HM Northern Ireland to receive proceeds from Oh Yeah Legend Award concert in tribute to Jackie Flavelle

Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI) is honoured to receive the proceeds for an evening in tribute to the late great Jackie Flavelle as part of this year’s Sound of Belfast.

The Oh Yeah Legend Award will be presented posthumously to Jackie Flavelle during a night of live contemporary jazz and blues tomorrow evening Thursday 8 November.

Jackie was a giant in the jazz and blues scene in Northern Ireland, who sadly passed away in September of last year.  All proceeds from the awards evening will be donated to Help Musicians Northern Ireland, which supported Jackie throughout the final months of his life.

Jackie’s daughter Lisa has curated the special evening on Thursday 8 November to celebrate his exceptional contribution to music, with performances from Ciaran Lavery, Matt McGinn, Ronnie Greer and John McCullough, John Wilson/Sam Davidson (Taste), Linley Hamilton/Lewis Smith/Suzanne Savage, Billy Boy Miskimmon, Reverend Doc, Chris Taplin and Ben Flavelle-Cobain, Jackie’s grandson.

Jackie became aware of Help Musicians Northern Ireland in 2016 through his friend Henry McCullough, who was supported throughout his own terminal illness. At the time, Jackie had been using a low-quality hearing aid that did not allow him to perform freely on stage. After an assessment, HMNI funded bespoke hearing aids for Jackie from Harley Street Hearing, who specialise in helping musicians.

Having been orphaned at age six and raised by his extended family, playing music and being part of the musical community was hugely important to Jackie. It was his uncle Billy, a flautist, who first introduced Jackie to music, and it shaped his life from there.  After Jackie received his cancer diagnosis, Help Musicians helped in a variety of capacities to ensure that he could continue to play music for as long as possible.

Jackie’s daughter, Lisa Flavelle, said: “Dad didn’t want to retire, and Help Musicians helped him to continue playing. Playing really was everything to him”.

Caroline Hansell, HMUK’s Head of Regional Development, said: “We at HMNI would like to wholeheartedly thank Lisa and the Flavelle family for the incredibly kind and generous donation. HMNI are here to support our musicians across their lifetimes and we are hugely humbled to have helped ease the final months of Jackie’s incredible life.”

A Jam for Jackie takes place on Thursday 8 November from 8pm until late at the Oh Yeah Music Centre and tickets are £10.


Help Musicians Northern Ireland offers practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre. If you’re struggling, or need help, advice, or someone to talk to, please call Music Minds Matter on 0808 802 8008 or visit our website.

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