Judy Dyble confirms she has lung cancer

Judy Dyble
(Image credit: Judy Dyble)

Former Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble has confirmed she is suffering from lung cancer. She made the announcement in a post on her Facebook page on Friday.

In a short statement she said: "The mindless thing in my lung is malignant and is spreading it's tendrils far and wide. So yes, I have lung cancer, and I start chemotherapy next week, like millions of other people all over the world. 

"I don't know how I will be affected or what will happen, but at the moment I won't be doing any of that live singing stuff. Please don't message me at the moment if I don't physically know you in real life, as I haven't got enough brainpower to answer.

She goes on to say, "Yes I am sick, but I am in the hands of experienced doctors and specialists, and I have read up a lot about my condition. Please do not offer me advice, because every person I meet gives me detailed advice irrespective of whether I need it or not. And mostly the advice conflicts so please, I get tired just trying to keep up. 

"Please resist the urge to advise me. Often a hug is about all I can cope with - Thank you."

Dyble, who released the acclaimed Earth Is Sleeping in 2018, has been working on a new album with Big Big Train frontman David Longdon, which is due for release in Spring/Summer 2020.

Dyble told Prog that if news of her condition helps one person into thinking about stopping smoking, she will be delighted.

Prog sends Judy our very best wishes with her treatment and recovery.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.