This is a standing gig & part of Scotland on Tour.
CatStrand welcomes the Hebridean psychedelic singer-songwriter, accompanied by his full-band.
A strange, unpredictable, sardonic and yet deeply personal record, Island Family is the fifth album from Isle of Eigg dwelling electro-acoustic psych-pop wonder Pictish Trail, AKA Johnny Lynch. It offers his contrarian view of arcadia; a search for the euphoric in the bucolic, bound up in sometimes conflicting ideas and feelings around nature and environment, sincerity and artifice, escapism and belonging. It’s an album about how no man can remain an island, however hard he might try.
“The psychedelic sound of the Inner Hebrides…absolutely love it!” Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6Music
“Island Family is wild, rangy and dramatic, as befits its staggering landscapes and characters through Eigg’s darker history” The Observer
“Endlessly inventive” ★★★★Uncut
Pictish Trail has toured the world both as a headliner in his own right, and as support for artists such as Belle & Sebastian, Sea Power, Slow Club and KT Tunstall. He has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Field Day, Bestival, Deer Shed, Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe and for an extraordinary and surely record-breaking 19 consecutive years* (*if you count a remote livestreamed show in 2020) – Green Man in Wales, Pictish Trail’s psychedelic-bucolic spiritual home-from-home.
When not putting out his own music as Pictish Trail, Johnny is a fulcrum of Scotland and the UK’s independent music community. Through his label Lost Map Records, he champions a diverse and idiosyncratic array of talent and has helped to elevate the likes of Rozi Plain, Alabaster dePlume, Seamus Fogarty, Bas Jan, Callum Easter and Free Love to new heights. Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling Festival which Johnny curates roughly every other year on Eigg (global pandemics notwithstanding), has welcomed special guests from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle to James Holden, Beth Orton, Alexis Taylor, Jon Hopkins, Jane Weaver, Jens Lekman, Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys and Gwenno. It’s a life-affirming experience that sees all the exceptional music, creative energy and tireless good vibes that Johnny helps put out into the world all come piling back to his for a party like no other.
Photo credit: Murdo MacLeod