After a fervently busy summer which included triumphant appearance at festivals including Field Day, Glastonbury, Green Man and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling!, and was capped with a shortlisting for the Scottish Album of the Year Award by popular vote, Isle of Eigg-based Scottish DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop sonic hermit and Lost Map Records founder and director Pictish Trail looks ahead to the cold season with the Winter Rewind Acid Reflux Tour.
A self-styled “intimate yuletide Eigg-nog of Hebridean Casio folk, with stripped back, twisted and blissed out regurgitations of ol’ Pictish Trail favourites” it’ll take in a clutch of dates up and down the UK, and feature PT performing as a three-piece together with multi-instrumentalists Suse Bear (Tuff Love) and John B. McKenna from Monoganon, who also be the tour support.
PICTISH TRAIL's WINTER REWIND ACID REFLUX
FRI, NOV 17 @ THE GLAD CAFÉ, GLASGOW [TICKETS]
TUE, NOV 28 @ THE GREYSTONES, SHEFFIELD [TICKETS]
THU, NOV 30 @ O2 RITZ, MANCHESTER * [TICKETS]
FRI, DEC 1 @ THE HALL, LANCASTER [TICKETS]
MON, DEC 4 @ HENRY TUDOR HOUSE, SHREWSBURY [TICKETS]
TUE, DEC 5 @ GWDIHW, CARDIFF [TICKETS]
WED, DEC 6 @ CROFTER’S RIGHTS, BRISTOL [TICKETS]
THU, DEC 7 @ PRINCE ALBERT, STROUD [FREE ENTRY]
FRI, DEC 8 @ RIALTO, BRIGHTON [TICKETS]
SAT, DEC 9 @ PAPER DRESS VINTAGE, LONDON [TICKETS]
MON, DEC 11 @ THE STABLES 2, MILTON KEYNES [TICKETS]
TUE, DEC 12 @ THE CRESENT, YORK [TICKETS]
WED, DEC 13 @ THE TRADES CLUB, HEBDEN BRIDGE [TICKETS]
* supporting Jane Weaver
To introduce the Winter Rewind Acid Reflux Tour in his own words, here’s PT ...
“Hiiiii. Pictish Trail, here.
“Hey, look at that photo up there. That’s me. I’m regurgitating. Weird pink stuff is coming out of my mouth. It’s spilling over my beard. Don’t panic, though. It’s merely a visual representation of a compulsion to expel something within me. I’m quite literally bringing stuff back up from inside. But, what exactly does the thick, milky-pink heartburn medication I’m spewing represent? MY BEAUTIFUL SONGS, of course.
“Last year I released an LP called Future Echoes, which was conceived and delivered as a big, epic sounding album. One publication described it as “space-disco-wonk-pop”, pretty much what I was aiming for (unless their description was a one-letter-shy misprint). It was designed to be bold, and colourful, and loud. Over the past 12 months I’ve been performing on stages wearing a multi-coloured silk poncho, covering my face in glitter, and accompanied by a full-band in skin-tight, soft-pink clothing. It’s been lots of fun, and we’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of really cool places.
“Recently, I was around at my friend Suse’s place, and we were mucking about with the songs, deconstructing them, making some more minimal, blissed-out, harmony-driven versions. We recorded them, and they sounded really great. It got me thinking it would be cool to do a run of shows – in more intimate, cosy spaces – where we perform these musical regurgitations. So, we’ve put together some dates across the UK in November and December which I’ve obnoxiously entitled the Winter Rewind Acid Reflux Tour. Suse is gonna be joining me, as will my pal John B. McKenna – who will also open each show, with a special Monoganon performance. We’re gonna make the shows suitably festive and merry, so it would be very nice indeed to have your company.”
Here's a wee video, taken earlier this year, of Pictish and Suse performing the song 'Michael Rocket' ...