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"Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor.

When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish took me swimming with stingrays and eels and the ghosts of grinning phantom f*bunnies down a tugging whirlpool of insinuating sound.

I don't even know what I just said.

The album is an absolute marvel of musicianship and technical virtuosity with shimmering vocals throughout.

The evolution theme coincidentally undergirds my whole spiritual journey of the last couple years, and the lyrics are so coolly surreal that they could be advertisements for Brahma or Beelzebub, who cares? The creative force of kaleidoscopic Ken and ever-blossoming April is a synergistic poem-package to be reckoned with.

Is your stuff still considered neo-Celtic? How would programmers classify it, market it, whatever?

Or would they all just get naked and dance?"


~ JOHN SLADE


The making of
WHEN YOU WERE A TADPOLE AND I WAS A FISH

Eons came and eons fled since the band's last album lovedeathbeauty (2004) and April Theriault had this to say about the creation and direction of the new release…
Illustration from Evolution: A Fantasy, Langdon Smith 1909

The opening track "Evolution" came by a circuitous route. My father is the unwitting narrator--his voice brought to life from a 1952 recording of the classic Langdon Smith poem "Evolution: A Fantasy". This is my mother's account of how the recording came to be:
It wasn't long before I began to tell him I was dreaming about tadpoles in the mud.
Lavonne Theriault

"It was part of Doug's theory about using sleep teaching as a therapy tool, as part of his project when he was studying for his Master's Degree at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan Speech Pathology Dept. gave him permission to try a sleep-teaching project on me, and instructed him to find something to record about some subject that he was sure I had never heard before. I agreed to be a participant in this project without any knowledge of what it was. That poem about Evolution was Doug's choice, and he recorded himself reading it in the UM laboratories. Later, he placed a little speaker under my pillow, which was timed to start playing approximately 2-3 hours after I had fallen asleep.

It wasn't long before I began to tell him I was dreaming about tadpoles in the mud. This all took place in our little student trailer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It really was a pioneer study in the 1950s as sleep teaching was a technique which was totally unrecognized at that time as a valid tool in any profession."
Lavonne and Doug Theriault dancing at the Pirates Ball
The finding of said recording was serendipitous. Several years after my dad passed on, Kenny was at my mom's house helping her locate something in the deep recesses of the garage. He came upon a record, barely wrapped in a paper jacket, no identification. It was dusty and scratched. He transferred it to digital, and there, we heard my father's voice from 60 years ago, which prompted my mother's memory about its genesis.

I had already written the lyrics for "Evolution Died" and "Bedtime With Sally", and we were getting a feel for deep-watery-space-past-and-future stuff. We wrote the music around the poem, and left the scratches and imperfections as they were on the original recording--a fitting testament to the journey and survival of the actual physical record, as well as to our greater evolutionary journey.

~ April Theriault, January 5, 2014

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Green Man is an American band based in southern California and formed in 1992 by core members April Theriault, Martin Morrisey and Ken Eros. Dark, beautiful, layered, hallucinogenic, smart -- think 1 Giant Leap, Portishead, and Massive Attack filtered through Celtic, Appalachian and Middle Eastern sensibilities.

The palette of sounds is large and varied, combining acoustic instruments (silver and wooden flutes, tin whistle, accordion, cittern, sitar) with Eastern percussion, electric bass, thunderous drums and guitars, all tied together with rich male and female vocals and lush harmonies.

Often blending world and trip-hop beats, Celtic melodies and contemporary, pop and electronica elements, the band frequently blurs the lines between genres -- whether it be an original composition or an unexpected arrangement of a traditional song. The result is a dynamic and cinematic soundscape that is unique, exciting and fresh.
Ken Eros - vocals, guitars, bass, synths, programming

Ken Eros
vocals, guitars, bass,
cittern, sitar, synths

Martin Morrisey - vocals, accordion, piano,
synths, fancy feet, decor

Martin Morrisey
vocals, accordion, piano,
synths

April Theriault - vocals, silver and wooden flutes,
tin whistle, synths

April Theriault
vocals, silver and wooden flutes,
tin whistle, synths


Green Man's music and collaborations have been placed in True Blood, Saving Grace, The Mindy Project, Intervention, A Novel Romance, Inconceivable and licensed by HBO, E!, Fox, Alliance Films, A&E, INY Film, TNT, and USA Network -- among others.

Bad Baby Records is an independent record label,
and the Green Man music publishing and licensing administrator.

For licensing and inquiries, contact us.

Email Us - Bad Baby Records :: Ojai, CA USA :: tel. 1 805 746 6312

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New Album!
WHEN YOU WERE A TADPOLE AND I WAS A FISH (2014)
Green Man's third release offers eleven songs written by April Theriault and Ken Eros, and featuring contributions from founding member Martin Morrisey. Woven into musings of universal wonder is the ancient thread of the band's Celtic roots, fused with trip-hop, trance, dubstep and heavy chill. Requisite doses of depressing social commentary and happy hedonism water the tree.

