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Joanna Newsom Green Man Film

Joanna Newsom appears in rediscovered film of Green Man festival 20 years ago

12 February 2024, 17:33 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In 2005, a film was made of the Green Man Festival in Wales. It has been unreleased and unseen for nearly 20 years and features performances by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Joanna Newsom among others.

"2005 was an incredible year" says founder and organiser Jo Bartlett. "It was the last year Danny (Hagan the other founder and organiser) and I did absolutely everything ourselves. We were so busy leading up to and after the festival that we weren’t able to work on a release for the film. Our wonderful friend, Jason Glenister had directed and produced it, we saw him and his crew (of two), buzzing around the site with their cameras. Every now and again one of us would call the other and talk about what to do with the film, but then life would take over again and it remained unseen."

The film features the likes of King Creosote, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Joanna Newsom, James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts, The Fence Collective, and Josephine Foster among others.

"My main memories are of Jo & Danny physically building the main stage, booking artists, having fraught last-minute calls, curating the band times, sorting out portaloos - and all the while herding and corralling their two young children away from festival site hazards," says Jason Glenister. "This is all part of the reason why Green Man 2005 is such a beautiful coming together of music, friends, family and celebration. And in turn, I felt the only possible way to capture all this energy was to be as honest, open and un-intrusive as possible in creating a documentary of it all."

"I approached the entire idea as a fan of music and an audience member caught up in the middle of that joy. There are no 'artist or musician interviews' but instead, simply chats or conversations had in a passing moment, over a beer or between a song. I doggedly stuck to this approach, with all the people involved constantly roaming around with cameras rolling - caught up in an impromptu ceilidh with James Yorkston - or King Creosote campfire sing-along with Adem, families with kids and Joanna Newsom. That is why it's so special to me and why all involved felt joyous to be part of it."

Jo Bartlett has been steadily writing about the years she and Danny Hagan ran the Green Man – her 2005 memories can be found at

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