Joby Fox
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Joby Fox

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From Joby Fox watched the soldiers parachute into Belfast as a child in '69 he has been on a roller coaster ride through life. For better or worse, life has thrown him a lot of curve balls, but they have all been strangely embraced and thrown right back in the shape of beautiful songs. Songs that are put across with his soulful voice and subtle ways, and it is through his music a tough exterior intriguingly reveals a thoughtful and enlightened artist.

When at the age 14 he accidentally saw Rory Gallagher perform in the Ulster Hall his life was set off in an unforseen direction. Three years later Joby was himself performing in the Ulster Hall, having been mentored by Gerry McAvoy the bass player in Rory Gallagher's band. Now 30 years on he is the mentor of many young artists.

Belfast, one of the first songs Joby ever wrote as a teenager growing up in the war-torn city would later make it to number 42 in the British Charts and number 1 in Ireland.

Joby started his career in a punky band called The Bankrobbers, under Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations. The band was well-known for their publicity stunts at a time when music promotions was almost non-existent in Northern Ireland. Most (in)famously, The Bankrobbers printed £50 notes with their logo on, which would later have them airlifted and flown to court in London on charges of counterfeiting and forgery. The band was eventually signed to EMI in 1983 and released two singles – Jenny and Dear Miss Problem Page.

After The Bankrobbers in 1985 Joby went to London again to focus on his musical career. He joined Energy Orchard and managed to land a record deal with MCA in 1988.
It was Energy Orchard's first single 'Belfast', written by Fox that really kicked off the band's career. They worked hard and toured the first album “Energy Orchard” extensively in UK, Europe and North America over 3 years till Joby eventually left the band in 1991.

Away from the Rock 'n Roll lifestyle and back in Belfast being a full-time father he started writing songs again. Now the children have all grown-up and Joby is left with stacks of ideas and a sack full of amazing songs. His music has matured since the early days of punk and reflects a life of experience.

Over the years Joby has worked with a variety of artist from Steve Earle to Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as a number of top producers like Mick Glossop and John Brand. He is also a trained studio engineer and has produced dance tracks for Sony.