Elbow shows no signs of slowing down 

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Hats off once again to Mancunian movers and shakers Elbow, who show no signs of slowing down.

Yes, the Genesis-minded prog-rockers were a surprise addition to this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. But everything about Guy Garvey and company is unexpected these days, ever since they won Britain’s coveted Mercury Prize in 2009 for “The Seldom Seen Kid,” with a 2010 BRIT Award for Best British Band for icing on the cake.

Garvey has even become a well-known radio DJ overseas, for the cherry on top. It couldn’t get any better than this, could it?

Yes, it could.

The BBC has just announced that Elbow will compose a special pice of music for the organization, to be used exclusively across all of their coverage of the 2012 Olympics.Currently in the initial stages of production, the work will be used in not only the dramatic buildup to London 2012, but for the events themselves.

Garvey offered this humble comment on the honor: “We are knocked out to be involved and it’s been quite a challenge. We have feelings of real responsibility, as we will be the soundtrack to so many images of personal sacrifice and endeavor while the nation roots for, and celebrates with, Team GB.”

Catch up with Elbow’s latest album “build a rocket boys!” at www.elbow.co.uk.

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