|Dates connected with James:||1980-1988|
Gavan Whelan was the original drummer in James from their inception through to his departure in late 1988. Older James fans still remember him fondly for his great energy and enthusiasm and his peerless mastery of the drums and sonic contributions to the early James sound. After his departure, Gavan retreated from the industry after a brief spell working with Green On Red and as a drum tech with the Happy Mondays.
Gavan is back in the music industry, working as a producer for an upcoming band called Alive, producing their forthcoming single and playing drums on one of the tracks. He’s also been known to join the band on stage for their storming rendition of Sit Down. He has also recently signed a publishing deal.
His own story about his time with James and his departure and activities since remain surrounded in mystery and mystique. But noone can doubt the lasting contribution that Gavan made to James both in terms of recorded output and band philosophy.