After a long battle with cancer, Billy Bryans, best known for his work as a drummer with the Parachute Club (and also known as a producer, promoter and DJ) died today at the age of 63.
Bryans was born in Montreal and ended up on Toronto’s Queen Street at the end of the 80s, playing in acts like The Government. He also worked with Daniel Lanois at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton which is how Brian Eno (Lanois’ producing partner for all those U2 projects) came to be an admirer.
Eventually, Bryans joined Mama Quilla III, a Toronto group featuring singer Lorraine Segato. They eventually morphed into the Parachute Club, who had a series of Canadian hits through the 80s. When they folded, Bryans went on to work with South African and Latin sounds, playing in a variety of bands and getting involved in a number of projects.
A memorial event will be announced soon.