photo by Chris Sikich

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.

After seeing The Everly Brothers perform, Greg taught himself music with the aid of his father's and grandfather's guitars and records. He has regularly performed since 2001, presenting music from his own eclectic songbook along with favorites from the '80s and '90s and the timeless classics his father taught him.

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

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

Soon, Greg will release his first album. Five years in the making, Count The Colors is a tribute to 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 - 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.

In addition to emotionally powerful ballads and country-rock travelogues, the album includes field recordings captured by McGarvey during his journeys with Marcella.

"With the Count The Colors songs, 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. 
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."

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, photograph #6 by Nicky Belletier, photographs #7 and #8 by Righteous Jolly, photograph #9 by Craig MacCarthy


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