Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Garvey
For those with some time on their hands, you can jump back to the posts from 8/30 and 9/03, and perhaps you'll be shocked at the change in style and demeanor of this extraordinary couple, Pat and Victoria Garvey. The years from 1967 to 1971 ignited some of the greatest cultural changes of any four-year period in history, and they are living, visual, proof. I have reason to believe that the photographer here is Murl Webster.
Since their work only exists on vinyl, I guess I have to invite you over to my house to show you what amazing musicians they were. You could search out Steve Goodman's version of "The Lovin' of the Game", which is awesome, but you wouldn't get that eerie harmonic convergence of the two voices. Come to my New Years Eve party and we'll play the albums, and I'll show you the chords to "Song For Kansas". I'm serious, just send an email. Wichita's close to everywhere, right?
The Garveys, along with Art Eskridge and Charlie Cloud, are among the few that played both student-run festivals. I had the great pleasure of speaking with Victoria (now Armstrong) by telephone from her home in southern New Mexico. I hope I was able to rein in my profound admiration for her and her work. Understandably, she doesn't remember a lot about Winfield - they played all over and you know, frankly, forty years is a long time for the human brain to hold much besides sawdust and old movies. She does remember Stuart, of course, because they had one of his guitars, and she remembers the Bromberg - Crary thing from 1971 - but anyone within half a mile of that gymnasium remembers the Bromberg - Crary thing. Victoria is still active on the folk circuit as half of the duo, Don and Victoria Armstrong. Kansans can catch them on occasion at the Iron Horse in El Dorado.
Pat Garvey suffered a stroke in 2006 and is residing at the Eastern Montana VA Home.
Next, another profound fashion statement, this time from Johnny Vandiver.