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Hullo, Pictish Trail, here! (I’ve just cribbed this blog post from one i wrote over on the Lost Map about a week ago) It’s been a busy couple o’ weeks up here at Lost Map Towers.  Lots going on.  So much so that i’ve not been able to update the website properly with juicy news items … BUT, if you’ve signed up to our mailing list you will have been receiving weekly emails from our WayPoints team, with updates on everything that’s happening.  If …

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Happy New Y…aaaawwwn. Yes.  It’s time for your monthly dose o’ Pictish Twaddle. Hope you all had a suitably cosy Xmas and Hogmanay. December was a blur of joy, a month of big smiles and tear-filled wincing eyes.   Watching Edwyn Collins light up the entire Portobello Town Hall with ‘Rip It Up’, whilst having my first beer of the day at Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles.  That was a magic day, that. The rest of the month was a whirlwind …

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Took a wee 3 month breather on the blog, there. This last quarter of the year has been a busy one, with no time for drooling introspection or nasal gaving. Seems ludicrous to mention it now, but thanks to all those that came along for the Pictish tour dates in October – really great to see so many of you.  The shows were all dead good fun.  For once, i wasn’t the hairiest member of the band.  I didn’t get …

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Hullo there, WELCOME TO BIG SCHOOL. It’s been a pretty full on month, eh? The summer has raced to a close, burning out faster and brighter than a naked flame next to a more naked anus. Hot stuff. As most of you will have already read in your local gazette, after 10 years of gruelling soft work, I’ve had to bid a fond farewell to Fence Records. The Fife label has been my home since I started recording songs, and …

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Since 1997, the Fence Records label and Collective have been based in and around the sleepy fishing villages of the East Neuk Of Fife and St Andrews, promoting our own distinct brand of Casio-folk, acoustic ambience and proto-electronic pop from a roster of artists across the UK and beyond. Famously, the area gave birth to members of The Beta Band, and KT Tunstall, and the label became a launch pad for the careers of King Creosote, James Yorkston, The Pictish …

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July Japes   Hullo Trailers,   Hope you’ve all had a deliriously sweat-soaked summer so far.  I have.     This is a picture of me at Glastonbury, rocking the matador look.  Aye carumba. Fear not, readers, I replaced this jacket with my gold lamé one when I took to the stage.  Here’s a snippet of us rockin’ oot.  (Keep yer ears peeled for a rogue Limmy impression from the audience right at the end)     Top fun.  It …

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Güten tag.  Wie gehts?  Gehts gut, alles klar.  Wo ist die Post, bitte? That’s pretty much all the German I know.  Just thought i should start with something a little different. Hi, anyway.  Hope you’re well. I’m fine, h’aye.  Where is the post office? It’s a dark, overcast Monday on Eigg, today.  The sky is being a moody shit, all furrowed cloud and half-closed sun.   A slight breeze gently shoogles a lone hazel tree outside the caravan; nature’s wagging …

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I don’t really want May to end.  It’s been a good month.  But end it must.  Please read the following words, and take a long sleep until June starts.  You’ll feel all the better for it. In my last blog I told you about a new series of releases on Fence – which are gonna be in the postcard format.  True to my word, the Wait Until EP postcard was released at the start o’ the month, featuring 8 different …

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(this is a blog i wrote yesterday, Thursday 25th April – i’ve only been able to upload it today …)   Hullo. I’m on a train.    It’s my second today. I’ve got a third to look forward to when I change at Wolverhampton, en route to Coventry – where i’m playing tonight with James ‘Jimmy’ Yorkston and Seamus ‘Shimmy’ Fogarty.  We’re approaching the end of our UK tour, now – and it’s been braw fun.  Certainly the most drunken …

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Hullo.  We’ve approached the arse of March, and it’s time for my monthly wipe. (Do you like the picture above?  It’s of my face.  And it’s by Sarah Tanat Jones, for Kit Records – a really interesting blog/radio site.  I did an interview & mix for them which you can check out here).     Hope you’re all well.  I’m back up on the isle of Eigg, on a post-tour comedown from folk’n’roll excess.   Spent five days on the …