In association with Interesting Music Promotion.
An evening with... James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail & Withered Hand
Three of Scotland’s leading singer/songwriters on tour together, on stage together... For these special performances, all three will be on-stage throughout, sharing and joining in on each other’s songs, having a laugh and a blether, performing two sets of 1hr and 1hr 15mins.
James Yorkston was one of the original members of The Fence Collective, part of the Fife music scene that spawned King Creosote, KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail & The Beta Band. Since 2001 James has been signed to Domino Records (Artic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand) with whom he has released eight albums proper and dozens of EPs, compilations, 7” singles and one exceptionally fine book, It's Lovely to be here - The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent.
A much respected figure in the music world, James has been featured twice on BBC2's The Culture Show and had a documentary on him aired on Channel 4. He was the musical director for the BBC Electric Proms Lal Waterson Tribute concert and has recorded with many fine musicians – Norma and Mike Waterson, Jon Hopkins, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Rustin Man, Kathryn Williams and Fuzzy Grumble have all appeared on James' albums. He has also played shows and toured with such legendary names as John Martyn, Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy.
James' most recent album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (Autumn 2014) was produced by Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip) and featured some of his old pals; KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail. It got tremendous reviews:
‘Poetic genius at work…the flawless record that Yorkston has long promised’ Q
‘For me, listening to James Yorkston’s music is like coming across the interesting-looking person on the fringes of a party. Before you know it, you’ve spent the evening listening to their compelling tale. There’s a quiet confidence in his craft; his singing, the words and instrumentation, all blend seamlessly....’ Philip Selway, Radiohead
'One of the most influential singer / songwriters on the Scottish folk scene’ The Scotsman
The Pictish Trail
Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, is something of a conundrum. On first impressions, he’s a self-deprecating hairy hobo whose on-stage banter could give many comedians a run for their money. But once he begins to sing, Lynch’s extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths that can subdue the most rowdy of audiences into a blissfully hypnotised silence.
Signing to Moshi Moshi Records in 2014, Lynch’s gloriously eclectic and critically acclaimed albums Secret Soundz Volumes 1 & 2 were given a full release on the label in June of that year.
The silver-tongued one’s songs are as wildly varied as his selection of brightly coloured bobble hats. His distinctive voice has been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig.
With two albums, numerous mini-albums, EPs, and singles under his belt as The Pictish Trail, Lynch has also moonlighted as one half of demented dance-pop duo Silver Columns with Adem (Fridge) for their 2010 album Yes and Dance.
It’s this innovative, genre-defying approach that’s seen him mentioned in the same breath as his heroes Beck, The Beta Band and Hot Chip. He even joined the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Charlotte Gainsbourg as part of the line-up for Beck’s Song Reader live concert in London in 2013.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Lynch is also busy running his own musical empire from the remote Hebridean island Eigg (56°54’N, 06°10’W) he calls home. Following ten successful years running Fife’s infamous Fence Records, last year Lynch moved on to pastures new and founded Scotland’s most exciting new label Lost Map Records.
Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who started writing songs almost ten years ago during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty, being described by Del Amitri’s Justin Currie as a, ‘Godlike Genius’.
Alongside activity with his band, Dan is also a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods (FortunaPOP! / Slumberland) which propelled Withered Hand into the charts and was named Scottish Album Of The Year by the Sunday Herald, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle & Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. Mojo said, ‘Edinburgh’s Dan Willson scales-up the celestial folk of his 2009 debut. King Creosote, Eugene Kelly and members of Belle & Sebastian bring deep-pile, micro-orchestration to the sardonic, wistful, always finely wrought songs’ ****