My name is Jo.
I was in my first band at 14. I promoted my first gig at 17. I went on to promote loads of gigs at The Buzz Club in Aldershot, which I started with Danny Hagan in 1985. We put on bands including The Stone Roses, Blur, The Manic Street Preachers, Suede, The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, The Charlatans and lots more. Soon you’ll be able to see all the fliers, posters, live recordings and memories I’ve collected on this site.
Danny and I were always in bands while we promoted gigs. Really we promoted the gigs so we could get to support our favourite bands. We were part of the C-86 movement, releasing a couple of 12″s on Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld Records.
We’ve released records in many guises over the years on various labels. We signed to R.C.A. as It’s Jo and Danny in 2000. We had our music used for the goal round up on Match of the Day and had a Single of the Week on the Virgin Radio drive time show. But, ultimately proving we clearly weren’t meant for the world of the majors we were dropped not long afterwards.
Luckily, this caused us to start the Green Man Festival in Wales in 2003.
We had our music used by Liam Gallagher and included on the Guitar Hero computer game as The Yellow Moon Band.
We moved on from the Green Man in 2011 after booking such artists as Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, James Blake, Billy Bragg, The National, Laura Marling, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy oh and so many more. So much more. I’m only writing about the first three Green Man Festivals. Danny and I started it from nothing and ran it on our own up until that point, so those are the important ones to me.
If you’re curious to go a bit further back, you can see my Dad’s wonderful 33mm photos of the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in the late ’60s to mid -’70’s.
I’m also very happy to be asking some of the fantastic people I have met along the way to contribute to the Guest Writers section.
These days I make music in Kodiak Island plus I’m working on a solo project involving – cassettes, old recordings, a laptop, synths and guitars. I’m also working on this the Camberley International Festival, the third of which takes place in June 2018.
Danny and I have a family, and work in higher education and cultural marketing. We do still write the odd song together.