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 41)
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 Patrick 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. He previously presented a show on Sunday evenings on XFM. Garvey, with Elbow, was 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.[2]

Garvey serves as the sole lyricist of Elbow, and has been widely praised for his songwriting throughout his career. 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".[3] He was awarded a lifetime achievement honour by the Radio Academy in 2014.[4] In the same year, he also featured on the re-launched Band Aid charity's single to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in Africa.[4]

He had a monthly column in the now-defunct listings magazine City Life and is a patron of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG),[5] the Manchester-based charity responsible for clearing war zones of mines and munitions worldwide. 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. Elbow were themselves Mercury Music Prize nominees, in 2011, for the album Build a Rocket Boys! In addition, Garvey made an appearance on Massive Attack's 2010 album record Heligoland.

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

He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).[6]

In April 2012 Garvey became a patron of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to music he received, in July of the same year, an honorary doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University, to become a Doctor of Arts.[7]

Garvey has also read several children's stories for the CBeebies "Bedtime Stories" program on the BBC.


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

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