Guy Garvey

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Guy Garvey
Guy Garvey of Elbow at the V Festival 2009.jpg
Guy Garvey at V Festival 2009, Chelmsford
Background information
Birth name Guy Edward John Garvey
Born (1974-03-06) 6 March 1974 (age 40)
Bury, Lancashire, England
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Elbow, I Am Kloot, Massive Attack
Notable instruments
Vocals, guitar, drum kit.

Guy Edward John Garvey (born 6 March 1974, in Bury, Lancashire, England)[1] is the singer and guitarist in the band Elbow as well as a presenter (Sunday afternoon 2 pm to 4 pm, British time) for BBC 6 Music and A&R manager of Skinny Dog Records. He previously presented a show on Sunday evenings on XFM.

Garvey had a monthly column in the now-defunct listings magazine City Life 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 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" (2005, not associated with any album), their Mercury Music Prize nominated 2010 album Sky at Night and their 2013 album Let It All In. He appears on Massive Attack's 2010 album record Heligoland.

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

He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA),[3]

In April 2012 Garvey became a patron of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. He received an honorary doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2012, in recognition of his contribution to music and is now a Doctor of Arts. [4]

Garvey has also appeared on the CBBC series 12 Again.


  1. ^ Dave Simpson (25 July 2008). "''Guardian'' profile". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  2. ^ "The Mines Advisory Group". Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  3. ^ Founder of UBR (18 May 2009). "British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors". The Unsigned band review. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Honorary Doctorates announced | ManMetLife | Manchester Metropolitan University". Retrieved 2013-01-31. 

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