Promoter sues Culture Company over Jools dispute

Jools Holland.
Jools Holland.

A concert promoter is taking legal action against Derry’s Culture Company over moves to bring big band legend Jools Holland to the city for a massive New Year’s Eve bash.

The ‘Journal’ has learned that Strabane-based Joe Gallagher Entertainments has issued a writ for “monies due and owing” against the Culture Company.

When contacted by the ‘Journal’, Joe Gallagher - who is Jools Holland’s promoter in Ireland - would only say: “I have issued legal proceedings and, therefore, do not consider it appropriate to make any comment.”

A spokesperson for Derry City Council said the writ “for an alleged breach of contract” was issued against the Culture Company and not Derry City Council.

It’s understood the possibility of putting on a Jools Holland concert as a way of kicking-off the 2013 celebrations in spectacular fashion had been discussed in recent months.

It’s believed one of the venues under consideration for the planned gig was the new arena at Ebrington which can hold up to 4,000 people standing.

However, the possibility of this happening now looks unlikely.

Jools Holland - regarded as “Mr. New Year’s Eve” thanks to his popular annual ‘Hootenanny” music show - is no stranger to Derry.

His 18-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra has topped the bill on a number of occasions at the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.

Holland was a founder member of Squeeze and his work has involved him with many top artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), and Bono.

Earlier this year, he performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.