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Australian/Scottish Singer Songwriter Karl Broadie passed away  after a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer on the 19th of April 2016.

Broadie the poet son of Scotland that we never got to know to well, was for all that, one of our best and possibly most enduring exports particularly to his native Australia. Broadie was revered as a treasure and perceived as a gentle Scottish rain of profound wisdom with his distinct place in the heart and the heat of the thriving Australian Folk and Country music scene, which was displayed in its full and touching enormity as the music community of Australia rallied round in love and respect to support him and his family in his last days and in the flood of facebook tributes that continue on his FACE BOOK PAGE

Karl Broadie was born in to a family of philosophers, musicians and artists In Edinburgh.

With his distinctive, emotional voice, Broadie had the ability to capture the attention and heart of a listener in just a few bars of music. Broadie’s entrancing melodies were, with his earthy and poetic lyricism his unmistakable hallmark.

He was a persistent presence winning his audience one captivating show at a time on the patient journey of a true artist, a philosophising, free-thinking, gifted songwriter.

He will be mourned in Nashville as well, where he would go to gain inspiration when he could, choosing to write and record there most years of his music making.

Recognised as one of Australia’s most unique and dynamic songwriters, Karl also enjoyed international success. He won first place (and an international audience) in the Americana category of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in 2006 for his hit single, Black Crow Callin’, and has seen two of his albums top the Euro Americana Chart here.

I had the good fortune of traveling with him on two occasions, he brought his band over in 2005 in support of his first album "Nowhere Now Here". We did a few Highland shows culminating in him co-headlining the first ever Belladrum Festival Grass Roots Stage with fellow Australian exiled Irishman Andy White, who shared his wonderful band in a collaboration hatched in Australia and only ever performed on that notable occasion here in Scotland.

It was 11 years before his return, this time on a family holiday with his two teenage sons Oskar and Travis to introduce them to family and their Scottish homeland. They traveled north to south and east to west, even went to see Scotland play at Hamden and called in here in Nairn to play one concert for Medicine Show Radio in the beautiful intimate surroundings of James's Putting Green Cafe (The boys will always have that adventure and we will always have his music) .

You can hear that session HERE

UNCUT and MOJO are among many international publications who have praised Broadie’s song craftsmanship and “sweetly cracked” vocal style and drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Australia’s own Paul Kelly.

Survived by his sons Oskar & Travis, his Mother  Margaret Ingrassia and partner Rachel Webster . 

To quote the refrain of the title track of that first album  

"Can't build a wall to stop the flow, a spiral's bound to go where it's bound to go"

Safe journey Karl Broadie.

Rob Ellen

Karl Broadie and Dianna Corcoran. Video directed by Maiara Skarheim and Ben Sutton of Bigmouth Productions Sydney

A delightful gathering with Karl in a delightful spot, Nairn Putting Green Kiosk Scotland October 2015

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3
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