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Guy Garvey

Guy Garvey at V Festival ’09, Chelmsford
Background information
Birth name Guy Edward John Patrick Garvey
Born 6 March 1974 (1974-03-06) (age 36)
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Instruments vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, harmonica
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Elbow, I Am Kloot
Notable instruments
Vocals, Guitar, Drum Kit.

Guy Edward John Patrick Garvey (born 6 March 1974, in Bury, Greater Manchester, England),[1] is the singer/guitarist to Manchester based, Mercury Music Prize winning band Elbow, as well as a presenter (Sunday evenings 10-12 GMT) for BBC 6 Music and A&R manager of Skinny Dog Records. He previously presented a show on Sunday evenings on XFM. His versatile vocal range characterized by a deeply accented and thick tenor has often been compared to Peter Gabriel.

In addition, Garvey had a monthly column in the now defunct Manchester edition of Time Out magazine and is a patron of MAG (the Mines Advisory Group)[2], the Manchester based charity responsible for clearing war zones of mines and munitions world wide. Amongst other work Garvey also produced and recorded the I Am Kloot album Natural History. Garvey and Elbow keyboard player Craig Potter are producing I Am Kloot's upcoming album, to be released in 2010. He is currently writing and recording with Massive Attack.

As well as vocal duties Garvey has also played a wide variety of instruments live including guitar, various forms of percussion and most recently drums.

Guy Garvey’s Irish roots go back a long way and he pronounced himself delighted to be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day in recent years. “My great-great grandfather left Cork in 1822 and the Garveys have been in Manchester ever since. We’re tripping the light fantastic,” Garvey told the Irish Times.

He is a fan of Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 programme In Our Time.[3]


  1. ^ Guardian profile
  2. ^ The Mines Advisory Group
  3. ^ Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time Newsletter - The Death of Elizabeth I - 15 October 2009

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