Joe Volk

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Joe Volk
Joe Volk.jpg
Joe Volk in Helsinki, Finland. February 2011
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Acoustic, folk
Years active 2002–present
Labels Invada
Associated acts Boris,[1] Crippled Black Phoenix, Gonga, Portishead

Joe Volk is an English musician and songwriter based in Bristol.


Volk is signed to Invada Records as a solo artist[2][3] and released his debut album 'Derwent Waters Saint' in 2006. The album was recorded, engineered and produced by Adrian Utley,[4] guitarist with the band Portishead. Volk started recording a new album in January 2011, again working with Utley, as well as Emmy nominated composer Ben Salisbury.[5]

His last solo performance in the UK was in 2009 at the Colston Hall,[6] Bristol. He performed with the Bristol Ensemble chamber orchestra as part of the 'Invada Invasion'[7][8] event curated by Geoff Barrow. Volk started playing live again in February 2011, playing a handful of shows in Finland.[9][10]

He is the Great Grandson of electrical engineer and inventor Magnus Volk.


He was first signed to Invada Records as the singer with hard rock band Gonga. Volk left the band in 2007, after writing and releasing two albums with the group.[11]

Volk was for a while also the singer and lyricist in Crippled Black Phoenix, a band founded by Justin Greaves in 2004.

Since releasing Derwent Waters Saint, Volk has released seven albums and four EP's with these bands.

Other work[edit]

Volk composed the music for the National Geographic documentary Cryonics – Freeze Me. His song 'The Sun Also Rises' was featured in the BBC short film 'Small Dark Places'.[12] He has worked on several projects with the visual artist John Minton.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BORIS AND JOE VOLK TO RELEASE SPLIT RECORD 10TH DECEMBER 2012". Silver pr. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (21 September 2009). "Invada Invasion of DiS: Geoff Barrow talks Bristol and BEAK>". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Fine Tuned: 8 February (29 February 2008). "Bristol - Entertainment - Fine Tuned: February 08". BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joe Volk | Clash Music Exclusive Ones To Watch". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ben Salisbury". Ben Salisbury. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mogwai confirmed for Invada Invasion at opening". Colston Hall. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Bloomfield, Philip (1 October 2009). "Invada Invasion: the DiS review". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Invada Invasion Preview". Nme.Com. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  9. ^ " - Uutiset: Joe Volk kolmelle Suomen-keikalle helmikuussa". Retrieved 13 June 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ Sam Norgate (12 April 2011). "Joe Volk - live in Finland". Invada. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gonga". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Joe Volk - All Tomorrow's Parties". 9 October 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "John Minton". Minton Film. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 

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