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Do you remember the singing duo Mr. & Mrs. Garvey?

Posted Monday, September 6, 2010, at 1:49 PM

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Mr. & Mrs. Garvey
I used to be into the folk music realm back in the late 60's but somehow I missed this duo. I came across their album recently and found out what I missed.

Here is a nice blog about their work. Sadly, they did not stay together and Pat has fallen on tough health challenges, but they have some great music to their credit.

http://oldfolkie71.blogspot.com/2007/10/...

If you know of them or better yet, are a fan, please share your memories. I am not sure how many records they put out, but they deserve more notoriety.

According to their album they wrote all the words and music to their selections, which explains why I never heard any of them. Their titles are intriguing and words even more so.


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This immediately made me think of the characters "Mitch & Mickey" in Christopher Guest's hilarious "A Mighty Wind" -- which, if you haven't seen, you need to, immediately or sooner.

I'm not familiar with the Garveys but it sounds like they might have been part of the inspiration for Mitch and Mickey, just as "The Folksmen" are obviously based on the Kingston Trio and the Chad Mitchell Trio, and "The New Main Street Singers" are obviously the New Christy Minstrels.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Sep 6, 2010, at 11:08 PM

I'll look it up John. Thanks. If I find a good link, I will post it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 9:27 AM

There were numerous sites especially YouTube, but with a little weeding out I found the offical site http://amightywindonline.warnerbros.com/

Mickey looked so muck like Victoria (Vickey) Garvey that kept going until I found her name. Still not convinced they are not one and the same person, but I have run out of time today.

I would like to see the movie all the way through and will see about getting a copy.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 9:57 AM

It's a really funny movie, as are Christopher Guest's other mock documentaries ("Waiting For Guffman," "Best In Show," and "For Your Consideration"). The plot of "A Mighty Wind" involves three 60s-era folk groups reuniting for a TV special after the death of their longtime manager. Guest has a sort of stock company of actors he works with over and over again, and much of the dialogue is improvised. I've never seen the TV show "Glee," but Jane Lynch -- who is supposedly very funny as the evil cheerleading coach -- is also one of Guest's regulars, and she is particularly funny in "A Mighty Wind."

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 10:04 AM

I used to hear Pat and Victoria Garvey often at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York back in the early 70's. I had the album "Mr. and Mrs. Garvey" and actually found a second one at a flea market. Alas they were both destroyed when my basement flooded a few years ago. I LOVED that record! And they were terrific as a duo. I recorded one of their songs, "The Trail of Tears" on one of my own CDs.

Pat and Victoria eventually parted company, and later Victoria married Don Armstrong. She has been performing with him ever since. I had the good fortune to host them in my home once when they were in Michigan. You can find them at donandvictoria.com. They have a really good sound and a great following in the southwest. They live in Tucson.

I was sad to read online that Pat Garvey has suffered a stroke - or maybe more than one. I read something a while back about a benefit at Cafe Lena for Victoria for health care of some sort. I don't know what that was about. Guess we all have our challenges sooner or later. It's wonderful that both Pat and Victoria have left such a rich legacy that will live beyond them.

-- Posted by Pamelachappell on Sun, May 12, 2013, at 6:46 PM

Pamela, I'm afraid I sold that album on eBay a while back, but I will keep my eye out for them. It was one to which I truly enjoyed listening

What a great remembrance you have of them and especially Victoria. I bookmarked that website and will research it later this week. Thanks so much!

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 13, 2013, at 9:24 AM

I am so glad to see something posted about this couple. I had googled them some time back, but came up with nothing. Now there are several listings.

I first became familiar with their album in 1969, while living in a commune at North and Wells in Chicago. (The area was much different back then than it is now.) We used to play that album a lot. All I remember of the songs was the one with the lyrics: "Today is the first day of the rest of my life; I'll wake as a child and see the world begin." The lyrics were powerful and have stayed with me all these years, and wish I could find that album somewhere. Thanks for the great memories.

-- Posted by yeunome on Wed, Jan 29, 2014, at 5:05 PM

Not sure if today's performers would move me the same as they (and others of the time) did. Pat and Victoria had a "special" touch.

I've started to run into a resurgence of folk in Nashville. I met a local girl from Nashville on a flight out of Detroit International who was returning from a folk concert in Switzerland.

Seems more popular in Europe right now. Her name is Erin Rae.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 30, 2014, at 11:00 AM

Kathleen Williamson from Arizona wrote to me this morning to let me know Victoria Garvey, known as Victoria Armstrong for most of her life passed away last night. A more current photo and snippets from her life can be found on her husband's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/armstrong.dv?fr...

According to Kathleen, she "played music right to the end".

Lung cancer apparently took her. "She was a very spiritual and special woman".

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 6, 2014, at 5:47 AM

Victoria actually succumbed to a recurrence of colon cancer that returned after five years. There will be a memorial for her here in Tucson on Sunday, June 15, and one at Caffe Lena (our favorite place to play) in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday, Sept. 8. We had almost completed a new CD, which should be available by summer's end, along with a reissue of both Mr. & Mrs. Garvey (now entitled "Bon Voyage, Miss Tischhauser") and Songs: 1965 - 1971, both on CD.

-- Posted by Don Armstrong on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 11:19 PM

Thanks for your post Don and our sincere condolences for your loss and everyone's in Victoria's life. I will also post your words on another post regarding Victoria.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 21, 2014, at 9:13 AM

Oh Don, I am so sorry! What a terrible loss. She was a very special woman. May her next journey be blessed and beautiful.

-- Posted by Pamelachappell on Mon, May 26, 2014, at 4:48 PM

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Victoria.

I loved the Mr. and Mrs. Garvey album but it went missing when I moved several years ago--along with long-favored Allen-Ward Trio and the first US Corries with Paddy Bell albums.

Anyone know how to get copies of any of these.

-- Posted by Faye2023 on Wed, Jul 23, 2014, at 11:11 PM

There is a Buy It Now available on Ebay for 14.99 and 4.00 shipping. There are several others but they are all more expensive. I did not look for the others........

-- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Jul 24, 2014, at 12:01 AM

Thanks for looking palindrome.

Faye, you might also try Gemm.com and musicstack.com

I'll look around some as well, later today.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 24, 2014, at 1:05 AM

I only found one with Paddy Bell on MusicStack but there was some interesting background on the Corries.

"Scottish folk music duo Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne. Started off in 1962 as the Corrie Folk Trio made up of Roy Williamson, Bill Smith, and Ron Cruikshank who parted company soon after and so Ronnie Browne joined.

They also teamed up for a while with Irish singer Paddie Bell. By 1965 Bill and Paddie had moved on and Roy and Ronnie carried on as a duo called The Corries.

Sadly Roy (a fervent rugby fan himself) died in 1990 of cancer from a brain tumour although he lived long enough to see his Scotland side win the 1990 Grand Slam that year. "

On Gemm there was one by Allen-Ward Trio but wow, what a price!

There are actually quite a few choices on eBay. I thought Gemm and Musicstack would beat eBay, but it didn't. If you search for Paddie Bell use the "ie" version. Many more come up.

However, many are from United Kingdom, so as palindrome mentioned, they will be more expensive to acquire.

The Allen-Ward Trio is a little more elusive. Only two on eBay but much better price than Gemm.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 24, 2014, at 10:25 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.