It's Jo And Danny
Last updated: 13 August 2009
Folktronica duo It's Jo And Danny have become synonymous with the Green Man festival, but their own music is well worth investigating.
Brecon's duo of folktronica aficionados have become legends in the UK in recent years through the Green Man Festival in Hay-on-Wye, but it's always been their music which has marked them out as one of the country's most consistently excellent outfits.
It all started in the late 80s and early 90s in Aldershot, where they were part of the C86 indie scene of the time. The couple formed bands, signed to labels and put on bands at The Buzz Club in the Hampshire town. Among those treading the boards were That Petrol Emotion, The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Blur and Suede.
Giving up on playing in 'bands', Jo and Danny set about gigging as a duo and formulating the musical combination that solidified on their first album, Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy. This was released on major label RCA, and they found that the national music press and radio were ready and waiting for the type of folk-influenced electronic-infused indie they were dealing in.
The NME enthused over it, putting them forward as one of country's best new bands, and were joined in the chorus of approval by The Times, The Face, iD, The Observer and the Telegraph. Such a wide sweep of support from the music and non-music press has continued ever since.
After the release of their debut, Jo and Danny moved to Brecon in Mid Wales, where they have remained ever since. Their second album Thugs Lounge, followed in 2001 but this marked the finish of their association with RCA. Instead they started their own label, Double Snazzy, which released subsequent recordings.
2003 marked both their third album, But We Have The Music, and the first Green Man Festival. The festival was a success and convinced Jo and Danny to make it annual; it's proved a success, gaining in prestige and press each year. The festival has also provided their most recent recording partners, as 2004's Green Man guests Daimh (a Scottish folk band) joined It's Jo And Danny to record their fourth album The Quickening.
While they're not setting any sales records, within the British indie and alt-folk scenes, It's Jo And Danny are small-scale heroes both for their music and their provision of what many have called Britain's best festival.