Chris Broderick (The Singing Loins), one of England’s best folk songwriters, has passed away
His band mates today announced on their Facebook page that Singing Loins singer and songwriter Chris Broderick has passed away.
Just a few weeks ago, Chris announced that he was released from the hospital and decided not to continue treatment for what he described as “blood cancer”.
Until the end, he worked on making a lyric book, a little prose book and two collaborative songwriting projects.
Our hearts go out to her beloved daughter Katie, her ex-Andrea, her group mates and loved ones.
The Singing Longs are an “authentic raw folk group from the Medway Delta” of Rochester and part of the Medway scene of which Billy Childish has always been the unofficial and reluctant “figurehead”. They released eight albums between 1990 and 2012 on Childishs Hangman Records and later on Damaged Goods Records.
If there was justice in the world of music and their music had been heard by a wider audience, then they would be as well known and revered as the Pogues or Madness, groups that you could say shared the approach and attraction.
The Singing Longs songs are full of “bruised beauty”, romance and stories about the lives of working class and drinkers. Here are some wonderful examples.
A song about his father.
A song about love
A song about English
A song about how to approach your art.
A song for the outsider.
I had planned to email Chris this week asking if I could help spread the word about the next lyric book. I wanted to tell him how much I thought about his songs and his opinion of me, describing him as “one of England’s best folk songwriters” or England’s greatest unknown songwriter. ” A little too high? Where Too fair mate, it was about time that I was appreciated! I’ll never know now.
So because I thought her heart and soul is in these songs for everyone to see and hear, I thought about using it as a “title”. Because I and many others I’m sure really believe he was and will be one of England’s best songwriters with a great band.
Rest in peace.
All the words Ged Babey
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