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McNamara hits a sour note in debtor's journal

Pianist and former musical director of The Late Late Show, Frank McNamara has been given an unexpected billing -- in Stubbs Gazette.

Mr McNamara, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, has appeared in the latest edition of the debtor's journal after two judgements of €2,107 were ordered against him by a district court in Co Meath on February 12.

The plaintiff in the case was Hampton Square Management Ltd, a property company based in Baggot St, Dublin, a spokesman for the Gazette confirmed today.

Mr McNamara, who is married to former TV presenter Theresa Lowe, stood for the Progressive Democrats at the last general election in Dublin South Central, but failed to be elected.

He is recognised as a highly accomplished classical musician, conductor and musical arranger.

He arranged and produced two consecutive winners at the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to his online biography, Mr McNamara became a pianist with the RTE Symphony Orchestra (now the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland) in 1978.

In June 1979, he became the Musical Director of RTE's The Late Late Show, a position at which he excelled for 20 years. In 1981, he graduated with music honours from Trinity College in Dublin.

He released his first solo album, Irish Reflections, in October 1985.

It went straight to No 1 on the Irish Pop Charts and stayed there for three weeks. Since then he has had several gold, platinum, and triple platinum records in several countries including Ireland, New Zealand and the United States, both as a soloist and as a producer of others.

In 1992 and 1993, he produced and arranged two consecutive winners at the Eurovision Song Contest taking over responsibility as musical director for the 1997 event.

He has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony and the Boston Pops, and his musical works have been performed around the world.