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The Marwills / Bio

Brett Bonvie, lead singer, drives a black '68 Camaro. He purchased it shortly after the VW van he used to drive broke down in the Mexican desert. The drummer, James Law (BMus), owns a knife that must taste blood before being resheathed and has ridden a unicycle down the tallest mountain in Britain. Skilled at starting a fire with nothing but damp cedar shavings and a flint, lead guitarist Graeme McGillivray (BMus) likes to break out the moonshine after a day in the backcountry. Rhythm guitar player Jesse Morrissey has a shotgun, uses no effects, and keeps his distortion natural.
Collectively known as The Marwills, these 4 band members live in Toronto and rehearse on the basement stage they built by hand. This is where they have developed and refined their sound: tight, ballsy, and bluesy, it is intense guitar-driven rock and roll with a focus on outstanding musicianship. Each member's own tastes and influences show through, often lending elements of country, jazz, and funk to their music.

"...this is what real musicians should sound like." Baxter Labatos (Sphere Music Blog)

"Made my hair stand up...Fans of Traffic-era Steve Winwood are gonna love this one." Brad Mennie (The Big Groove Radio Show), on the track Moonshine Hill

On Dec. 28, 2012, the band independently released their self-written/recorded/produced/mixed album, "Marwill St."

General Info

Band Members
Brett Bonvie, James Law, Jesse Morrissey, Graeme McGillivray, Bryn Besse
Artist Name
The Marwills
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / Blues / Classic Rock

Contact Info

Toronto, ON, CA