Joe Volk

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Joe Volk
Joe Volk.jpg
Joe Volk in Helsinki, Finland. February 2011
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresAcoustic, Folk.
Years active2002–present
LabelsInvada, Glitterhouse
Associated actsBoris,[1] Crippled Black Phoenix, Gonga, Portishead

Joe Volk is an English musician and songwriter from Bristol now based in Bern, Switzerland. He was lyricist and singer with the bands Gonga and Crippled Black Phoenix, and is a solo recording artist.


As a solo artist, Volk was first signed to Invada Records[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. In December 2012, Volk released a split 12" EP on Invada Records with the experimental Japanese band Boris.[5]

In 2015, Volk signed to Glitterhouse Records and released his second solo album 'Happenings and Killings' in February 2016.[6] The album was produced by Volk, with additional production and orchestration by the Emmy nominated composer Ben Salisbury[7] along with Geoff Barrow.[8]


He was first signed to Invada Records as the singer with extreme hard rock band Gonga. Volk left the band in 2007, after writing and releasing two albums with the group.[9] Volk was the original singer and lyricist in Crippled Black Phoenix, a band founded by Justin Greaves in 2004. He left the band in 2012 after releasing six studio albums, one live album and one EP with the band.[10]


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

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  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. ^ "Boris / Joe Volk - Split Release EP". 29 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ Records, Glitterhouse. "Glitterhouse Records :: Artists". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Ben Salisbury". Ben Salisbury. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Joe Volk - Happeningsandkillings". Discogs. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Gonga". Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Crippled Black Phoenix". Discogs. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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