Joff Lowson began playing banjo and guitar at the age of five.
He spent his teenage years playing in barn dances and folk clubs in the Glastonbury area with ace singer Dave Lush and guesting with the Stawfolk. Moving to Leicester in 1990 he formed the Highfield Boys with Martin Hoyal. Working five or six nights a week they built a strong reputation in the East Midlands and were in constant demand to play as far afield as London and Bristol. They also did live sessions on local radio, culminating in a BBC Pebble Mill session with an audience of 8 million and a Greater London Radio session with an audience of 3 millions.
The Highfield Boys split up in 1994. Joff moved to Bristol where he was immediately offered a job writing for Total Guitar magazine. He was also in demand as a session musician and produced music for several TV programmes, mostly broadcast in the USA. He toured the UK, Germany and Holland with the Coal Porters, appearing in live sessions on MTV, CMTV and BBC Radio 1.
Since then he’s toured France several times with Laurent Chatourel and Matt Thompson, played a Glastonbury Festival main stage with the Blue Aeroplanes and done recording sessions with David Poore, Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Ronnie Rogers of T’ Pau. He is currently playing with the Buffalo Gals and occasionally works as a dep for Hayseed Dixie.
‘Bristol’s answer to Clarence White… in all the years I’ve known Joff, he’s never played a wrong note.’ – Sid Griffin
‘I really like what he does, especially the rockier numbers’ – Dave Swarbrick
‘Absolutely brilliant’ – Billy Connelly
‘One of the UK’s foremost banjo players’ – Swansea Evening Post
‘I really like what Joff is trying to do’ – Dave Stewart, Eurythmics