KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail (4 stars)

KT Tunstall


Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, Thu 10 Jul

This first proper gig for the newly-refurbished 1700-seater Alhambra is a fitting one, with returning Fifer Tunstall warming up for T in the Park. Opening is Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, second-in-command of the Fence Collective, who is airing tracks from his magnificent forthcoming album Secret Soundz Vol. 1.

His robust set is full of hypnotic folk-drone electro-psych-rock gems, with a sound comparable to Hot Chip-meets-Beta Band, with a dynamite voice thrown in. Closer ‘Words Fail Me Now’ cranks things up to Led Zep levels, suggesting the Trail has the potential to be epic.

This is a honed yet homely live machine, and she makes for an utterly charming presence. This is real songwriting pedigree on show, from the raucous crowd-pleasers like ‘Hold On’ and ‘Suddenly I See’ to the vocal gymnastics of ‘If Only’. And hot damn, ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ is still impressive as hell. Two of Fife’s finest in a new Fife landmark – can’t say fairer than that.

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