Lost Map – The Howlin’ Fling

The remote Isle of Eigg, located within the inner Hebrides of Scotland, is home to the country’s most innovative DIY label and music collective, Lost Map. Every two years, the island hosts a mini-festival known as ‘Howlin’ Fling! ’, where acts from the label roster, good pals, and special guests perform in front of an audience looking to lose themselves in music.

For Burns&Beyond, Lost Map’s boss Pictish Trail will curate a recreation of their biennial bash, transforming a secret venue in Edinburgh into Eigg’s legendary ceilidh hall, for an evening of sonic exploration and Highland hospitality.

Pictish Trail

Throughout his career Pictish Trail – aka Johnny Lynch – has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.

Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail spent a good few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1 & 2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. A mesmerising psychedelic opus about death and the after-life, Future Echoes won the public vote for Scottish Album of the Year in 2017, and sent Pictish on an two-year tour cycle – including international tour dates supporting Belle and Sebastian, British Sea Power, Malcolm Middleton and KT Tunstall, as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Field Day, Green Man, Deer Shed, Skye Live, not to mention his own legendary Howlin’ Fling! weekender on Eigg.

Following a deluxe reissue of Future Echoes by esteemed London tastemakers, Fire Records, in 2018, Pictish is currently working on brand new material due for release in 2019. Burns&Beyond will be the first chance to hear some of these new songs …

Alabaster dePlume

Alabaster dePlume is the alter-ego of Angus Fairburn, a London-via-Manchester based spoken word artist, writer and saxophonist, whose wonderfully uncategorisable album The Corner Of A Sphere (released on Lost Map in May 2018) sold out almost immediately. A deluxe version of the album, pressed on oxblood vinyl, and packaged with a bonus disc of live versions, out-takes and remixes, is due for release February 2019.

Informed by such diverse experiences as a youth spent playing in polyrhythmic punk bands, tuition in jazz and Indian classical music, five years as an accompanist for other artists on international tours and ten years of working with adults with learning difficulties, Alabaster dePlume’s output is thoroughly special. A disarming, unpredictable, wilfully awkward and totally life-affirming meld of richly evocative poetry and singing, sweet soft music, deadpan off-the-cuff comedy, Corbynist left-wing political fire and righteous helpings of right-on good vibes, as encapsulated best by Angus’s positive mantra: “you’re doing very well… it’s not always easy”. When he plays live and in his element, Angus seeks to elevate audiences out of their comfort zone, by taking a behavioural approach to performance. “I want to make use of my natural, semi-vain concern for ‘what is my effect on the people around me right now?’ in order to frame certain thoughts and feelings,” he explains. No two shows are ever the same, each one is a collector’s item.

Callum Easter

Callum Easter, the latest signing to Lost Map, is an Edinburgh based singer of otherworldly rhythm and blues, whose songs are shrouded in cavernous echo, built from electronic bass drones and shivering organ. Having built a strong local reputation following two self-released EPs, Easter emerges from the creative heat of the Leith studio that spawned Young Fathers (with whom he plays keys and lap steel, on tour), ready to unveil his genre-busting debut album, Here Or Nowhere, in April 2019.

Venue: A secret location in Edinburgh City Centre
Dates: 26 January 2019
Times: Starting from 6pm
Tickets on sale Friday 7 December, 10am

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