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Guy Garvey

Hear Guy, Sunday, 2-4pm (repeated Monday mornings, midnight-2am)

Guy Garvey, singer, songwriter, lyricist, radio producer, raconteur and general all round good bloke has been the lead singer of Elbow for twenty years. Formed whilst at college in Bury, Elbow famously took over ten years to find a record deal and then promptly lost it following the Universal take-over of Island. The band found a new home and went on to release the Mercury Award nominated Asleep In The Back (2001) alongside picking up a nomination at the Brits for Best New Band.

Second album, Cast Of Thousands (2003) secured the band afurther critical and commercial success whilst third album Leaders Of The Free World cemented Elbow's position as one of the UK's most thoughtful and innovative acts.

Over those three albums, Guy Garvey has become a hugely popular figure in the music industry with artists of the calibre of John Cale admiring both the band's music and Guy's lyrics and exceptional singing voice. Guy has also performed live and on record with I Am Kloot (whose debut album he produced), Richard Hawley and Frank Black amongst others. Never one to shirk from voicing his thoughts, Guy has been rightly praised for his forthright stance on a variety of political issues with Elbow putting their money where their mouth is by supporting the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) amongst others.

In true Renaissance Man style, whilst other members of his band have been adding to the Elbow fanbase by becoming parents, Guy has started a very successful second career as a radio presenter: "My love affair with radio began with John Peel when I was 12. I'm very proud of my show and my BBC security pass is probably my prize possession".