Joby  Fox

Joby Fox

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

I am an artist from Belfast, writing about life and death in a place of transformation. My music draws from folk, country and western, punk and pop and Irish traditional. The music is both open hard-hitting, beautiful and real; backed by the best musicians in Ireland.

Biography

JOBY FOX - BIOGRAPHY

"The songs on offer are high on melody and fuelled with human emotion, resulting in each one carrying a powerful, social and political message while at the same time being beautifully wrapped up for mass consumption like an iron fist in a velvet glove." (The Irish News)

Post-conflict artist and singer/songwriter Joby Fox in partnership with SOJO Music & Film has launched their "End of the War" project. The album comprises beautifully interwoven tracks and soundscapes, and the show which premiered at Belfast's most prestigious festival - Belfast Festival at Queen's - uses visuals and their short film "Lost Commandos" - a visual statement on post-conflict Belfast.

Having written and co-produced the album and directed the short film "Lost Commandos" it is an interesting turn in his career. In the past Joby has worked with a variety of artist from Steve Earle to Lee “Scratch” Perry, along with 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.

Belfast's no. 1

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 wrote as a teenager growing up in the war-torn city would later make it to UK Top 50 Charts and number 1 in Ireland.

The Bankrobbers arrested

Joby started his career in a punky band called The Bankrobbers, under Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label. 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.

Energy Orchard

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 a period of 3 years till Joby eventually left the band in 1991.

In the time since Energy Ochard Joby has never stopped writing songs, and it is on strength of this enormous amount of material that End of the War has come to fruition. However, in the past few years he has had to balance his creative work with working in the local community in the Belfast city centre. As one of the founders of the Folktown area, in which his rehearsal studio is situated, he has become increasingly more involved in social enterprise. Combining his expertise in music with social enterprise he is now working to re-invigorate this neglected area of the city through music, arts and culture.

Discography

The Bankrobbers - On My Mind (single, EMI and Good Vibrations)
The Bankrobbers - Jenny (single, EMI)
Energy Orchard - Energy Orchard (LP, MCA Records)
Energy Orchard - Belfast (single, MCA Records)
Energy Orchard - Sailortown (single, MCA Records)
Energy Orchard - Somebody's Brother (single, MCA Records)
Energy Orchard - King of Love (single, MCA Records)
The Sound of the Irish Underground (Sony)
Joby Fox - Perfect Stranger (single, SOJO)

Set List

45 mins set:

Perfect Stranger
Its All Right Now
Republican & Loyalist
Angels Fly
Reality
End of the War
Ballad of Noam Chomsky
I Love You
Insane Asylum
Freedom and the Monkey Boy
Let it Go
Working Class Hero by John Lennon