Pictish Trail + Guests
27th March 2022 - 8:00 pm
The Hope & Ruin

Melting Vinyl Presents:


Throughout his career Pictish Trail – aka Johnny Lynch – has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing.

Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine- waves of glacial

Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail spent a good 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. 

A mesmerising psychedelic opus about death and the after-life, Future Echoes won the public vote for Scottish Album of the Year in 2017, and sent Pictish on an two-year tour cycle – including international tour dates supporting Belle and Sebastian, British Sea Power, Malcolm Middleton and KT Tunstall, as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Field Day, Green Man, Deer Shed, Skye Live, not to mention his own legendary Howlin’ Fling! week-ender on Eigg.

Following the release of a deluxe edition of Future Echoes by esteemed London tastemakers, Fire Records, in 2018, Pictish is currently working on brand new material due for release in 2019.

One of the most exciting new bands in Scotland, Glasgow indie-rock group Savage Mansion will be joining Lost Map label mate Pictish Trail as main support for the March/April tour.Formed in 2016 the band quickly drew attention for high energy live shows and Craig’s melodic and eloquent slices of guitar rock. Since the release of their 2019 debut album ‘Revision Ballads’, Savage Mansion, the child of singer-songwriter and guitarist Craig Angus, have drawn comparisons from the Velvet Underground’s no-fi swagger to Pavement’s easy sing-speak vocals and R.E.M.’s shimmering guitar tones.

Fruity Water are a psychedelic electro-pop two piece who merge a number of different styles of electronic music into their sound.Their DIY debut album ‘Thirst Takes’ was released in 2018 and got a great reception. ‘Singles Rules’ and ‘Wasted Summer’ both received multiple spins on BBC 6 Music from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie and Gideon Coe.The duo have played a number of festivals and gigs around the country following the release including Lunar Festival.


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