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The Pictish Trail + eagleowl + Rob St John @ The Tunnels, 26 Jan


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Saturday 26 January 2013

The Tunnels (Room 1), Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF. Phone (01224) 211121

Doors 7.30pm

Advance Tickets £8+bf / £10 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/193649




It’s not easy to pin down The Pictish Trail, aka Johnny Lynch. His critically acclaimed 2008 debut album, Secret Soundz Vol. 1, was a gloriously eclectic slice of lo-fi folk-pop, and he is also one half of demented dance-pop duo Silver Columns with Adem Ilhan.

As if that wasn’t enough, Lynch also has his hands full with Fence Records, a DIY indie label based in the East Neuk of Fife, which he runs alongside Kenny Anderson, best known as King Creosote. Fence’s events, including the Home Game festival in Anstruther and Away Game on the remote Hebridean island of Eigg, are infamous for selling out in a matter of minutes and attract music fans from all over the world to Scotland.

After a summer spent playing the pick of the UK’s music festivals with his band, Lynch is now back home on Eigg where he’s putting the finishing touches to Secret Soundz Vol 2, due to be released on January 21st, 2013.

“Johnny Lynch the one man force behind the Pictish Trail, has spent much of the last few years helping friends and fellow Fence members, like Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) and James Yorkston get their careers off the ground. Finally recording an album in his basement he reveals himself as a powerful songwriter in his own right. 4 STARS ****” Will Hodgkinson, MOJO

“The Pictish Trail should be compulsory listening for anyone under the impression that Fence, the label he co-runs with King Creosote, is solely devoted to lo-fi folk. Indebted to Hot Chip, the Beta Band and Paul McCartney, this is charming, fresh and quietly outré. 4 STARS ****” Paul Mardles, The Observer





Meet Bart, Malcolm and Clarissa, aka eagleowl.

These three pals from Edinburgh started life as a trio of electric guitar, double bass and violin. Over the course of two EP's and a 7" single, they have built up a devoted following with spellbinding live performances and regular collaborations with their pal Mark Hamilton (aka Woodpigeon). The group have since expanded to include the illustrious Rob St John on harmonium, Owen Williams (of Two Wings fame) on drums, and Hannah Shepherd (from Withered Hand) on cello, to create a roaring behemoth capable of sonorous waves of summer warmth and thundering cataclysms of wailing feedback.

The band have just completed their debut album, This Silent Year, which is being released on Fence Records in March 2013 - but will be made available FIRST at these live shows!

"a wonderfully atmospheric piece of slowcore post-folk, reminiscent at times of Low, with a dash of Scottish sea shanty thrown in here, a soupcon of Adem's organic melancholy there, all of it positively oozing home-grown, home-cooked goodness." **** The List

"gorgeously quavering folk harmonies" Rob Fitzpatrick, Word magazine

"undeniably beautiful, delicate and yet packs a punch (albeit a slow one, a John Woo punch) straight to the heart and ears of any listener" The Line of Best Fit




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Rob St John added to the line-up!

Lancastrian Rob St John plays drawn-out and ghostly songs underpinned by the creaks and drones of the harmonium, musical saw, fiddle, skittering drums, analogue synth and field recordings. Backed by a talented cast of collaborators and co-conspirators he released his first album ‘Weald’ on 12” LP through Edinburgh DIY label Song, By Toad in November 2011, on which kraut, drone and psych influences are held together by peals of British folk guitar and wheeling gusts of rich, cryptic vocals.




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