A Benefit For Fanconi Anemia Research Fund / Chellie's Challenge

In honor of the late, great Marcella, a night of GSM songs and record collection favorites performed by Greg with a special, one-time only band - and special guest Righteous R Jolly.

Frank Burk - violin
Jenny Cat - grand piano
Nick Crocker - guitar
Nick D'Amore - drums
Righteous Jolly - Righteous Jolly
Dave Van Allen - pedal steel guitar
Lysa Withay - bass

8 PM 
JUNE 7, 2019

EWING, NJ 08628



Count The Colors (For Marcella)
coming soon

A veteran of multiple rock & roll bands and folk groups in the Greater Philadelphia and New York areas, Greg McGarvey has become one of the most vibrant, emotional, and often startlingly funny songwriters on the music scene today. Equally at ease in a rock club or in a hushed theater, Greg 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 claims he learned to read earlier than expected in order to more easily 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.

"I've enjoyed expressing myself in prose and visual art over the years, but it's through music that I communicate the most directly, with the most emotion."

Soon, Greg will release his first album. Count The Colors (For Marcella), featuring members of Levee Drivers, St. James & The Apostles, Bears Choice, and The Divine Hand Ensemble, is a tribute to Greg's late, great girlfriend, one of the earliest and strongest supporters of his songwriting.

"Since my 2015 trip to Nashville, I've had a renewed focus. I'd already written a few hundred songs by then, but I felt lost. I'd written about a lot of almost-wases and might-have-beens, troubled rock stars, crooked politicians. I'd written about a lot of imagined things. When I resumed my writing in Nashville, it was time to write about very real time spent with a very real person to whom I felt I owed a debt. This called for not only a resumption of my work, but a raising of the bar. I had to do her justice.

The further I got into this project, the more my older songs came back to life, not to mention brand new ones. I've lived a life in which I've sometimes taken the longer, more scenic route. In songwriting, I get 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.

I aspire to write pieces of music that have the atmosphere of a song that might be playing on a jukebox in some strange dream you're having at 4 AM. Those are the songs I keep."

Greg's visual art was first shown at Princeton's ArtTimesTwo Gallery in a 2012 show called The Activity Of Form. Curator Madelaine Shellaby explains that all the show’s pieces "explore the boundaries between the real and the felt - between what is seen and what can be expanded and known from it."

In August 2015, a month-long exhibition entitled A Few Moments With Marcella opened at Langhorne Coffee House, a show celebrating the life of the brave and beautiful Marcella Di Sandro, tragically lost in 2014 to cancer brought on by Fanconi anemia. Patrons of the show helped facilitate a donation to the fundraiser started in Marcella's name, Chellie's Challenge.

photographs by Marcella Di Sandro (2013), Chris Sikich (2016), and Kim Goodwin (2017)

Committed to memory Momentous muse