The popular promoter, manager and fondly loved raconteur Derek Nally died of a heart attack on Thursday 15 July, 2010. His sudden passing sent shockwaves throughout the entire Irish music community.
Derek worked with the great and the good over the years including Judy Collins, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Bert Jansch, John Cale, Guy Clarke, Townes Van Zandt, John Martyn, Allen Toussaint, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Alex Chilton, Arlo Guthrie, Booker T, and John Cooper Clarke, to mention just a few. He also managed the acclaimed Irish acts Juliet Turner and Ham Sandwich, steering their careers with remarkable passion and enthusiasm. Derek was particularly generous with his time when it came to offering advice to up and coming musicians, promoters and managers. His encyclopedic knowledge of music coupled with his straight-forward business ideals served him well in a long and esteemed career. His legacy is a positive example to everyone who works in the music industry.
Some of Derek’s numerous friends and associates will gather in Vicar St to present a fitting musical tribute to a great man entitled Songs for Derek. Artists confirmed to appear include: Howe Gelb, Bell X1 (acoustic), Mundy, Richie Egan (Jape/The Redneck Manifesto), David Kitt, The Walls, Freddie White, Tír na nÓg and
James Vincent McMorrow.