Phil Chevron

1957 - 2013


DUBLIN (AP) — Phil Chevron, the guitarist for boisterous Anglo-Irish band The Pogues, has died at 56.

Pogues manager Mark Addis says Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, died Tuesday 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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Rock in peace. You inspired so many of us muso's. Thanks for so many great songs!
Jerome Taheny

We saw the Pogues a few times in South Wales, and have to say that Phil Chevron just made the group special. Our parents came here in the 40s from Ireland. I know 'Thousands are Sailing' was written as much about the Irish having to leave because of the famine and the hardships endured by so many at that time. For so many generations of Irish people who left Ireland in the 30s and 40s for mainly enonomic reasons the song resonates for them and their families. Now we have lost a fantastic...

I am sorry for your loss. Find solace in the fact that our Heavenly Father knows what you are going through. He is “greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:20) Continue to rely on Him for strength during this difficult time.


Thank you for your kindness and humor. May your family and friends find comfort amidst their grief.


My sincere condolence to the family and friends of Mr.Phil,,,,May you find comfort in knowing that God will comfort those grieving

You and the Pogues are a major inspiration for why I perform music today!
Thank you and my you find peace!

So sorry!!!