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Bryan Glancy

Bryan Glancy

Remembering Bryan

In his Mercury Prize dedication, Guy Garvey called Bryan Glancy "one of the greatest men that ever lived." It was an emotional moment, but, for Bryan's friend Guy Lovelady, not a surprising one. Below, he explains why the musician was so well loved.

Bryan Glancy

- Born in Prestwich in April 1966
- Began playing guitar aged 13
- A prolific songwriter, he performed as a solo artist for two decades
- Played with, amongst others, I Am Kloot's John Bramwell and The Chameleons' Mark Burgess
- Toured America with David Gray
- Died in January 2006
- Elbow's album title, The Seldom Seen Kid, refers to Bryan

"Ubiquitous is a word that could easily be used to describe musician and professional friend Bryan Glancy, the subject of Guy Garvey's Mercury Prize dedication. In life and now two years after his death, he was and is everywhere.

"Bryan Glancy was two key things - an extraordinary musician, who wrote and performed sensitive, often dark, deeply personal songs about his life and times, and a loyal and honest friend to literally hundreds of people from all parts of the world and the human spectrum.

"Rooted by a wonderful and warm Jewish family, Bryan blazed a trail throughout the eighties, nineties and noughties from Manchester through the whole of the world.

"He worked hard and tirelessly and networked and wrote the sweetest and most energetic and wonderful songs."

Guy Lovelady on the 'seldom seen kid', Bryan Glancy

"In the eighties and nineties, he was a legendary Manchester busker, before joining The Chamleons; he later worked with I am Kloot before they became I am Kloot and went onto national recognition. 

"He met and befriended Elbow and found time to work with and mentor David Gray, even fulfilling the role of David’s best man. Bryan's 'tour managing of David around the United States' stories were legend and hilarious.

"So why now with all the fame and the media frenzy? Why did the masses not know about Bryan before? I hear many ask.

Bryan Glancy

Bryan Glancy

"It is a mystery to all his friends and family that he never received the appropriate recognition in life. 

"He worked hard and tirelessly and networked and wrote the sweetest and most energetic and wonderful songs. Soon a collection of songs will be released as an LP.

"Knowing Guy Garvey, Craig and Mark Potter, Rick Jupp and Pete Turner, I'll be amazed if they don't use some of their Mercury cheque to help the project on its way.

"And you never know, if there is any justice, next year his mum Mandy might be picking up Bryan's own Mercury Prize to put next to Elbow’s on her mantelpiece."

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