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Connor Garvey to perform at Chosen Bean

April 13, 2018

Connor Garvey, an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chatfield Center for the Arts as part of the Chosen Bean Concert series.

Garvey combines the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical qualities of a poet, and the abilities of a seasoned storyteller. His singing style has drawn comparisons from Paul Simon to Jason Mraz.

Garvey’s interest in music and writing began at a young age. Both of his parents are educators, and his father was a songwriter. Growing up in a musical family, Garvey developed the belief that songwriting is a method for bringing community together.

On his latest release, “Meteors and Beating Hearts,” Garvey addresses personal and universal themes through a series of lyrical stories. Many of his songs were written as assignments for a weekly songwriting group; the challenge of writing a new song each week pushed Garvey to take a new approach to songwriting.

Garvey has won numerous awards, including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival, and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions. He was also voted the Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer-songwriter by Sirius XM’s The Coffee House.

Originally a drummer, Garvey picked up the guitar in his teens in part because his best friend was better with the sticks and together the two could form a rock band if Garvey played guitar. But he never lost his rhythm, which remains at the core of his music style.

The final Chosen Bean concert for the season is Joe Crookston. He takes the stage on April 28. Crookston plays guitar and fiddle, writes songs, is a member of an eco-village and was named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence.