Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron mourned

Pogues guitarist Phil Chevron has died aged 56

Phil Chevron, the guitarist for The Pogues, has died aged 56.

Pogues manager Mark Addis says Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, died today in Dublin after being treated for head and neck cancer.

The Dublin-born musician was a member of seminal Irish punk rockers The Radiators From Space before joining the London-based Pogues in the early 1980s.

The rumbustious band, fronted by singer Shane MacGowan, fused Irish traditional music, rock and punk into an exhilarating hybrid on albums such as Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

Chevron wrote several well-known Pogues songs, including the Irish emigration ballad Thousands Are Sailing.

He is survived by his sister and his mother.

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