Trish Keenan

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Trish Keenan
Birth name Patricia Anne Keenan
Born (1968-09-28)28 September 1968
Winson Green, Birmingham
Died 14 January 2011(2011-01-14) (aged 42)
Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Genres Electronic, indietronica
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1995–2011
Labels Warp
Associated acts Broadcast, Prefuse 73

Patricia Anne "Trish" Keenan (28 September 1968 – 14 January 2011) was a musician from Winson Green, Birmingham.[1] She was the lead vocalist and founding member of Broadcast.[2][3][4] She died of complications after suffering from pneumonia shortly after she contracted swine flu while touring in Australia.[5]


Trish Keenan was born in Winson Green, a multicultural inner-city area in west Birmingham. She attended Archbishop Grimshaw Roman Catholic school, presently known as John Henry Newman Catholic school. She worked a range of catering jobs after school until at the age of 21 she moved to Moseley, a bohemian enclave. Soon after she formed a duo called Hayward Winters and soon after met James Cargill at a 1960s psychedelic revival club. The two of them formed a relationship over their shared interest and formed a band, Pan Am Flight Bag. The band was short-lived only performing two gigs before they reformed in 1996 as Broadcast, which included guitarist Tim Felton, drummer Steve Perkins, and keyboardist Roj Stevens.[6]


During a tour in Australia just before Christmas, Trish contracted the swine flu virus H1N1. It was reported that she died in a hospital. A statement by Warp Record Label said: "This is an untimely, tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly - a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in peace."


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  1. ^ Long, Pat (January 18, 2011). "Trish Keenan obituary". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Thiessen, Brock (January 14, 2011). "Broadcast's Trish Keenan Dies in Hospital". Exclaim!. 
  3. ^ Harvell, Jess (January 17, 2011). "Afterword: Broadcast's Trish Keenan". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ O'Neal, Sean (January 14, 2011). "R.I.P. Trish Keenan of Broadcast". The A.V. Club. 
  5. ^ Broadcast's Trish Keenan dies after getting swine flu, BBC News, 14 January 2011 
  6. ^ Lentz III, Harris M. (May 3, 2012). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-9134-6. 

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