The founding member of the Irish Descendants left the band suddenly in 1997 after a backstage tiff at a New Year's Eve gig in St. John's reportedly erupted into a fistfight with singer Con O'Brien. Neither Broderick nor anyone in the band offered an explanation. Beyond citing "irreconcilable musical differences," it remains a mystery.
Today, the Irish Descendants live on, while Broderick left to form another Celtic rock band called the Fables. Returning to play the Urban Lounge on Thursday, the band supports its new album, Tear the House Down. As for fears of future fisticuffs, the Fables' press kit is clear. The notion that D'Arcy wanted to be one of Newfoundland's "great pugilists" is just a fable, it reads. "D'Arcy's hands are used to create beautiful music."
Glad we could clear that up.