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Jes Raymond & Connor Garvey
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Jes Raymond & Connor Garvey
Once upon a time, Jes Raymond left the recital hall in Chapel Hill, NC, and she headed west on a Greyhound Bus with a guitar, a notebook, and a pair of hiking boots. When she reached the Rocky Mountains, the walking began. It went on for years, deep into Washington's Olympics and North Cascades. And when she came back down, out of those mountains, what a song she had to sing. Her debut studio album, Even the Trees was recorded with the help of the Jackstraw Productions Artist Support Program, and features many of Seattle's finest instrumentalists. Elements of old-time, bluegrass, gospel, and swing echo through songs of warm acoustic life. The arrangements form a spectrum from sparse banjo and guitar duets to dense ensembles of drums, bass, piano, clarinet, fiddle, guitar and dobro.  The songs are crafted with the simplicity of a true poet's intentions. In addition to her solo songwriting career, Jes formed and tours with the old-time/bluegrass group The Blackberry Bushes Stringband who placed 2nd in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition in 2009. She was awarded the 2009 Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs City Artist Award. Jes Raymond knows well the dusty path between tradition and new illumination.

"An extremely talented singer/songwriter, Jes Raymond brings a musical cure. In songs of love, hope, dreams, and promises, Raymond crafts disarmingly simple images that hold a clarity that is ripe with meaning. "
- Janie Franz

"Beautiful Voice, Beautiful Songs, Beautiful Stories "
- Eric Miller

Connor Garvey's songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer- you've never tasted it before, but its intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking.  His clever, rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through "a universal message that people can grab hold to just the kind of thing I needed." (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM) It is this connection with his audience that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he invites them to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music. Time and again he is heralded for his unique voice, approach, and ability to connect with the listener- qualities that are necessary for a long career.

Connor Garvey's initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, many tours later, Garvey is finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter touring around the US in his station wagon, playing festivals, house concerts, and many of the country's best acoustic venues. He has shared the stage with performing greats such as Catie Curtis, Storyhill, Jonathan Byrd, Anais Mitchell, Joe Crookston, Slaid Cleaves, and Edie Carey. Listeners across the US became enthralled with Garvey's sound when his song "Soul on the Line" (from Constancy of Stars) remained in extensive airplay on Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse- garnering him a spot in their top 6 new Singer Songwriters of 2010.

Connor comes to music to write songs. The symbiosis of person and craft leaves Garvey continuing to grow as a musician and as a positive soul. His music never strays far from intimacy, where he personalizes life's challenges and themes. Garvey tends toward optimistic and humorous portrayal that sparks deeper reflection. In Where Ocean Meets Land (2011), Garvey immediately has listeners involved. The use of memorable melodies throughout the album makes you want to sing along while the messages within the lyrics satisfy a deeper yearning for inspiration.

As Connor's musical career gains momentum he is bringing with him messages of hope, growth, and love in songs that silence rooms, brighten smiles, and inspire others to sing out.

"The songs of Connor Garvey have that rare and balanced blend of refreshing lyric, inventive guitar work, and mesmerizing grooves, all powered by his clear and agile singing voice. Ranging from funky to sensitive, serious to playful, they convey the kind of inspiration found in a reverent pursuer of life's depths and joys. Whether it's hearing him live on stage or on one of his recordings I'm always uplifted and amazed."
- Chris Cunningham - Storyhill & Basecamp Recording

"One of the brightest young performers on the folk scene."
- Phil Daligan - Songwriters by the Sea

"From the moment he took the stage Connor Garvey became an instant Acoustic View favorite. His engaging style and infectious smile established the rapport necessary to let his wonderful music touch the hearts of everyone in attendance. Since that night, we have been besieged with requests to have Connor back in the living room; something we plan to do again as soon as possible."
- Stacy Sinner - Acoustic View House Concerts (MN)

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Location

Empty Sea Studios (View)
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Categories

Music > All Ages
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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