- 18 Apr 19
Conor J. O'Brien, Mundy & Steve Wickham are among those who've paid tribute to Gentleman Joe
The Whelan’s flags are flying at half-mast following the death of one of the venue’s legendary figures, Joe Nicholson, who passed away this morning following a short illness. He's pictured here on the far right of the photo.
Having driven and tour managed the likes of Mary Coughlan and Hothouse Flowers, Joe started doing bits and pieces of work in the Wexford Street venue during the 1990s and eventually took over box-office duties. He also booked bands and DJs into the Whelan’s front-bar where he was often to be found holding court.
Conor J. O’Brien, Donal Dineen, Gavin Glass, Binzer Brennan, Joe Rooney, Steve Wickham, Dermot Lambert, Dave McGuinness and Mundy – “One of my favourite people ever,” the Birr singer says – are among those who’ve paid online tribute to Joe who was renowned for his generosity of spirit.
He had a great ear, often spotting the next big thing long before anybody else, and a finely calibrated bullshit detector.
Cutting a very elegant dash in his trademark Fedora, he had an endless supply of rock ‘n’ roll yarns – most of them true! – and a knowledge of the industry that was positively encyclopedic.
Joe loved people – and people loved him.
It’s with a heavy heart that we bring you the sad news that our beloved Joe Nicholson (right) passed away last night after a short illness. Joe will be known to many, as he was the keeper of the gate so to speak, manning our box office vigilantly.
He will be sorely missed. RIP pic.twitter.com/ZwlA1olaoV
— Whelan's (@whelanslive) April 18, 2019
..empty platitudes and for that reason his moderate enthusiasm for our music was all the more meaningful to me. Later on when we sold out Whelans he came up to me and said "Better this time.. I knew you guys had something". Rest well Joe; thanks for the realness and the kindness.
— Villagers (@wearevillagers) April 18, 2019