Garvey has also been known to flex his creative muscles outside of the Elbow camp, most notably producing the debut album from indie rock act I Am Kloot, as well as their subsequent efforts -- with his bandmate Craig Potter -- and appearing on the seminal Massive Attack album Heligoland. He released his first solo effort, Courting the Squall, in 2015, a more straightforward, less cinematic effort than the aforementioned Elbow albums. Garvey described the need to put out a solo record as a desire to increase his creative output after reaching 40.
Aside from his recognized musical efforts, his other disciplines were plenty -- Garvey was also well known as a radio presenter, first with XFM and then more prominently with BBC 6 Music on Sunday afternoons, as well as a prominent member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University in recognition of his service to the arts and, as of 2015, presented the show Music Box on BBC iPlayer, showcasing new and emerging artists. ~ Rob Wacey