The Portland Phoenix
“Connor Garvey continues to surprise me. That’s a good thing. A very good thing"
“Connor Garvey is not only a consummate performer - he is a refreshingly unique songwriter...Recommended”
MarySue Twohy (Program Director SiriusXM The Village)
2014 Kerrville New Folk Winner
2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Singer Songwriter Showcase Winner
2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest "Most Wanted Artist"
2014 Solarfest Singer Songwriter Showcase Winner
2014 Nominee for Male Performer of The Year - New England Music Awards
It takes a certain performer to be deemed “a folk legend in the making” or for greats like David Wilcox and Vance Gilbert to remark “the acoustic tradition is in the right hands.” It is this quality, this spark, that is simultaneously fresh and classic, that sets Connor Garvey apart on stage and on his newest release, Meteors & Beating Hearts.
Garvey’s 6th and strongest album yet highlights the richness and enchantment of an established songwriter, the depth of an ever expanding perspective on the world, the comfort of a pure voice, and the confidence of a seasoned band. It is sure to build upon the successes of his 2009 release Constancy of Stars which landed him in the top 6 new Singer Songwriters on SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse and the 2011 release Where Ocean Meets Land that climbed high on the National Triple-A charts most adds list.
Meteors & Beating Hearts has all the elements to make it feel like an authentic Connor Garvey record. The grooves are groovier, the emotions are broader AND deeper, the sound is cleaner, the production is tastier. All of this is built upon road seasoned songs already favorites to many fans. The music draws us in but it’s the lyrics that keep us engaged.
Bright Morning, Real Old, Bite That Tastes Good, and Ride It Out get our toes tapping while Willow, Tattered Shirt, Meteor, and Old House send us deeper into an emotional journey through longing, hope, and the seeking of security in an unstable world. Crowd favorites like the jazzy Spark and energetic Charlie add breadth to the record that strikes a wonderful balance of consistent tone and presence with diversity and intrigue.
Garvey didn’t have to look far for musicians on this record as the same team that he recorded Where Ocean Meets Land (2011) with, which garnered wonderful support across the country (and beyond), is also the band that’s been playing together ever since. Colin Winsor on bass, Dan Boyden on drums & percussion, & Pete Morse on electric guitar form the backbone of the band with wonderful musical hues added by Sara Hallie Richardson (vocals) and the always amazing Tom Murphy on mandolin. The result of the years of creating music together shines through on the ability to bring the true song to life in a way that leaves room to breath and space to imagine.
The album was engineered and mixed by Pete Morse at Red Vault Recording in Portland, ME (Putnam Smith, Pete Kilpatrick) & Mastered with Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA (Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird...). The album is represented and distributed by Mishara Music (Barnaby Bright, Peter Bradley Adams, Caitlin Canty).