Guy Garvey (Elbow)

English singer and musician with the alternative rock band Elbow, Guy Garvey was born 6 March 1974, in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. He is also a presenter for BBC 6 Music. Garvey formed Elbow with Mark and Craig Potter, Pete Turner, and Richard Jupp. In the early 90’s whilst at 6th form college in Bury. He serves as the main songwriter and lyricist of Elbow, Garvey has also played a wide variety of instruments live including both electric and acoustic guitar, trumpet, and various forms of percussion. Elbow won two Ivor Novello awards for best song writing for the 2008 single “Grounds for Divorce” as well as best contemporary song for “One Day Like This”.He was awarded a lifetime achievement honour by the Radio Academy in 2014 and also featured on the re-launched Band Aid charity’s single to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in Africa. Garvey, with Elbow, was also commissioned by the BBC to write the theme song for the 2012 London Olympics and Elbow performed this song, “First Steps” at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

Garvey also produced and recorded the I Am Kloot album Natural History (2001). Alongside Elbow keyboard player Craig Potter he also produced I Am Kloot’s single “Maybe I Should”, their Mercury Music Prize nominated 2010 album Sky at Night and their 2013 album Let It All In. Elbow were themselves Mercury Music Prize nominees, in 2011, for the album Build a Rocket Boys! and won the prize in 2008 for their album “The Seldom Seen Kid”. Garvey also appears on Massive Attack’s 2010 album record Heligoland.He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). In April 2012 Garvey became a patron of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to music he received an honorary doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University, to become a Doctor of Arts.

Garvey has been a presenter on BBC 6 Music for over five years (Sunday afternoon 2 pm to 4 pm, British time) and previously presented a show on Sunday evenings on XFM. He had a monthly column in the now-defunct listings magazine City Life and is a patron of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the Manchester-based charity responsible for clearing war zones of mines and munitions worldwide.In 2015 Garvey presented Music Box, an iPlayer-exclusive series covering emerging and established bands. Garvey has also read several children’s stories for the CBeebies “Bedtime Stories” program on the BBC.In 2015 Garvey released his first solo album, Courting the Squall, and also appeared on BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland, where he performed “Angela’s Eyes” and “Belly of the Whale”.


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