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Dolly Parton's sister to sue concert promoter

By Aideen Sheehan

The sister of singing star Dolly Parton is to take legal action against a Northern Irish concert promoter.

Stella Parton has said she intends to take action when she is next in Ireland, claiming James McGarrity (below) falsely promoted that she would appear in Ireland but pulled out because of bad weather.

Mr McGarrity's company JW Promotions was wound up for non-payment of debts earlier this month. But it can be revealed that he is already back promoting another country music festival to be held in Donegal next year.

Mr McGarrity has had a difficult year, being hit with a £68,000 libel bill when he lost a case in November taken by country star Johnny McEvoy.

Mr McEvoy was horrified at being falsely included as a performer for a concert promoted by Mr McGarrity. The singer's manager was awarded £85,000 over the same case.

Now Nashville singer Stella Parton has revealed she is also furious at Mr McGarrity for falsely claiming she would take part in a 'Grand Ladies Of Country' concert tour in Ireland last year, and then claiming she had cancelled because of bad weather.

Ms Parton said that in more than 40 years singing, she had never encountered a similar situation, and intends to find an Irish lawyer to take action the next time she travels here.

Mr McGarrity's company was wound up in Belfast High Court on December 7 following a petition taken by another Nashville record label River Run Records over his failure to pay €15,000 (£12,500) owed to it.

But just two days later he posted on his website details of his CountryFest 5 festival to be held in Letterkenny next summer. Mr McGarrity declined to comment in relation to Ms Parton's allegations or his business situation.


Stella Parton - an American country singer/songwriter - is the younger sister of Dolly Parton and musician and businessman Randy Parton. She was the sixth of 12 children. Her biggest hit was the 1975 song I Want To Hold You In My Dreams Tonight.

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