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Northern Ireland promoter on fraud charges over Shetland country gig

Hearing: James McGarrity
Hearing: James McGarrity

By Staff Reporter

A former promoter described as "a country and western impresario" is facing allegations of fraud over an alleged concert in the Shetland Isles featuring the American star Hal Ketchum.

Dungannon Magistrates Court heard James McGarrity is accused of making a false representation to Shetland Country Music Club that he could arrange for Ketchum to perform a concert in October 2013 with intent to make a gain for himself and loss to the club.

This allegedly occurred on dates between May and September 2013.

In addition, it is alleged that 39-year-old McGarrity, of Ramoan Avenue, Ballycastle, supplied a false Flybe travel itinerary in July 2013, knowing it had been designed or adapted for use in fraud.

Both charges are denied, and District Judge John Meehan listed a contest for hearing on March 4.

McGarrity previously operated as JW Promotions Ltd, but the company was wound up some time ago.

Ketchum has released 11 studio albums since 1986, with 1991 album Past The Point of Rescue his most commercially successful.

Between 1991 and 2006 Ketchum had 17 entries on the Hot Country Songs charts. Three of his singles - Small Town Saturday Night, Past The Point of Rescue and Hearts Are Gonna Roll - all reached number 2 on this chart.

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