Ed Hannaby RIP
07/12/1974 - 02/11/2018


03/11/18 - Musicians and jazz enthusiasts from many parts of the North West will be devastated to learn that the talented and versatile young drummer and vocalist Edward Hannaby died on Friday 2nd November at the age of 43 in Ireland, where he had been attending the Cork Jazz Festival. We learned on Tuesday that he was unconscious, having suffered a heart attack, fallen and injured his head, and he never regained consciousness. For several years he had been with Five and a Penny, a band he had admired and followed since his childhood. He also played regularly with the Bill Basie Big Band and others in the Chester, Liverpool and North Wales area, and had a band of his own: the Ed Watt Band. He had a wonderful ear, an innate sense of swing and a technique that, to a non-drummer at least, was breathtaking. Having played regularly alongside him for the past three or four years, I shall really miss his playing and his good company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his partner Katie and all the family. -

Allan Wilcox

04/11/18 -

He was an unusually talented drummer and vocalist who thrilled many with his style and technique, and I had the pleasure of playing alongside him many times. My condolences go out to Katie and particularly to Ed's Dad, who is a fine musician and no doubt responsible for his impact on the music scene. Ed will be greatly missed I'm sure.

Derek Harrison

04/11/18 -

That is terrible news. Ed depped for me with the Merseysippi during my illness.

Deepest condolences .

Peter Darwin

04/11/18 -

It is with sadness and shock I hear Ed Hannaby passed away while attending the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival.

Last Sunday he attended our gig at The Clayton Hotel, and on Monday we met again at Jazz venue The Shelbourne Bar, discussing Drums and jazz. That evening I believe he fell ill.

Lovely man , lovely drummer,

RIP Ed - Des Hopkins

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05/11/18 -

Ed was a nice chap and a very good musician: What more could one wish to aspire to?

Jon Critchley

Just a small collection of comments from Facebook

Well it is with the saddest of hearts that unfortunately, Edward Hannaby passed away this morning. He was pronounced brain dead as a result of a heart event that caused him to fall and his heart to stop. After resuscitation, he never regained consciousness or had any response. We are all devastated at his loss, his Mum, Dad and Brother too...all together, and many other family members and friends. We had enjoyed a weekend of jazz at the Cork Jazz Festival and the worst happened at the end of the last night on Monday. Life will never be the same again. Heartbroken. Rest peaceful my love. Will miss you every day, every minute. My soul mate and my best friend xxxxxxxxxxxx - Katie Jacks

He's gone, but he'll always be with us. Our wonderful drummer, Ed Hannaby died this morning as a result of a totally unexpected heart attack. On a personal note...Ed was the only musician I have ever met who would phone or text after EVERY single gig to say how cool it was, how the band can really go places, how the audience responded, etc., etc. He was THE musician. Never to be forgotten...thanks Ed, thanks so much for GIVING so much. X - David Fishel

Lost a good friend and a great drummer today, so sad, I will always remember you Ed. Thoughts go out to Katie and all family - Stan Williams

I worked with Ed for a while and he was a true gentlemen and gentle soul. We would sit in the work van driving around and would walk as apart of our work and we would talk all about Jazz music I learnt absolutely loads of him. I saw him live a couple of times and he was bloody brilliant. I am totally shocked like everybody else and wish the family my condolences, as his family was the only other thing he would regularly talk about I know how much they meant to him. Ed this is for you mate God be with you till we meet again. - Jay Kay

So shocked to hear this. I knew Ed when he was a young lad sitting in with Bill Basey's Band. Such a happy guy and a first class musician. RIP Ed. - Mike Owen

Very sad to hear about the sudden passing of Edward Hannaby. Hadn`t seen him for many years but have fond memories of his drumming performances particularly at the Swan in Penybryn with Richard Pinder and then with Dicey Riley along with Gareth Lewis, Rebecca Hennessey and Spencer Smith in the early 90s. Ed`s ability to solo to Green Onions is as good a drumming as I have ever heard. He was also a great character too who always had a tale to tell. My heart goes out to Ed`s family, gone way too soon. - Rob Walsh

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