MOJO’S GREEN MAN BEANO!24 Aug 2006

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Last year it was described as “the festival of the year”. This year, rehoused in the picaresque surroundings of Glanusk Park in the Brecon Beacons, the Green Man three day hoe-down showed no sign of losing its homely and human qualities.

Lovingly developed by folk duo Jo Barlett and Danny Hagan (ak It’s Jo And Danny), this year’s event was also proudly sponsored by MOJO and included over 60 acts over three stages plus several DJ sets, readings and workshops during the weekend of August 18-20.

Entering into the spirit of the event, MOJO’s Ice Cream Sunday – hosted at Shepherd’s Ice Cream stand on August 20 – whereby Green Man-ites big and small received a free cornet and a copy of the magazine purely by bowling up. The magazine’s venerable scribe Phil Sutcliffe was also on hand to conduct a live MOJO Interview with Friday night headliner Donovan who elected to recount his life story through song.

Despite variable weather conditions – and assorted members of the MOJO Team’s ill-advised attempts to scale the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain – the Green Man 2006 emerged as another triumph for Britain’s most organic of festivals, with noted highlights consisting of sets by Jozé Gonzalez, Bert Jansch, Aidan Smith, Archie Bronson Outfit, Mica P Hinson  and jazz-tronica duo Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid.

MOJO invites all those who attended Green Man – and those who didn’t – to indulge in the spirit of the event via this month’s bespoke CD that accompanies the new issue of MOJO magazine which is on sale this weekend. Entitled  The Quiet Revolution, it features tracks by Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, Akron/Family, James Yorkston, Vashti Bunyan, Josephine Foster, Kevin Ayers, John And Beverley Martyn and many, many more.

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Photos from the Cambridge Folk Festival21 Aug 2006

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Free ale, intimate busking sessions and a pair of giant kangaroos.  If you weren't there at this year's sold out Cambridge Folk Festival, take a look at what MOJO and friends got up to in the bell-jingling, tambourine-shaking sunshine of Cherry Hinton's annual shindig.  Or, better still, pick up the new issue of MOJO magazine (on sale August 26) for a full review of the festival.

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SEE YOU AT GREEN MAN15 Aug 2006

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The Green Man festival takes place this weekend (Aug 18-20) in the new and rarified environs of Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. And, as proud sponsors of the event, MOJO will be on site to help administer good vibes. How? By giving away free stuff!

First of all track down one of the MOJO gang and demand your gratis commemorative Green Man/MOJO badge (be warned we only have a few, so get in quick!). Then enjoy MOJO’s Ice Cream Sunday. How? By turning up at Shepherd’s Ice Cream stand on Sunday August 20 between 12.00pm-2.00pm and blagging a free copy of MOJO magazine and a cornet from MOJO’s ice cream purveyor of choice. What could be simpler? See you there!

In the meantime here’s a reminder of the full festival line-up:

FRIDAY AUG 18
Main Stage: Donovan, Teddy Thompson, The Aliens, Circulus, Fields, Philip Roebuck, Josephine Foster, The Shortwave Set, Chris T-T.

Folkey Dokey Stage: Simple Kid, Gruff Rhys, Skygreen Leopards, Sol Seppy, The Television Personalities, Adrian Crowley, Elaine Palmer, Jesus Licks, Shoreline.

The Green Man Festival Cafe: A Hawk And A Hacksaw, James Blackshaw, James Green, Marc Meon, The Gentle Good, John Smith, Benjamin Weatherill, Wooden Spoon, Don’s Mobile Barbers.

SATURDAY AUG 19
Main Stage: Jose Gonzalez, Silver Jews, Micah P. Hinson, King Creosote, Tunng, Euros Childs, Quasi, Voice of the Seven Woods, Vito.

Folkey Dokey Stage: Keiran Hebdon and Steve Reid, James Yorkston, John Renbourn, Little Wings, Bat For Lashes, Misty’s Big Adventure, Aidan Smith, Nalle, Foxface.

