Kodiak Island featuring Jo Bartlett to release debut album

Kodiak Island featuring Jo Bartlett debut album 'The Golden Section'
Kodiak Island featuring Jo Bartlett

The D.I.Y. ethic runs deep for Jo Bartlett. As a teenager she started her own club, The Buzz Club so her band, Bluetrain, could support her favourite artists.

When she and her partner Danny Hagan recorded ‘Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy’ as It’s Jo and Danny they set up their own Double Snazzy label to release it; and when It’s Jo and Danny wanted to play a festival, they started their own, The Green Man.

After the split of The Yellow Moon Band, Jo and Danny’s last musical project together, Jo released a couple of solo albums and formed a band around her to play live. The band has now become much more than a solo project.

Listen to the album track ‘Second Around Time’

Kodiak Island are:
Jo Bartlett – Vocals and guitar
Richard Handyside – Guitar, flute and vocals
Mike Muggeridge – Bass guitar
Gareth Palmer – Cajon, percussion and vocals

Kodiak Island live Dates (with more to be arranged):
Always The Sun Festival – Guildford September 11th
Supporting Dodgy at the West End Centre Aldershot October 1st

Kodiak Island featuring Jo Bartlett debut album ‘The Golden Section’ is scheduled for released on Musical BEAR on 7th October, 2016.

Ben Howard to headline Green Man Festival with Band Of Horses

The Green Man Festival
The Green Man Festival

The Green Man Festival has announced Ben Howard as a second headliner for this summer’s festival.

Ben Howard joins Saturday night headliners Band Of Horses at Green Man 2013, plus the brilliant Villagers, Stornoway, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Veronica Falls, Rachel Zeffira, Half Moon Run, Sweet Baboo, Jacco Gardner, Teleman and Annie Dressner are all new additions for this year’s line-up too!

Also, Erol Alkan & Daniel Avery join the Far Our After Dark line-up with a very special night of Phantasy

Ben Howard “The world has lost so many pioneering acoustic guitar virtuosos lately – Davey Graham, John Martyn, Bert Jansch – that seeing a young man channelling their spirit and technique… can’t help but prove heartening.” The Guardian

Villagers return to Green Man with new album Awayland poised to cement the success of beguiling debut Becoming A Jackal. New single Nothing Arrived, currently receiving heavy radio play, is a corker.

Stornoway return in March with Tales From Terra Firma – an album of compositional and lyrical depth, but one that retains the charm of the debut so many fell in love with.

Johnny Flynn cites Yeats and Shakespeare among his influences, and aided by backing band The Sussex Wit, his cerebral folk rock went down a storm at Green Man 2010.

Erol Alkan & Daniel Avery are, respectively, the founder and current shining star of the Phantasy Sound label. The latter remixed the likes of Django Django, The 2Bears and The Horrors in 2012.

Veronica Falls recently released second album Waiting For Something To Happen last week has been given five stars in the Guardian, and needless to say it is great.

Rachel Zeffira released her debut solo album The Deserters in December. The Canadian singer is one half of Cats Eyes, alongside Faris Badwan of The Horrors.

Half Moon Run is a Canadian trio that fuses restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.

Sweet Baboo releases new album Ships in April. Current single Let’s Go Swimming Wild, out yesterday, is a sublime piece of bittersweet, brass-driven Welsh indie pop.

Jacco Gardner is a 24-year-old maverick psychedelic musician from Holland whose Cabinet Of Curiosities album calls to mind disparate influences including Curt Boettcher, Broadcast and Nirvana.

Teleman are an ace new London three-piece that rose from the ashes of former band Pete & The Pirates. Recent single Cristina is one of the tunes of 2013 so far.

Annie Dressner recently moved to the UK from her hometown of New York City; her new EP, East Twenties, showcases her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals.

The Green Man Festival

Thursday August 15th – Sunday August 18th 2013

Location: Glanusk Estate, Black Mountains, Wales

About Green Man:

Wales’ leading award winning contemporary music and arts festival located in the stunning Brecon Beacons – the river Usk flows around the perimeter and the Black Mountains stand impressively as the backdrop to the ‘Mountain Stage’. Whilst the festival is 100% independent, it still draws a stellar line up each year with over 400 acts performing over nine stages. Plus comedy, literature, cinema, Einstein’s Garden, Chai Wallahs, massage & therapy, art installations, dusk til dawn bonfire, 7 day camping option, over 100 activities for kids & teens, 24hr bars serving local ales and cider, gourmet food & local produce, idealic camp-site with hot showers and stunning views.

