be cremated at Mt Jerome crematorium in Harold’s Cross at 2.15pm.