As mentioned earlier this week, Malcolm Middleton will be all over in Europe this autumn and The Pictish Trail (Jonny Lynch) will be opening for the former Arab Strapper. The Pictish Trail recently recorded a session with Matthew in Edinburgh. Tour dates and video from that session below.

The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of 26-yr-old singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who – alongside Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) – runs micro-indie DIY label Fence Records, in a remote fishing village in Fife. Although born and raised in Edinburgh, Johnny spent his entire teenage life in America, hovering over the shelves of tiny record shops in suburban Connecticut before moving out to the Wisconsin wilderness.

Matthew had The Pictish Trail in for a “Toad Session” earlier this year.

This Toad Session has been a wee while coming, but frankly I think it’s fucking superb.  The videos have turned out wonderfully, Neil and Gav have done an amazing job with the sound, Fee and Dylan have taken some great photos.  I’m happy as a pig in shit, quite frankly.  Johnny Lynch (Mr. Pictish Trail) had plenty of time to kill, so we drank some beer, took our time and talked a monumental amount of shite.  The podcast is really strong this time around, I think.  We talk a lot but I think it’s pretty decent stuff for the most part, not random blather, so I really think it should be an enjoyable listen.  Hopefully, anyway.

Johnny picked really nice songs, too.  He’s recorded a couple of unreleased ones, and a Lone Pigeon cover, as well as his Top of the Pops hit single Winter Home Disco.  It makes for a really nice mix.  As per usual the songs are all available for downloading, hotlinking and sharing around, the videos can be watched below, on YouTube or Vimeo, and the photos are all to be seen as a slideshow here or on the general Song, by Toad Flickr page here.  Go to Blueback Hotrod for more of Dylan’s live music photography.  And enjoy the podcast – it can be played here, and the tracklisting is at the bottom of this page.  I’m really proud of this, people, so I hope you enjoy it.

From the Song, by Toad Archives. Visit Song, by Toad for more from Matthew.

The Pictish Trail – Winter Home Disco (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

The Pictish Trail – You Covered the Earth With Your Thumb (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

The Pictish Trail – I Will Pour It Down (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

The Pictish Trail – Won’t You Take Me Back (Toad Session) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.