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins (
Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets), actor Malcolm McDowell, vocalist Perla Batalla, producer Patina Crème, narrator Douglas J. Theriault and drummer Robert Rachelli join together as special guests.

CREDITS

All songs written, produced and performed by April Theriault and Ken Eros :: "Evolution Died" and "When You Wake Up" with the heart and magic of Martin Morrisey :: "God Is" produced and mixed by Patina Crème

Recorded and mixed by Ken Eros
Eros Creative and Sound :: tel. 805 746 6312 - Ojai, CA

Mastered by Doug Sax with Jett Galindo :: The Mastering Lab, Inc. - Ojai, CA

Design ~ April Theriault :: Sculpture ~ Carole DePalma :: Ocean photograph ~ Sage Danch

"Evolution" adapted from poem by Langdon Smith
Poem and illustration from
Evolution: A Fantasy :: 1909 public domain

©℗2014 Eros and Angels, ASCAP / Bad Baby Records. All rights reserved

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LOVEDEATHBEAUTY (2004)
Building on traditional lyrics and melodies, this second album from Green Man blends electronica, Eastern percussion, male and female vocals, guitars, accordion, flutes and whistles with synthesizers, uilleann pipes, cittern and sitar. The result is unique while remaining true to the timeless depth and beauty of Celtic music.

Special guests Eric Rigler (
Titanic, Braveheart, Bad Haggis), Austin Wrinkle (PLOTZ!, Hands On'Semble), John Zeretzke, Jack Joshua, Jeff Evans, and Robert Rachelli contribute throughout.

CREDITS

Produced by Ken Eros and Green Man
Mixed by Ken Eros and Jeff Evans

Recorded by Ken Eros
Additional engineering by Jeff Evans
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and Zircon Skye Production - Ojai, CA

Mastered by Chris Bellman
Bernie Grundman Mastering - Hollywood, CA

Artwork by Andy Engel Design - Ojai, CA

©℗2004 Infante Terrible Music, ASCAP
Bad Baby Records • All rights reserved

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Purchase GREEN MAN (1998) - Green Man

GREEN MAN (1998)
Green Man's debut release features original compositions and bold arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish songs/tunes set against Eastern and Western rhythms with rich male and female vocals, flutes, tin whistle, piano, accordion, guitars, tablas, daf, bodhran, fiddle, and uilleann pipes.

Guest artists Eric Rigler (
Titanic, Braveheart, Bad Haggis), Aaron Plunkett, Suzanne Morissette, Steve Emery, Candy Lerman Girard, and the Ahhvo Grove Singers join on this album.

CREDITS

Produced and engineered by Ken Eros and Green Man
Mixed by Ken Eros and Randy Rice with The Bad Babies
The Daisy Factory - Pasadena, CA

Recorded by Ken Eros
The Ahhvo Grove - Ojai, CA
Eros Creative and Sound :: tel. 805 746 6312 - Ojai, CA

Mastered by Eddy Schreyer
Oasis Mastering - Burbank, CA

'Hope' painting by George Frederic Watts
Courtesy of Tate Britain
Design by Martin Morrisey - Glendale, CA

©℗1998 Oedipus Wrecks, ASCAP / Bad Baby Records
All rights reserved

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"Tadpole" is an alluring invitation to a floaty, moody world--haunting, spooky, enveloping... "And I'll know your eyes, eyes I've loved since they were a little child's." Just beautiful. There is a groovy sound throughout the CD--skilled, expressive guitar, bewitching flute, gorgeous vocals, and the thought-provoking lyrics and ideas one has become accustomed to hearing from Green Man. I'm under water--swimming slowly, exploring...
Anne Wilder
Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor. When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish took me swimming with stingrays and eels and the ghosts of grinning phantom f*bunnies down a tugging whirlpool of insinuating sound. I don't even know what I just said.
John Slade
This CD is excellent from start to finish, fusing traditional instrumentation with the contemporary, and generating a sound and mood that should satisfy both the traditional and the progressive listener. It is, without any reservation, one of the best independent releases that we have received -- the kind you hope for but rarely get.
Scott Ericson, Music Sojourn
Green Man's music is rooted in Celtic -- but the instrumentation takes them around the world, and even into space, while held together with incredible rhythm.
John Wilmott, Celtic Ways
I like it (Green Man) very much. It's a very interesting approach. It has a nice edge to it.
Joe Boyd, Producer (Pink Floyd, REM)
Too many Irish bands in Los Angeles fit into one of two categories -- Celtic rock a la drums, electric guitar and bass slaughtering "Brown-Eyed Girl" or "Fisherman's Blues" -- or strictly traditional, overly polite bands. Green Man is a band of solid musicianship that electrifies...their willingness to experiment is refreshing.
Dave Soyars, Irish Herald (San Francisco)
Green Man combines Celtic and Eastern music to sometimes startling effect. The music is all lush and lovely, like Enya touring with Lawrence of Arabia.
Listen.com
Celtic music reinvents itself with every new age...this time around it's called Green Man.
John Hannah, writer for People Magazine

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