My name is Jo.
I grew up in a village in Surrey. The 6th child and 2nd daughter of Dr Calum and Mrs Alice Bartlett. Each summer we went on holiday to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where my father had grown up. See my Dad’s wonderful 33mm photos of those holidays, from 1969 – 1976.
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. I booked 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 those gigs. We were part of the C-86 movement, releasing a couple of 12″s on Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld Records.
I worked in London as a press officer and plugger for independent label, Ultimate Records from 1991 – 96. Organising press trips to Japan, TV appearances, radio sessions and live reviews for lots of fantastic bands. Including this live tv appearance for Senser on ‘The Word’ – i’m in the crowd somewhere!
I’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. Danny and I 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 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.
We had our music used by Liam Gallagher and included on the Guitar Hero computer game as The Yellow Moon Band.
I’m still making music, as part of Kodiak Island I’m also working on a solo project as Christine X, involving cassettes, guitars and synths. I’ll be releasing a track for every letter of the alphabet.
These will be the first releases on the Indie Through The Looking Glass label.
I love discovering new music and sharing it, I love looking back and capturing images and memories. I hope you enjoy my blog!