Richard Broadbent
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Richard Broadbent

Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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The best kept secret in music


"Quotes !"

"I really did enjoy your CD, a great concept, very well put together,. a good mix of humor, strong roots playing and real storytelling. I especially appreciate the title track that takes a contentious historical issue and brings us into the moment with it. Good work, keep it up!"
Steve Gillette

"Richard, and his music, are irrepressible and unique. His songwriting is direct and wry, as is his wit. His talking blues are not to be missed."
Cosy Sheridan

"If this song (Cape Cod Girls) doesn’t make you want to get in a convertible, put the top down and tap your fingers on the dashboard, then get back to the medical school lab, because you’re a cadaver."
Jim Libbey, The Gazette, Frederick, MD

- from other writers and newspapers


Christiana, 2003


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Playing and singing nearly all his life, Richard Broadbent only began writing songs in 2001. A woodworker over twenty years, Richard compares songwriting to fine woodworking. "Both are processes that expose the grain. In woodworking beauty can be shown in even the most gnarly piece of wood. In a song, a story well told provokes the listener to find their own beauty and truth in life's situations.
Richards first recording is CHRISTIANA, a collection of songs 53 years in the making.
Produced by David Essig (who has produced Cathy Fink, Fred Eaglesmith, Trapezoid and Walt Michael and others)at Essigs British Columbia studio, CHRISTIANA features outstanding Canadian players Oliver Schroer on violins, Essig on slide guitars and mandolin, Tobin Frank playing bass and accordion, and percussion by Vince Ditrich in addition to Broadbents guitars, harmonicas and vocals.
The title track, Christiana, is the story of freed blacks who joined together around the Lancaster county, Pennsylvania town of Christiana to protect each other from kidnappers who would sell them south back to slavery. On September 11, 1851 they confronted privateers and a Maryland slave owner was killed. Through exposing the twists in the grain of this story, Broadbent asks listener, what may be the relevance to our contemporary 9/11?
Songs like The Visit and The Heart, elegies to friends lost along life's road, let the listener use the songs images to discover their own losses in different light.
Talkin' Fired documents the inauspicious beginning of a folksingers fledgling career under circumstances many will find familiar! This Modern Life chronicles a beleaguered everyman commuter, trying to make sense of daily existence.
The facts exposed, like the grain found beneath the surface of rough cut lumber, paint images for a listener enjoyment and to ponder.