‘Summer Rain’ at The Union Chapel

It was a great gig on Saturday courtesy of Daylight Music at The Union Chapel in Islington, North London.

Here’s ‘Summer Rain’

Next gig will be in Brighton in April – more news soon.

Spiritualized 1991 live recording from The Buzz Club



I had my ipod on shuffle the other day and this live gem from The Buzz Club came on and sounded pretty darn fab.


From 1991 Spiritualized, ‘Run‘ live at The Buzz Club



Seems we had at least two hand-held tape recorders in that night:



It was a busy night; the N.M.E. were there too.



There are loads of live recordings from The Buzz Club on our soundcloud page, including Blur, The Happy Mondays, The Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans, Primal Scream and many more. Plus fliers, posters, photos from even more Buzz Club nights including The Stone Roses, Suede, Elastica and more over on our Tumblr page.

Unearthed Bluetrain live photos from 1988 Buzz Club

Thanks very much to Malcolm Wyatt who got in touch recently to say he had found some black and white negatives of photos he had taken of Bluetrain playing live at The Buzz Club.

Malcolm kindly posted them to me and I had them transferred onto disc. They look great! I’m fairly sure it was us supporting The Wolfhounds in March 1988. We had a few guitarists over the years and the fact that these pics feature Richard Handyside (who happens to be playing guitar in my band again these days) makes me realise this was 1988.


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Me with my Epiphone Semi Acoustic and very short hair. Baggy Levi 501s with turn ups and probably a pair of blue deckshoe / plimsolls out of sight.


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Richard Handyside with his lovely semi acoustic Telecaster.

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Danny Hagan seems to be wearing a tie! It was the 1980s after all.

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Kevin Moorey on drums.


Dave Driscoll was in the crowd that night and made one of his celebrated live recordings, so here we are playing ‘Twenty Years’

This is a flier for the gig, I think one of the support bands (maybe Crash?) couldn’t make it, so we stepped in at the last minute.


Thanks as ever to Dave for the live recordings and to Malcolm for the pics.

You can check out Malcolm’s fantastic blog here

Oh, and here’s a freebie, this is how The Wolfhounds sounded on that night….if you ever bump into Dave Driscoll, ask him about the fight that broke out during their set…

You can hear loads of live recordings from The Buzz Club at the Soundcloud page here



Jo Bartlett ‘What Do You Say To That?’

A great little film Richard from my band made of our recent adventures at the Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green and Milk in Reading at my album launches. The music is ‘What Do You Say To That?‘ from that album, ‘9 by 7′ which you can buy at all good digital stores, including iTunes,


Sufjan Stevens – End of the Road

I’m very excited to hear that End of the Road have done what I was never able to do – they’ve booked Sufjan Stevens for their festival this year! I tried from 2005 to 2011 (when Danny and I moved on) to get him for Green Man. If I had known of him in 2003 when we started the festival, I would have been trying from that moment!

Anyway, congratulations End Of The Road – an amazing line up this year. It’s Sufjan’s first UK festival appearance. War on Drugs, (who I did manage to book a couple of times for Green Man – I think I had them for their first UK festival actually, back in 2008), Tame Impala, Future Islands and plenty more make for a super fresh and exciting line up…

Here’s an early Sufjan clip, looking forward to September already :)

Tobias Jesso Jnr ‘How Could You Babe?’

Getting the winter blues? Just watch this video, I swear you’ll start to feel the sun warming you up…

Milk in Reading Tonight!


Getting super excited about tonight’s launch party in Reading at Milk. We’re on at 8pm and it’s free entry, hopefully see you there!

Here’s ‘Dying Kiss‘ from last Friday in Bethnal Green as a little teaser…


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