“He was phenomenally known and loved in the Irish music scene,” commented Mary Stokes.
The Irish music community continues to pay tribute to Jim Tate, following news of his passing. Tate was a well-known presence at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, having worked there for 33 years. He was also a bassist, who played with many Irish artists and bands during his career, including Eleanor McEvoy, the BTs, The Mary Stokes Band and Toy With Rhythm.
The National Concert Hall are among those who paid tribute to their “wonderful colleague and friend”, adding that they “are devastated”.
“Jim worked at NCH for 33 years and we’re sure if you were backstage at any time you would have met the ever-smiling, helpful, accommodating and hard-working Jim who had the best jokes for every occasion,” the NCH said. written online. “He was the reassuring face for all the artists as they prepared to take the stage. While Jim loved his job at NCH, he was never happier than when he had his bass in his hands and played with many well-known artists and bands throughout his long musical career.
“Jim, you will be greatly missed by everyone,” the statement continued. “We send our condolences to Debbie and Darragh and Jim’s extended family and huge circle of friends on this sad day. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”
— National Concert Hall (@NCH_Music) June 13, 2022
Sharing the news on Twitter, Tate’s friend and former bandmate Eleanor McEvoy noted that she was “beyond sad”.
“A member of my first real band, his bass glissando is the very first sound you hear on A Woman’s Heart” she wrote. “My heart goes out to Debbie and their son Darragh. Jim – it was a pleasure.”
I am beyond sad to say that my friend and former band member Jim Tate has just passed away. Member of my first real band, his bass glissando is the very first sound you hear on “A Woman’s Heart”. My heart goes out to Debbie and their son Darragh.
Jim – it was a pleasure 😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/Cbn8IHt2lA
— Eleanor McEvoy (@eleanormcevoy) June 13, 2022
irish singer Mary Stokes also shared her memories of Tate.
“He was phenomenally known and loved in the Irish music scene,” she commented. “A member of so many bands – from BTs (Joe Savino), Toy With Rhythm, especially with Eleanor McEvoy, Lá Bata. As well as playing with The Mary Stokes Band, he’s played with The Edsel Boys, Absolutely Yo, with Brian and a myriad of other bands.
“Brian and I were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news. Then, just as suddenly, we have a memory of Jim which is one of many moments of laughter, puns, musical talk, shit talk , of music played, crazy and wild sessions disturbing poor neighbors with abandon, and gigs entertaining bettors and ourselves – and more over the years… Years of sessions in apartments and clubs and bars and venues and back to another session; late night, full of life, laughter, music, music and more.
“Our deepest condolences to his wife, Debbie, to his son Darragh, and to all of the amazingly large community of people who have known, loved and respected Jim over these long years; the big smile, the “Howerye ” the game, the brilliant musicality and the craic. Rest Jim.
Phil MacSheoinín, technical director of the National Opera House, described Tate as “an industry legend”.
It is with sadness that I learn of Jim Tate’s passing.
Jim was a faithful @NCH_Music and an industry legend. A finer man you couldn’t meet.
He will be greatly missed.
— Phil MacSheoinin (@MacSheoinin_) June 13, 2022
Tate’s funeral took place today at St Paul of the Cross Church, Mount Argus. See more tributes below:
A few weeks ago, I learned from the son of a former bandmate, an older man, that Johnny had passed away. Not unexpected at his age. A charming and charming gentleman.. and his son was the same.
Today I learn that his son followed him 💔#TO TEAR APART Jim Tate
— A Band Called Paul — “Alive” w/ Joel ID, June 29 (@aBandCalledPaul) June 13, 2022
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I want to recognize and pay tribute to a handsome man who always put a smile on my face even though the camera didn’t always pick it up. He will never be forgotten. Thinking of his wife Debbie and his son Darragh.
RIP dear Jim
Kieran x 💔#jimtate
— The Remedy Club (@club_remedy) June 13, 2022
The Chamber Choir Ireland team are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Tate, a true gentleman who was always so generous in helping others. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at the National Concert Hall. https://t.co/0AzUWB44Wd
— Chamber Choir of Ireland (@ChamberChoirIre) June 14, 2022