Pictish Trail, known otherwise as Johnny Lynch, brings his wonderful music to Ramsgate for a special Christmas show. Expect hilarious anecdotes, fluorescent colours, and lots of glitter.
In his own words, Lynch is a svelte, intelligent, adorable balladeer, trapped inside the body of an oversized, oft-bearded folk ogre. We’re inclined to agree with at least the first half of that description: Pictish Trail has produced plenty of golden-plated nuggets of indie folk over the past few years…
We love him. He loves Christmas. This is a Christmas show. Love aplenty, then.
“A throwback to the days when pop music could transport the listener to another World” – Scotland on Sunday (5 star review)
Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail had spent large parts of the past few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1 & 2, his critically- acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. Future Echoes was the mesmerising result. Written in remote seclusion but recorded in the bustling heart of London, it reunited Pictish Trail with Adem Ilhan, who produced the majority of the record. Johnny and Adem previously wrote music together in 2010 under the name Silver Columns, releasing the hugely well received album Yes And Dance via London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. Future Echoes featured additional production and mixing from Rob Jones (Cocknbullkid, Sweet Baboo, Slow Club) and drumming from Alex Thomas (Squarepusher, Air) and was mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering.
Now there’s a brand new record on the way, due for release in 2020 on Fire Recordings. Not one to rest on his laurels, Lynch is also busy running his own musical empire from the remote Hebridean island Eigg (56°54’N, 06°10’W) he calls home. Following ten successful years running Fife’s infamous Fence Records, Lynch moved on to pastures new and founded Scotland’s most exciting new label Lost Map Records in 2013. A very busy man, all things considered!
“Intoxicating” – UNCUT
“It wraps you up like a sunny day in the middle of nowhere” – Clash
“A strange, compelling, existential beauty” – The Guardian