Joe Farler, banjo and guitar
Joe joined the Big Chris Barber Band at the end of September 2006 for his first appearance in Giessen, Germany.
Born 1964 in a musically interested family, Joe was influenced by his father, who used to be a trumpet player. Joe started at the age of 10 to play first the trumpet and later French horn.
His musical career began in about 1986, while studying at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, finishing with a BMus (Tonmeister) degree. Joe played banjo and guitar in different bands in the Bristol and South Wales area until joining the Big Chris Barber Band in 2006. He was a member of Henry's Bootblacks, a band playing in the classical 1920's hot jazz style, and led by his uncle. Later he played banjo with the Gwyn Lewis Speakeasy Jazz Band, a band more in the "trad jazz" style. His excellent guitar playing was featured in Django Chutney, a string band that follows the roots of the well known Belgian jazz guitar player Django Reinhardt.
(Text by Andreas Wandfluh; photographs by Helge Lorenz and Andreas Wandfluh.)