Biography

Short Bio-

 

Connor Garvey’s initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, myriad tours later, Garvey has found his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter. With rhythmic guitar foundations and a unique and clear voice, Connor’s songs challenge us to hope, grow, laugh, and see beauty in all of life’s metaphors. His recent release Where Ocean Meets Land (2011) is already garnishing wide acclaim as it builds upon his 2009 release known widely due to achieving heavy Sirius XM rotation. Find Connor Garvey playing around the country or actively make the connection at www.connorgarveysongs.com

 

Extended Bio

 

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.

 

“Garvey’s sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin’ Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz…” writes music blog Direct Current while entertainment publicationThe Portland Phoenix describes Garvey’s style as “Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice.” Time and again he is heralded for his unique voice, approach, and ability to connect with the listener- qualities that are necessary for a long career.

 

Connor Garvey’s initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, myriad tours later, Garvey has found his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter touring around the country in his station wagon, playing festivals, house concerts, and many of the country’s best acoustic venues (i.e. Club Passim-Cambridge, MA, Me & Thee Coffeehouse- Marblehead,MA The Tin Angel-Philadelphia, PA, One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME, Avogadro’s Number-Fort Collins, CO, Ginkgo’s Coffeehouse- St. Paul,MN, & The Emerson Theater-Bozeman, MT). He has shared the stage with performing greats such as Catie Curtis, Storyhill, Jonathan Byrd, Anais Mitchell, Joe Crookston, Slaid Cleaves, & Edie Carey. Thousands of people across the US became infatuated with Garvey’s sound when his song “Soul on the Line” remained in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse garnishing him a spot in their top new Singer Songwriters of 2010.

 

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 “Where Ocean Meets Land” (2011), 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.

 

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.

Notable Venues Performed:
Pesto Cafe- Fayettville, AR
The Raven Cafe- Prescott, AZ
The Rocket Room- San Francisco, CA
Cafe Coda- Chico, CA
The Laughing Goat- Boulder, CO
Rock’n Soul- Boulder, CO
Avogadro’s Number- Fort Collins, CO
The Mercury Cafe- Denver, CO
The Space- Hamden, CT
Club Passim- Cambridge, MA
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse- Byfield, MA
Yellow Sofa- Northampton, MA
Frontier Cafe- Brunswick, ME
North Star Music Cafe- Portland, ME
Little Brown Church- Round Pond, ME
One Longfellow Square- Portland, ME
Blue- Portland, ME
Songwriters by the Sea- Peaks Island, ME
Amazing Grace- Duluth, MN
Storyhill Fest- Deerwood, MN
Gingko’s- St. Paul, MN
Storyhill Fest- Bozeman, MT
The Emerson Theather- Bozeman, MT
Ted’s Montana Grill- Bozeman, MT
Norris Hot Springs- Norris, MT
The Owl Lounge- Livingston, MT
Fireside Cafe- Ashland, NC
Stone Church- Newmarket, NH
The Red Door- Portsmouth, NH
The Barley Pub- Dover, NH
Plymouth College- Plymouth, NH
Garrison Play House- Rollingsford, NH
Googies Lounge- NY, NY
National Folk Art Museum- NY, NY
Postcyrpt (Columbia University)- NY, NY
The Barking Spider- Cleveland, OH
The Beachland Ballroom Tavern- Cleveland, OH
Alberta Street Pub- Portland, OR
Mississippi Pizza- Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark College- Portland, OR
Tease- Ashland, OR
Providence College- Providence, RI
St. Elmo’s- Alexandria, VA
The Radio Bean- Burlington, VT
Langdon St. Cafe- Montpelier, VT
The Skinny Pancake- Burlington, VT
ToSt- Seattle, WA
The Mandolin Cafe- Tacoma, WA
Pegasus Cafe- Bainbridge, WAHouse Concerts in:
ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, NY, PE, RI, MD, NC, OH, MI, MN, MT, CO, UT, IA

Links:
http://www.myspace.com/connorgarveysongs
http://www.reverbnation.com/connorgarveysongs

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