2012 UK Festival Awards ‘Grass Roots Festival Award’ winner:

The Grass Roots Award is “for festivals that should be celebrated, not just for the courage, vision, commitment and often personal sacrifice invested by their organisers, but also because they never forget where they’ve come from, supporting their local communities and new music along the way while retaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation.” – The UK Festival Awards

Line-up so far:

Band of Horses / Ben Howard / Local Natives / The Horrors / Edwyn Collins / Roy Harper / Villagers / Stornoway / F ck Buttons / Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit / The Pastels / Archie Bronson Outfit / Veronica Falls / James Yorkston / Woods / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Moon Duo / Matt Berry / Arbouretum / This is the Kit / Half Moon Run / Rachel Zeffira / Buke & Gase / Fossil Collective / Sweet Baboo / Jacco Gardner / Teleman / Ellen & The Escapades / Bear’s Den / Rozi Plain / Blaenavon / Zervas & Pepper / Flamingods / Trwbador / Wild Smiles / Fist of the First Man / DJ Fitz / Cowbois Rhos Botonwwog / Huw M / Annie Eve / Annie Dressner / Mo Kenney

“After Dark”- Phantasy feat. Erol Alkan & Daniel Avery / Andrew Weatherall / Jon Hopkins (live)

Tickets (Please note that all our ticket prices exactly the same as 2012):

Green Man 2013 Festival Ticket

Adult = £145

Student = £125

Teen (13-17yrs) = £75

Child (5-12yrs) = £5

Infant (0-4yrs) = FREE but ticket required

Live In Vehicle = £60

Family Camping Car Park = £5 (all cars require ticket)

General Camping Car Park = £5 (all cars require ticket)

Green Man 2013 Holiday – you must have also purchased a festival ticket to take advantage of this offer

Holiday Ticket = £40

Holiday Car Park = £5 (all cars require ticket)

Holiday Live In Vehicle – £60

Green Man 2013 Festival Deposit – pay an initial deposit of 50% (plus booking fee and postage) now to secure your Green Man 2013 Festival ticket and pay the balance before Tuesday 30th April 2013

Please note that all deposits are non-refundable, and Green Man will be unable to send out your tickets until the full balance is paid. Click here to book your tickets and see the full terms and conditions

About Green Man:

Wales’ leading award winning contemporary music and arts festival located in the stunning Brecon Beacons – the river Usk flows around the perimeter and the Black Mountains stand impressively as the backdrop to the ‘Mountain Stage’. Whilst the festival is 100% independent, it still draws a stellar line up each year with over 400 acts performing over nine stages. Plus comedy, literature, cinema, Einstein’s Garden, Chai Wallahs, massage & therapy, art installations, dusk til dawn bonfire, 7 day camping option, over 100 activities for kids & teens, 24hr bars serving local ales and cider, gourmet food & local produce, idealic camp-site with hot showers and stunning views.

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Green Man Festival will premiere ‘lost’ Leonard Cohen film Bird On A Wire

Leonard Cohen

Music fans with tickets for the Green Man Festival are in a for a very rare treat, organisers are rolling out the Green carpet and turning the ‘Far Out Tent’ into a 2,000 capacity cinema on Thursday night (August 19th) for the UK Premiere of the Tony Palmer directed film Bird On A Wire.

Almost four decades after it was first made, this is the strange tale of Bird On A Wire – a remarkably candid documentary captured across all 20 concerts of Leonard Cohen’s 1972 European Tour.

A hitherto unseen insight into the world of one of music’s genuine geniuses, this near-mythical piece of musical history was hijacked and hacked up upon its completion.

Reluctantly lost from director Tony Palmer’s hands, artistic wrangling and massive editorial cuts mean Bird On A Wire has never been seen as its makers intended.

Now, having languished in the vaults for 38 years, the original film has been salvaged, restored and pieced back together through a huge labour of love (and just a little luck) – and you can see it first at Green Man.

Director Tony Palmer, who has previously made films with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, said: “Maybe what is valuable about the film today is not only that it contains 17 of Cohen’s greatest songs performed by him in his prime, it has a real feel for the rough and tumble and difficulties of life on the road. I know of few other films where the backstage confusion comes so vividly to life, with Cohen apparently taking no notice whatsoever of the camera. I doubt if today we would be allowed such access.
The songs are haunting, unforgettably so. The poetry is extraordinary. But so is the man. Looking back after 38 years, my admiration for Cohen remains undiminished. The original film was made with love – I hope that quality once again shines through the restored film.”

Producer Stephen Machat, whose late father the famous industry stalwart Marty Machat managed the star until his death in 1988, added: “This film is the culmination of an epic journey. My father cajoled Leonard into documenting his tour even though Leonard didn’t want to. But my father could see what it would mean. At the time, I had no idea why he was interested in doing this. But on viewing the beautiful film that Tony has put together, I see it and feel it.”

This UK exclusive will take place on the Thursday night of this year’s festival – an extra special treat for all you Holiday Campers and early arrivals. What better way to raise the curtain on what promises to be the best-ever Green Man festival?

The sold out Green Man Festival takes place in the Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales from August 19th to August 22nd.