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The debut single, Perfect Stranger, will be launched at Kings Street Arts centre on Thursday 25 February, as part of the Nashville Songwriter Festival. There will be a very special live performance from Joby to be filmed for DVD, to be released later this year. Joby Fox will also perform at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival’s 6th Birthday Concert at the Kings Head on Sunday 28 February with the legendary Ultravox front man, Midge Ure.

Joby Fox was a founding member of the iconic Belfast rock band Energy Orchard. The band released their classic, self titled and critically acclaimed UK Top 50 album back in 1990. Energy Orchard where famously championed by then MCA record label mate, Steve Earle. They toured the world and, reputation has it, properly enjoyed a true rock n’ roll experience!

Whilst the majority of the songs were written by front man Bap Kennedy, it was Joby Fox that wrote the bands breakthrough single, Belfast. This debut single made the official UK singles chart and was an Irish number 1.

Brought up in Catholic tradition, though now a practicing agnostic, writing has always been a vehicle for Joby to purge his emotions and relieve his emotional tensions. This debut single, Perfect Stranger, explores the period in his life which was ruled by alcohol and hedonism.

Joby’s confidence in song writing has developed over recent years. This has helped him import some of the subjects that he feels are important to write and sing about. Although his sound is more contemporary pop than folk, telling stories and dealing with particular issues, social, political or otherwise, is what defines him as a song writer today.

“I’ve grown up with a folk tradition of storytelling through songs,” says Joby, “My mother would often launch into a ballad at any given point in the day, and my father would tell stories that were at times horrifying and others like parables and useful for life.”

Joby Fox is also a well known member of Belfast local arts community. He works day to day with various community groups and regeneration projects, and runs the independent arts organization King Street Arts in Belfast’s Castle Quarter area.

Available via on-line retail from: Monday 22 February
Belfast Nashville Songwriters Fest, Kings Street Arts @ 7pm: Thurs 25 Feb (free)
Belfast Nashville Songwriters Fest, King Head (Midge Ure): Sun 28 Feb

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