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Connor Garvey
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Connor Garvey’s songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in a juicer- you’ve never tasted it before, but it’s intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking. His clever rhythmic string foundations provide a medium for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the whole room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through “a universal message that people can grab hold to…just the kind of thing I needed.” (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM) It is this connectable approach that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he comfortably invites the audience to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music.

Examine Garvey’s musical palette, and you will find songwriting masters like Martin Sexton, David Wilcox, Paul Simon, Greg Brown, and Deb Talan (The Weepies) plus hues from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Catie Curtis, and Josh Ritter. His style can be described as upbeat-indie-new-folk and he has been compared with the likes of Josh Ritter, Dave Wilcox, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz, and Kymia Dawsen. This speaks both to his performance approach and diversity with which he weaves his shows together. And he listens to a lot of funk.

Though Garvey has been shaping his musical craft for over 10 years, it has only been since October 2008 that he has focused on music as a full time vocation. Since this time Connor has been touring around the country in his Volvo, playing festivals and house concerts, opening and headline slots at many of the country’s best acoustic venues (i.e. Club Passim-Cambridge, MA, The Tin Angel-Philadelphia, PA, The North Star Music Café, Portland, ME, Avogadro’s Number-Fort Collins, CO, & The Emerson Theater-Bozeman, MT), shared the stage with performing greats such as Catie Curtis, Storyhill, Jonathan Byrd, Joe Crookston, Slaid Cleaves, & Edie Carey, become an active member in the Folk Alliance regional and national networks, been a guest on radio programs from Maine to Colorado, and put out his third studio album. He continues to split his time between Montana and Maine both of which are present in his song writting independently though the duality of a life pulled in each direction is one of Garvey’s main muses.

Connor comes to music to write songs. The symbiosis of person and craft leaves Garvey continually growing as a musician and positive soul. His music never strays far from intimacy, where he personalizes life’s numerous issues and themes. Garvey’s lens tends towards optimistic and humorous portrayal that sparks deeper reflection. In “Constancy of Stars” (2009), Garvey immediately has listeners involved. The focus on connectable melodies throughout the album support the desire to sing along while the messages within satisfy a deeper yearning for unity. Themes of transience, growth, and hope which unify the album stem from Garvey’s lived experience where, in a life ever-changing, there is comfort in the Constancy of Stars.

As Connor’s musical career gains momentum he is bringing with him messages of hope, growth, and love in songs that silence rooms, brighten smiles, and inspires others to sing out.

Connor Garvey
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