The Green Man Festival Cafe: Malcolm Middleton, Jack Rose, Gareth Pearson, Brave Captain, Culprit One, Silky, Dan Arborise, Charlotte Greig, James Reynard.

SUNDAY AUG 20
Main Stage: Calexico, Bert Jansch, Adem, Archie Bronson Outfit, Juana Molina, 18th Day Of May, Woodcraft Folk, Cymbient.

Folkey Dokey Stage: Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Alasdair Roberts, Richard James, The Yellow Moon Band, Marissa Nadler, Merz, 9Bach, Fink, Shady Bard.

The Green Man Festival Cafe: Wizz Jones, Meic Stephens, Viking Moses, John Stammers, Andrew Hockey, Rob Sharples, Emma Tricca, Lord God, Onions.

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DOWNLOAD THE MOJO LIVE EP11 Jul 2006

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At the beginning of last month, MOJO Magazine very kindly asked War Child to be the official charity for their annual MOJO Honours List. But that's not all - before the awards, MOJO put on an intimate show at London's Barfly featuring Nick and Roy Harper. We thought we'd put together an EP of live tracks and sell it in aid of War Child.

So here it is. The MOJO Live EP. This cracking collection features Roy and Nick Harper, Vincent Vincent & The Villains, Guillemots, The Young Knives and The Willard Grant Conspiracy, it's utterly exclusive to War Child Music and the entire six-track package will cost you not a penny more than £3.50, of which £2.70 goes directly to War Child.

Can't say fairer than that really.

Download The MOJO Live EP here!

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MORE ACTS ADDED TO GREEN MAN FESTIVAL LINE UP7 Jul 2006

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MOJO has announced details of an exclusive event at this year's Green Man festival. Taking place in Glanusk Park Estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the festival will run over the third weekend - 18th, 19th and 20th - of August.

An esteemed MOJO journalist will interview Donovan at 12pm on the Saturday 19th August, in the Literature Tent. This informal yet informative chat with the legendary folk troubadour comes after his headline appearace at the festival on the Friday night. For further information on Green Man, click MORE...

Set in over 20,000 acres of lowland hills and parkland and nestled beneath the Sugar Loaf mountain range, this is the first time Glanusk Estate has ever been opened up to the public. Amongst the historic buildings are the Tower Bridge over the River Usk, the Stable Courtyard, Walled Garden, ancient Celtic Standing Stones and tiered lakeside lawns. The new site is only 25 minutes from Hay On Wye, yet more accessible by road and by mainline railway stations.

In addition to the live acts on 3 stages with music over 3 full days there will also be a DJ tent, improved film, literature and science workshops, stalls and children's entertainment, with DJs playing into the night. The site and bars will both be open from Thursday 17th August at 6.00pm and there will be a new 1.00am licence on Friday and Saturday nights.

This year will also see the addition of a whole new range of vegetarian and meat stalls, from Paella and Organic hamburgers, through to fresh vegetables, salads and Mexican dishes. There will also be new areas added, whilst retaining the unique and intimate Country Fayre atmosphere of the Festival.

THE ARTISTS
Acts so far confirmed include (in no particular order):

Jose Gonzalez
Donovan
Calexico
Bert Jansch
John Renbourn
King Creosote
Aiden Smith
James Yorkston
Little Wings
Gruff Rhys
Kieran Hebden and Steven Reid
Martha Wainwright
The Television Personalities
Alasdair Roberts
Tunng
Adem
Silver Jews
Fink
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Archie Bronson Outfit
Wizz Jones
Teddy Thompson
James Blackshaw
Nalle
Bats For Lashes
The Gentle Good
Jack Rose
Circulus
Skygreen Leopards
The Sunburned Hand of The Man
Marissa Nadler
Euros Childs
The Aliens
18th Day of May
A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Adrian Crowley
Don's Mobile Barbers
Chris TT
James Green
Culprit One
Shady Bard
Viking Moses,
Woodcraft Folk
Philip Roebuck
Misty's Big Adventure
Richard James
John Acoustic Smith
Benjamin Weatherill
James Raynard
Dan Arborise
John Stammers
Charlotte Greig
Cymbient
Elaine Palmer
Wooden Spoon
Andrew Hockey
Brave Captain
FoxFace
Jesus Licks Fields
Micah P. Hinson
Merz
Sol Seppy
Josephine Foster and The Supposed
The Shortwave Set
Quasi
Marc Meon
Lord God
Onions ...

