Philly Jays Announce Drummer #4
News posted Friday, October 1 2010 at 12:00 PM.
Related: Philadelphia Grand Jury.
Philadelphia Grand Jury have added yet another drummer to their ranks, following the departure of much-loved sticksman Calvin Welch (that's him on the left).
The rigours of the road have proved too arduous for the 55-year-old, a former session guy for Earth Wind & Fire and Sonny Stitt, who played his first show with the band at the BIGSOUND industry summit last year.
“This will probably come as a shock to a lot of people, but we’re extremely sad to say that Calvin Welch won’t be drumming with us in Philadelphia Grand Jury any more,” read a statement from the band’s bassist MC Bad Genius. “No one is angry, but it simply hasn’t been working. Calvin has a wife and children to support and being in a totally independent band with a lot of hard touring to come over the next few years and it just wasn’t viable to keep going with the current setup.
“Berkfinger and I are both extremely grateful for the excellent times we’ve had with Calvin and there is always a chance of all of us doing stuff together again in the future, as it seems that none of our drummers can stay away from us for too long!”
Welch’s replacement is none other than Berlin-based, Brisbane-born Susanna Patten from I Heart Hiroshima, who will perform with the band on their upcoming UK, US and 26-date Australian tour, which kicks off at the Republic Bar in Hobart on November 4 (more dates here).
Patten is the fourth drummer to play with the Philly Jays, following Welch, Dan W Sweat (Art vs. Science) and fill-in drummer Emergency Ivan.