The Martin Green Machine


The Sound of a powerful yet beautiful hangover resulting from a night out dancing with Frank Zappa and Astor Piazzolla, each with a girl on their arm and Duke Ellington buying chasers at the bar…

The Green Machine started life as accordionist Martin Green’s commission piece for last year’s Celtic Connections’ New Voices series. Since then this band of show-stopping fun monkeys have become a formidable gigging entity. Wild noise carvings, voices of unspoilt beauty and a brass band shrunken and mutated during their trip through time and space sit atop a backline of broken beat and ferocious groove.

The Green Machine brings together some of the most prestigious and eclectic talent from England and Scotland to form a new collective set to mess the heads and feet of gig-goers the world over.

It’s a serious wealth of talent that is brought to the stage for a Green Machine performance. Well-known Edinburgh jazzer Sophie Bancroft shares vocal duties with Shetlander Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart, Harem Scarem). Brass comes courtesy of living legend Rick Taylor (recently commission by the British Trombone Federation to write the worlds largest trombone ensemble piece) with Fergus Kerr (french horn) and Andy McKreel (tuba), both regular players with the SNO and other leading orchestras. Back-line is provided by Barnaby Stradling (Eliza Carthy, Blowzabella) and Ayrshire rhythm master Alyn Cosker. The many terrifying talents of Tom Cook include electronics, guitars, sound manipulation and live sampling. Tom is well known as a producer of drum’n’bass and electronica, working out of his native Brighton under the name “Manni”. Add to this mix accordion problem child Martin Green playing accordion, samplers and more and you have a pretty formidable show on your hands.

Girls, Brass, Beats and Accordions, they’ve got it all

“Tirelessly effervescent and creative with outstanding solo features”
Rob Adams, The Herald

“the imaginative arrangements veered between beautiful and manic in a dazzling fashion. All bore the stamp of Green’s idiosyncratic and very creative musical personality, he succeeded in pulling together a plethora of stylistic references – folk, rock, dance, ethnic, sampling, you name it- in an original and exciting way that is all his own.”
Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman