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Guy Garvey

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Guy Edward John Patrick Garvey (born 6 March 1974, in Bury, Greater Manchester, England), 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), 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 have produced I Am Kloot’s upcoming album, to be released in 2010. He also appears on the Massive Attack record Heligoland

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. ” Garvey told The Irish Times.

He is a huge fan of Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 programme In Our Time.

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