One of the Delaware Valley's best-loved songwriters, Greg McGarvey always delivers performances that are passionate, honest, and - given his love of life's unplanned, spontaneous moments - unique.

Greg first touched his grandfather's Gibson guitar at the age of three and has rarely been seen without a guitar since. His father Scott claimed he learned to read earlier than expected in order to find songs on Everly Brothers records. By the time six-year-old Greg saw The Everlys perform in person, he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

Using the guitars and records his father and grandfather gave him, Greg spent his childhood teaching himself music by ear. He has regularly performed on stages in the Philadelphia, Princeton, and New York City areas since 2001, presenting music from his own eclectic songbook along with favorites from the '80s and '90s and the timeless classics his father Scott taught him.

In addition to solo acoustic performances and high-energy shows with his country-rock band, The Roadside Leaves, Greg performs traditional Irish folk music with Righteous Jolly as The Jolly Tinkers. 

The songs in Greg's stylistically diverse catalog have been inspired by his formative experiences in New Jersey and Bucks County, his travels through places such as Nashville, New Orleans, New England, Upstate New York, North Carolina's Outer Banks, California, and Costa Rica, by stories of friends and relatives, and even his dreams. 

Soon, Greg will release his first album. Five years in the making, Count The Colors is a tribute to Greg's late, great girlfriend Marcella, one of the earliest and strongest supporters of his songwriting. 

Recorded and co-produced by Pier Giacalone at Hopetown Sound in New Hope, Pennsylvania, it features many of the best musicians in the Delaware Valley - legendary drummer Joe Falcey, Bears Choice guitarist Nick Crocker, pedal steel guitarist Andy Keenan, Levee Drivers' Kyle Perella on lap steel guitar, St. James & The Apostles' Mike Kiker on piano, and fiddler Frank Burk. 

Each song is introduced by Greg's nephew Nolan, born just days after Marcella's 2014 passage. In addition to emotionally powerful ballads and country-rock travelogues, the album includes field recordings captured by McGarvey during his journeys with Marcella.

"My songs allow me to preserve life's most profound moments and then move on, knowing I can always return to them like a sort of musical time machine.

With the Count The Colors songs, I had to raise the bar higher. I had to create music that would be worthy of this great woman who continues, even in her absence, to inspire me with her vision, her love, and her bravery."

After the release of Count The Colors, work will resume on Greg's three-album tribute to the people and places he's loved in Bucks County - crickets surround, The Dirt & The Moonlight, and You Don't Have A Map

Greg is also a prolific writer and visual artist. His photographs have been presented in the shows The Activity Of Form (Princeton's ArtTimesTwo gallery, 2012) and A Few Moments With Marcella (Langhorne Coffee House, 2015). 


photographs #1, #2, and #4 by M. Di Sandro, photograph #3 by Kim Goodwin, photograph #4 by Chris Sikich


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