Joe Garvey
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Joe Garvey


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"PLAY Magazine"

Joe Garvey, singer/songwriter, will return to Newton at 7:30 p.m. today for an electric/acoustic performance at Moka's, 701 N. Main.

A student at the University of Kansas with a major in journalism and political science. Garvey started playing guitar at 16-years old and has been writing and producing his own music ever since.

Garvey recently played to a capacity crowd at the Hard Rock Cafi in Paris as part of a musician lineup in a tribute to deceased artist Jeff Buckley. He has been playing at venues in the Wichita and Lawrence area for the past year.

This will be his first performance in Newton, where he attended school for three years prior to his family's move to Valley Center.

- The Kansan - Newton

"Garvey, Fulks, Flavin to Perform At Venue"

Free entertainment opens uptown at 8 p.m. at the new Block 32 Eatery & Pub, 128 S. Christian. In a family friendly atmosphere that includes a restaurant and bar, alternative artist Joe Garvey will perform acoustic and electric guitar sets until 11 p.m.

Garvey, 20, from Valley Center, ( has received recognition performing in Wichita- and Lawrence-area venues the past several months, but his most notable concert of the year was at The Hard Rock Cafi in Paris, France, playing to a full-house along with other invited musicians specializing in interpretations of late artist Jeff Buckley’s music, according to a news release.

Garvey will present a mix of Buckley tunes along with other alternative genre ballads and some original music.

- The Kansan - Newton


"Samhain", released in 2006, self-produced compilation of original tunes. Newer songs are frequently streamed via MySpace or my own website, As an assistant sound engineer at KU, I've founded a new label, Red Glitter Coffin Records, and plan to release some amazing sound in the near future.


Sitting with a guitar on a concrete bench in front of the Old Town Theater in Wichita, Kansas, Joe Garvey felt at home. Playing on the street eliminates the hassles of schedules and contracts and lets the music flow as openly as the Kansas wind. Less-hurried passers-by would stop occasionally to listen to a few songs on their evening treks, tossing in a handful of spare change. From this outdoor venue he'd strum an acoustic to tunes by Joseph Arthur, Green Day, Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, and many other musical influences. But in just one year's time, Joe would leave the openness of Old Town to play in front of a packed crowd in Paris and his musical career would make a fast-paced lift-off.
Like most rock musicians, Joe was taken by music at an early age. Unlike most of those same musicians, he was not inspired to pick up the guitar until he was 16 years old.
"Most people think it's funny that 'Maria Maria' was the song that inspired me to play guitar," Joe recalls. "It wasn't even a rock song; it just featured one lick by Carlos Santana that was played over and over. I knew my dad played electric guitar so I asked him to play the lick for me. It was the first time I had seen a guitar actually played in person. It wasn't a good first impression. I thought it sounded like hell, it was way too loud and screeching." Nonetheless his father said to “take these guitars and play what you want with them.”
After that first impression, Joe left the guitars idle for a few more years. However, in 2004, he discovered Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin) and quickly became enthralled with their multi-layer style.
"I wanted to be just like him Page," Joe says. "I must have watched 'The Song Remains The Same' and listened to 'Early Days' at least a thousand times."
From then on, Joe never put his guitars down. He quickly developed a preference for the acoustic. Over time a primitive set list (consisting mostly of Zeppelin tunes) emerged, and Joe continued to build on it. Periodically, he played shows with a friend (Alex Hatfield) in his basement for their relatives and friends. Their support grew, and it inspired the two teens to start a band, featuring a bassist/keyboardist Ryan Dunbar and drummer Kyle Nitcher from their high school. Often times, the band (named Council of Nine), would incorporate Joe's younger brother Tom Garvey as an additional guitarist or fill-in bassist. The band played through Joe's junior and senior years in high school, at small venues like local battles of the band, pep rallies, and church festivals.
In November of 2006, another monumental introduction occurred. Joe discovered Jeff.
"'Hallelujah' was the first song by Jeff Buckley I’d ever heard; a radio station had listed it among the top 20 rock-n-roll songs of all time and yet I’d never heard of it," Joe remembers. "It was just one of those great, huge things that happens musically. Before I started listening to Zeppelin, I idolized R&B singers like Brian McKnight and Musiq Soulchild. Jeff was sort of the middle man. He had that dynamic, soulful, acrobatic voice that I had grown up emulating. He also had the harder rock side that I was currently playing. When I first heard Jeff I was playing System of a Down covers in my band, but I knew it wasn't really the kind of music I wanted to make. Nothing was the same after 'Hallelujah'."
'Hallelujah' would continue to play a large part in Joe's life. He played the song to a capacity audience at his high school's annual choir concert and talent showcase in 2006.
"I never received applause before like that in my life. It was unreal. I was in love with the song, but it was one of those alternative-sounding pieces. I didn't think the crowd I was playing to would get it at all. I had people coming up to me after that performance telling me they had been in tears. People I had never met or seen before came up to me and told me they had come back for the second night's performance just to hear that song again. I guess that just shows how powerful the song really is, and Jeff Buckley's version takes it to a different level of powerful."
Fast-forward to the summer of 2007. The scene is a bustling street in a not-so-bourgeois neighborhood in Paris, France. Joe Garvey walks with his head down and guitar case in hand towards the Hard Rock Cafe. Later that night, he will join about a dozen artists (most of them European) to play at the first annual Jeff Buckley Tribute-Paris.
"I actually lucked out on getting booked for the show. I had a bunch of online music videos up. 'So Real' and 'Lilac Wine' were a couple of the Jeff songs I was shown playing on YouTube. Apparently, the organizer of the show happened across these videos. She got in touch with me immediately telling me she wanted me to come to Paris to play. So there I was, across the Atlantic, on stage at the Hard Rock. And it was packed. Jeff was huge in France. People had been standing in a li