Pictish Trail – 'it's exactly the sort of show I despise'
- David Pollock
- 14 November 2017
Folktronica singer-songwriter discusses strawberry vomit, The One Show and the Isle of Eigg
Your new tour poster, in which you appear to be sicking up strawberry milk, frightens us, we tell Lost Map table boss Johnny Lynch, aka Pictish Trail. 'It frightens me, as well,' he replies. 'Too many tour posters these days are of plaintive, bearded singer-songwriters, looking earnest. I've been guilty of it, myself. It's vomit inducing. Similarly, I'm using this tour as an opportunity to regurgitate some of the Pictish back catalogue. Earlier in the year I did some stripped-back reworkings of songs from my last album Future Echoes - I'll be trying to recreate them in intimate venues with Suse Bear, who produced the new versions, and John B McKenna, aka Monoganon, who will also be opening.'
Despite the lack of a new album this year, it's been a busy one for Lynch. He's now lived for seven years on the Isle of Eigg, which celebrated its 20th anniversary of community ownership in 2017, and over the summer the BBC's The One Show came to film his Howlin' Fling festival there. 'I tried my best to put them off, as it's exactly the sort of show I despise,' he says, 'but I'm also not very good at saying "no" to people.' He's also toured with his own band and with his old friend from Fife, KT Tunstall, and signed a Future Echoes reissue and his next album with Fire Records.
'Future Echoes was about two years in the making,' he says, 'and I'm expecting this next one to take at least that long. Lost Map has a lot of new releases planned over the next six months, from Monoganon, Alabaster dePlume, Bas Jan, Firestations, Savage Mansion and others, and the thing I'm most excited about is our new music residency on Eigg, although I'm not sure how much I can let you know about it yet. Things are going good, I think. Just insanely busy. It's hard to have perspective on your situation while you're in the middle of it. I've given myself a bit of time off at the beginning of next year, so hopefully I can recharge my brain then.'
Glad Café, Glasgow, Fri 17 Nov; Strange Behaviours at Tolbooth, Stirling, Sat 18 Nov; Conroy's Basement, Dundee, Sun 19 Nov; Alterative Peers Ball at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Nov.