Unthanks and Newsom head for the Green Man 2010
It’s very much a family thing here at Green Man, and this year an old friend makes a welcome return to the fold as the incomparable Joanna Newsom joins The Flaming Lips as our second headline act for summer 2010.
The multi-talented singer and harpist is set to bewitch and beguile the main stage faithful in what promises to be a truly extraordinary Green Man moment beneath the breathtaking Black Mountains on Sunday night. More than three years after her astounding breakthrough album Ys left critics and fans alike foaming at the mouth, the trailblazing Ms Newsom is back with eagerly-awaited new triple (yes, triple!) album Have One On Me - a work of sheer unadulterated beauty, no less. If Joanna’s now-legendary appearances at Green Man in 2004, 2005 and 2007 are anything to go by, you’ll forgive us when we say this is shaping up to be one of the musical highlights of the year.
Joining her in the Brecon Beacons will be The Unthanks, among the brightest stars to emerge from the UK folk scene in the last decade. The Northumberland sisters turned heads and hearts aplenty with their Mercury Prize-nominated LP The Bairns in 2008. Current follow-up Here’s The Tender Coming is no less impressive, all spine-tingling vocals and spellbinding vignettes of life and love in the North East.
More sisters will be doing it for themselves when teenage siblings Klara and Johanna Sonderberg – aka First Aid Kit – bring their telepathic harmonies and dark folk-pop heart to Green Man’s strongest-ever female line-up. Their cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song has a million YouTube hits and counting. If you’re yet to fall for their Swedish charms then trust us, you will do soon.
Keeping the boys end up will be Irish troubadour Fionn Regan, yet another Mercury-nominated artist whose hot-off-the-press second album The Shadow Of An Empire sees the lyrical wordsmith follow in the footsteps of his heroes by “going electric” to devastating affect. The critics, quite rightly, are raving.
And as if that wasn’t enough we’ve got totally ace but grammatically ambivalent Australian punk pop duo An Horse and a treat in the shape of North Carolina’s Megafaun – multi-instrumentalist brothers Brad and Phil Cook and drummer Joe Westerlund whose past form includes forming a band with a certain Bon Iver…
So a here’s wishing you a very happy St David’s Day from the Green Man (he should really be having a day off by rights…) Grab yourself a cider or a pint or seven of Brains and he’ll see you back on home soil on August 20th, 21st and 22nd 2010. Iechydda!