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West Belfast singer pens new song based on his experience of working with refugees on Greek island of Lesbos

West Belfast singer, Joby Fox is due to release a new single `The World Is Crazy' this weekend. The new song is inspired by the singer's experiences of working with refugees fleeing war-torn Syria in Lesbos, Greece
Marie Louise McConville

A west Belfast singer who spent time on the Greek island of Lesbos helping refugees fleeing war-torn Syria has written a new song inspired by the experience.

Joby Fox, who is from Andersonstown, set up Refugee Rescue, a search and rescue team which operates along the north shore of Lesbos.

The group's crew and boat, ‘Mo Chara' are on call 24 hours per day to assist those in distress at sea and provide emergency relief for those arriving.

The Belfast musician and humanitarian has now written a song `The World Is Crazy' about his experiences in Lesbos.

Speaking to the Irish News from Denmark, where he is on lock-down with his Danish-born wife, Sophie, Joby said: "We went down there and started up a search and rescue team and that experience inspired it.

The singer said the new EP, from which the single is taken, also includes a number of bonus tracks.

The musician officially launched the new single online from Denmark, which is around 10 days ahead of the UK and Ireland in the fight against Covid-19.

He revealed that the country is preparing to send some children back to school next week.

"They are putting out marquees outside the kindergardens so they are keeping to social distancing and all of that," he said.

He also revealed his time in Denmark had helped his creativity.

"My ideas are coming to me nicely," he said.

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