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Christiana

by Richard Broadbent

Rootsy, slightly rocky, definitely folkmentative. Contemporary songwriting for and about people, with a roots tradition. If you don't get the songs, you might not be smart enough, or too young. Outstanding Canadian players.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Jay Gould's Daughter
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2. Donald and Elvis
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3. Cardboardominium
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4. This Modern Life
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4:28 album only
5. School (Able and Willing)
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6. Christiana
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7. Cape Cod Girls
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8. It's Quiet In Here
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9. The Visit
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10. Dial Tone
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11. The Heart
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12. Talkin' Fired Blues (How I Became a Folksinger)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Playing and singing nearly all his life, Richard Broadbent only began writing songs in 2001. A woodworker over twenty years, he compares songwriting to fine woodworking saying, "Both processes expose the grain. In woodworking beauty can surface in the most gnarly piece of lumber. 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 produced Cathy Fink, Fred Eaglesmith, Trapezoid, 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. Exposing 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 BLUES 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.
Stories exposed, like the grain found beneath the surface of rough cut lumber, paint images for listening, consideration and enjoyment.


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W S Bien

This CD ranks up there with my all time favorites.
I have seen Richard perform several times and I bought this CD at one of those performances. It ranks up there with my all time favorites. The songs The Visit and The Heart have special meaning.

I had a similar experience to the one described in The Visit. It is written so well that it brings me back to my Visit every time I play it. In, The Heart Richard's words are amazing. They are written in a way that not only express the feelings of loss and love but also become personal; to the extent, they describe my own emotions when I think of that special someone. No truer words were ever written than, But the heart can not do it my friends it will keep you alive.

W S Bien

This CD ranks up there with my all time favorites.
I have seen Richard perform several times and I bought this CD at one of those performances. It ranks up there with my all time favorites. The songs The Visit and The Heart have special meaning.

I had a similar experience to the one described in The Visit. It is written so well that it brings me back to my Visit every time I play it. In, The Heart Richard's words are amazing. They are written in a way that not only express the feelings of loss and love but also become personal; to the extent, they describe my own emotions when I think of that special someone. No truer words were ever written than, But the heart can not do it my friends it will keep you alive.