Back in the mists of time, when Terri Hooley was king and Belfast rocked with Good Vibrations, Joby Fox was a familiar face.
“Terri was the light at the end of the tunnel for bands like us,” he said.
Originally with badboy band The Bankrobbers, Fox played his part in unsettling the music scene here before heading to the bright lights of London, and venues like the Marquee.
After The Bankrobbers packed away their swag bags Fox enjoyed his finest hour when he founded Energy Orchard with Bap Kennedy. He wrote the band’s biggest hit, Belfast, and they secured a five-album deal — unheard of in those times.
Energy Orchard spent three years touring Europe and America enjoying what Fox described as “a mad rock’n’roll lifestyle” before he stepped away from the spotlight.
So that’s the back story. Whatever happened to Joby Fox?
These days his profile may be lower, but his passion for making music is as strong as ever.
This evening there’s a chance to catch up with his latest venture when his End Of The War Show takes prides of place at Queen’s Film Theatre.
It’s a music and film project, interweaving Fox’s songs, soundscapes, and a short film called Lost Commandos. Partly shot in the Stormont Estate, it follows four commandos caught in a trap, and features local actors.
Fox is understandably looking forward to the event, which is actually a sort of double bill.
“After the live show I get to introduce my favourite film, A Fistful Of Dynamite,” he said. Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western stars James Coburn as Sean Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British in Mexico, who becomes entangled with a revolution far from home.
“The two shows are inextricably linked,” said Fox. “So, if you can, try and come along for both.”
Fox has also re-recorded his song Belfast, and has added a third verse which provides a comment on his life and his city over the past 30 years. I wouldn’t bet against him adding a fourth in a few years’ time.
Long runs the fox…
The End Of The War Show, QFT, tonight, 7pm