... with loads more to be added plus Folk and Psychedelic DJs (including Peter Paphidies Andy Votel James Yorkston it's Jo and Danny DJ Pickles & Maris Piper). The literature room will feature Joe Boyd on making music in the 1960s and MOJO Magazine will be contributing further to the entertainment.

More info:  www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk
Venue web site:    www.glanuskestate.com
Ticketline UK: 08700 667799

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TOWNSHEND JAMS WITH THE ZUTONS30 Jun 2006

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The Who’s guitar magus Pete Townshend has spend the last few weeks on the road with Roger Daltrey but he’s also taken the opportunity to jam with all-manner of musical pals, including The Flaming Lips, E from Eels and, most recently, The Zutons.

Part of Townshend and Rachel Fuller’s In The Attic sessions – filmed podcasts that are available via www.intheattic.tv/index.cfm - Pete and The Zutons ran through a version of Mary Ann With The Shaky Hand backstage at Bristol Football Club on June 28. The Zutons will re-join The Who when they play the two-day Hyde Park Calling festival in London this Sunday July 2.

Roger Waters headlines tomorrow night performing Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety and the ex-Floyd bassist is rumoured to be playing a set that will run to three hours.

Saturday’s line-up also includes Robert Cray, Suzanne Vega, the Lightning Seeds, Texas and Starsailor, although a musical break will occur in order for the crowd to watch the England vs Portugal football match at 4.00pm. Day tickets for Hyde Park Calling are available from the box office on site and cost £45.00 each.


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THE WHO USE MOJO ARTWORK

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The Who have elected to use MOJO’s February 2006 cover for the artwork of their new EP Wire And Glass. Shot by reknown photographer Ross Halfin, the black and white image captures Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in a Kray Twins styled pose.

The EP itself is released via Polydor on July and features a mini opera in six parts. Mirror Door, the longest segment of the piece will air tonight on MOJO Rocks – MOJO Radio’s Friday rock show as part of a special edition dedicated to the launch of Hyde Park Calling – the inaugural festival which features headliners Roger Waters performing Dark Side Of The Moon on Saturday night and The Who on Sunday.

Those unable to attend will be able to watch selected tracks of The Who’s set via an exclusive service offered by www.The WhoLive.com In addition to this The Who will make their live sets available for purchase via their website www.thewho.com

Hear Mirror Door tonight by tuning in to MOJO Radio at 9.00pm on Sky Digital (channel 0182), Freeview (channel 721) or via mojo4music.com

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WIN GREEN MAN FESTIVAL TICKETS26 May 2006

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The Green Man Festival will return for its fourth year in August 2006. Taking place in a fantastic new venue, the Glanusk Park Estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the festival will run over 18, 19 and 20 August. Confirmed names include Donovan, Jose Gonzalez, Calexico, Silver Jews and Martha Wainwright.


MOJO will also be at the Green Man Festival – not only will MOJO be holding a live interview with a major Green Man star, conducted by a MOJO scribe, but we’ll be holding a very special promotion on Sunday 20 August. Rad on to find out more, plus how to win Green Man tickets...

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MOJO’s Ice Cream Sunday

will be between 12 and 2pm at the Shepherd's Ice Cream stand. Anyone that turns up will be able to blag a free copy of MOJO and a free ice cream supplied by MOJO’s ice cream purveyor of choice, www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk.

And that’s not all. MOJO4music.com has 5 pairs of tickets to give away in a special competition. The prize includes camping passes, but we’re afraid you have to make your own way to and from the festival. Oh, and take your own tent.


For a chance of winning a pair, email
competitions@mojo4music.com with your full name, address and email address by 30 June. The first five names picked at random will each win a pair of tickets! For full terms and conditions, email the above address.

More info on the festival: www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk

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