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THE PICTISH TRAIL; Electric Circus, Edinburgh, August 11.


Thank heavens for Johnny Lynch, aka Fence Records' Pictish Trail, for doing a fine job of saving us from the madness of the Edinburgh Fringe. Of course, it can't be escaped entirely, but the presence of a DJ/stand-up support set from comedian Josie Long was acceptable, seeing as she's an old friend of Lynch and of Fence. It was a raucous, soulful set from Lynch and his band, with the check-shirted singer - who's based on the Isle of Eigg - on the verge of releasing his new album Secret Soundz Vol. 2.

He played new and old tracks in front of a friendly audience and, such was the feeling of jokey camaraderie, the gorgeous set-closer Winter Home Disco saw Lynch carried offstage by his special guest, David MacGregor from Kid Canaveral, who randomly appeared wearing a wrestler's mask. When Lynch appeared for a solo acoustic encore, it was as if we were never going to get him offstage. "Let's be honest - I'm p***ed, you're p***ed, we can do better," he muttered before great versions of Not to Be and Columns, his request for a singalong accompanied by a command to "heckle like you're at the s****est Fringe show ever". We were anything but, though.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 19, 2012
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