THE PICTISH TRAIL, JAMES YORKSTON AND WITHERED HAND
UK CO-HEADLINE TOUR JANUARY 2016
+ WATCH/SHARE A BRAND NEW PICTISH TRAIL LIVE SESSION VIDEO FOR THE TRACK ‘UNTIL NOW’ (FEAT. JAMES YORKSTON AND WITHERED HAND):
– NEW PICTISH TRAIL ALBUM DUE SUMMER 2016 –
WED, JAN 13 @ LETTERKENNY REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE, DONEGAL [TICKETS] THU, JAN 14 @ OUT TO LUNCH, THE BLACK BOX, BELFAST [TICKETS] FRI, JAN 15 @ EASTGATE THEATRE, PEEBLES [TICKETS] SAT, JAN 16 @ THE CATSTRAND, NEW GALLOWAY [TICKETS] FRI, JAN 22 @ THE LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN [TICKETS] SAT, JAN 23 @ SUMMERHALL, EDINBURGH [TICKETS] MON, JAN 25 @ PERTH CONCERT HALL [TICKETS] THU, JAN 28 @ CELTIC CONNECTIONS, MITCHELL THEATRE, GLASGOW [TICKETS] FRI, JAN 29 @ HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE, IRVINE [TICKETS] SAT, JAN 30 @ CARNEGIE HALL, DUNFERMLINE [TICKETS] SUN, JAN 31 @ THE TOLBOOTH, STIRLING [TICKETS]
The Pictish Trail AKA Lost Map Records founder and Director Johnny Lynch will tour Northern Ireland and Scotland throughout January together with two Scottish alt-folk luminaries and kindred spirits in James Yorkston and Withered Hand(see dates above). In a similar setup to previous Pictish Trail tours, the three players will perform shows with a songwriters circle setup – all of them appearing together on stage at once, taking it in turn to play their own songs and join in on each others’ songs. Ahead of the tour, Lost Map Records have made available to watch and share the latest instalment of the Lost Map Sessions, which seesThe Pictish Trail perform a brand new song entitled ‘Until Now’, featuringJames Yorkston on clarinet and backing vocals and Withered Hand on guitar and backing vocals (watch here). Filmed on a cold November morning at various outdoor locations around Edinburgh, it’s the first taster of The Pictish Trail’sforthcoming new album (title TBA). The follow-up to Secret Soundz Vol. II – one of the best-reviewed Scottish albums of 2013 – is due for release in summer 2016.
“I’ve spent the past 12 months ping-ponging between the Isle of Eigg and London,” says Johnny. “I’d write songs in my caravan, travel over to the mainland, take the sleeper train down south to record with my pals Adem and Rob, for a couple days at a time, before heading back to the island to immerse myself in the songs for a month or two, rework them and write new ones. Then travel back to London. Repeat, bring to the boil, and allow to simmer. I’ve really enjoyed doing it this way. It’s given me time to live with the album, refine the songs, and let daily life pour over them all. In between, I’ve been building a house, working on the Lost Map label, and starting a family.
“The album will hopefully come out summer 2016. Before all that, I’m doing a tour in January, around Ireland and Scotland, with two of my favourite songwriters,Withered Hand and James Yorkston. It’s one of those tours where we’re on stage with each other the whole time, joining in on one another’s songs. I’ve done a few tours like this before, most recently with Sweet Baboo, and they’re always really good fun and messy. To promote the tour we’ve done a few session videos, directed by Richie Morgan. The first song is ‘Until Now’, a Pictish Trail tune that’s going to feature on the upcoming album. The album version is a lot poppier – in my head it kinda sounds like ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is one of the greatest records ever. This session version, however, is a bit more Mulligan & O’Hare. Probably because it’s been recorded outdoors.
“The video has three different outdoor locations, all in Edinburgh. We spent a frosty November morning taking it in turns to perform a song in each setting. Richie was given the unenviable task of stitching them together. You can tell by the third location, in the park with the dog rolling about, that we were getting tired – hence the song is slightly slower in that bit. I really like Yorkston’s clarinet’n’shades combo. In the coming months there’ll be a video with aWithered Hand song, and one from James Yorkston too.”