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The Jo Philby Band
The Band
B4 gig!
Brewery gig!
Throat pastilles!
Jo and piano stairs
Phil on guitar
Jo and guitar
Jo at Piano studio
Kathie Touin
Elaine Grieve
Aidan Moodie
Donal Murphy

Jo has grown as a performer in her own right since moving to Orkney in 2002. She regularly appears at the Orkney folk Festival & many community events. Jo has recorded two albums, 'Saltwater & Stone' - 2009 & 'Beneath the Starry Sky' - 2012.

She toured the south of England promoting her debut album in 2009 & last year she did a tour in both the south of England & Scotland promoting her latest release, 'Beneath the Starry Sky' with her current line-up.

Jo has a knack of drawing people into the stories she sings about & sometimes people even find themselves joining in during chorus songs.Having been part of the Irish & English session scene down in the South of England, Jo has learnt to source a varied collection of songs.

Over these years as with most musicians Jo's line up has changed. During 2010-2012 Kathie Touin was her main accompanist. Kathie accompanied Jo beautifully on piano & keyboard. She was a key musician on 'Beneath the Starry Sky' & also partly recorded the album at her Starling studio here in Orkney. Kathie is a great arranger & thus did this for piano,cello & low whistle for the album. Have a look at Kathie's own work at

Derek Curtis plays & makes wonderful Irish wooden flutes. He features on both albums. He has his own website so take a peek at this lovely craft of instrument making at

Linda Hamilton has guested & plays haunting cello on 'Beneath the Starry Sky'. She also plays with the prestigious Orkney Camerata.

 "together they create a beautiful & mesmerising sound that takes the listener on a musical journey through song"


Jo Philby Band current line up 2015

Good Folk songs blended with an Americana twist & an earthy acoustic root!

Tom Robinson has joined myself & Elaine on acoustic guitar & recently added the beautiful sound of the Dobro. Tom is from the ‘hup’ otherwise known as St Margaret’s Hope. Like many local musicians music has been part of his life during school. Tom played with well respected Hadhirgaan who were originally formed by Douglas Montgomery at Kirkwall Grammar School & appeared at Orkney Folk Festival some 14 years ago. He toured with the group when they played in Canada & also on the mainland.

Tom has also played in a Scottish Dance band & currently plays in a local Rock group. But it is his love of acoustic music that has drawn him to be a part of the songs I enjoy singing & to the overall sound of the music created sympathetically with Elaine’s beautiful harmonies & mandola/guitar accompaniment. Tom also shares an enjoyment for Americana/Country/Folk music which suits the style of songs I am drawn to. His guitar playing certainly has these influences.

Aidan Moodie best known for being the guitarist with popular young Orkney band, Broken Strings He joined Jo in 2012 as her lead guitarist. Aidan has gone from strength to strength & is an innovative & inspirational young player. He has added his vitality to the songs Jo loves to sing but also displays sensitivity. Aidan has a varied musical lifestyle as he is also a lead singer for local rock band, Hybrid Constellation. He also plays saxophone & enjoys his Jazz music too. Aidan has a place at The Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow to study music & begins his new venture in September 2014. He is sure to delight band members & audiences alike...he is a name to remember! Aidan is now studying guitar & Scots song at The Conservatoire in Glasgow. Him & Graham formed the duo Gnoss & won a Danny Kyle award at this years Celtic Connections in Glasgow!!

Elaine Grieve sings complimentary harmonies in her own lovely, breathy Orcadian way. Having been out to Nashville with Jo & recorded on Jo's New Album, it has encouraged Elaine to get back to her musical roots. Years ago Elaine played fiddle with The Ruby Rendall Band amongst others. Elaine plays mandola & acoustic guitar. Elaine brings with her a great enthusiasm & love for all types of genres of music.

Graham Rorie also plays for Broken Strings, the fiddle & mandolin.Graham joined Jo's band in 2013 & has brought with him a wealth of knowledge from arrangement of songs to technical strengths. Graham is a very sensitive player particularly on the mandolin. He can also drive the accompaniment along on both instruments along with Aidan's syncopated guitar style. Graham enjoys varied styles of music, which all adds to the band's sound. He plays violin in Orkney's classical group, Camerata & plays fiddle for various other local bands where needed. Graham has also earned himself a well deserved place at The Royal Scottish Conservatoire to study music & begins his musical journey in September 2014. He too is a name to watch out for!

"We all enjoy singing & playing with a passion & hope to give some of the songs I love to sing a new lease of life. Due to our varied musical backgrounds I would say we were very much a Folk band but with an Americana twist. Audiences have told us that it isn't just the music they enjoy about us but also our on stage banter.

So come along & hear us sometime we'd love to meet you! "

Please go to the Tour page where you can get to hear Jo live or if you would like to book Jo please make contact.