Big blue as muso Ranglin pulls out of Bluesfest

Ernest Ranglin the Jamaican guitarist and composer.
Ernest Ranglin the Jamaican guitarist and composer. john mccutcheon

A PUBLIC stoush has emerged between Byron Bay's Bluesfest boss Peter Noble and the agents of Jamaican musician Ernest Ranglin following Ranglin pulling out of the 2014 music festival.

Ranglin was billed to appear in the Jamaican Legends Tour at Bluesfest, however he cancelled amid claims he had never signed a contract to play at the festival.

Peter Noble lashed out at the cancellation this week in an open letter to the media in which he wrote: "The usual excuse (for artist's cancelling) is 'unknown circumstances' which ought to be listed at No 1 in the list of the greatest lies in music today."

Mr Noble claims the festival did have confirmation in writing from Ranglin's manager, Mark van den Bergh from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as well as acknowledgement from Ranglin in emails.

"In contract law this is called offer and acceptance and is binding - subject to a contract being finally issued and fully executed - which both parties would expect to occur in the coming weeks," Mr Noble said.

Peter Noble claims the cancellation stemmed from Ranglin's French agent, Christian Georgiadis, feeling left out of the booking negotiations.

In a statement this week, Noble called on Georgiadis to "Do the right thing" and "stop manipulating an 81 year old man. Stop preventing him from working."

Ranglin's French agent responded by insisting his company "never aimed for nor dared to damage the reputation of Bluesfest."

Georgiadis described Peter Noble's statement as "an untrustworthy and unfair campaign".

"Its public exposure seems unfounded and to certain extent, also ridiculous," he told The Music Network.

"Having "manipulated" Mr Ranglin is a wrong and misleading assumption which lacks of arguments and rather stands for a shady accusation," Georgiadis stated.

"If Ernest Ranglin has decided to decline to perform Bluesfest as part of the Jamaican Legends project, then he must have had his good and own reasons."

Peter Noble said the festival was looking to replace Ernest Ranglin so Jamaican Legends Tour with so Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Bitty Mclean could occur.

Topics:  bluesfest bluesfest 2014

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