SWEET BABOO & PICTISH TRAIL+ MICHAEL KING (BOAT TO ROW)

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable canter around the counties, for a seasonal co-headline tour, calling at Birmingham’s Glee Club on Fri 28th November.

Lyrical singer-songshapers, Stephen Black, and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail, respectively), both know the power of collaboration. Something of a fixture within the burgeoning Welsh psyche-pop scene, you’ll recognise Black not only from his prolific solo output, but as a frequent musical cohort to Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys among many, many others. Across four albums, and even more EPs, Sweet Baboo’s dry wit and melodic flair have seen him become a firm favourite with BBC’s Marc Riley (who has had him in session more than any other artist), and deservedly recognised as one of the country’s finest performers.

Meanwhile, from a static caravan up on the remote isle of Eigg, tucked away within the inner Hebrides of Scotland, Lynch runs DIY label and collective Lost Map (formerly Fence Records). As well as producing countless mini-albums, EPs and assorted LPs of self-professed ‘wonky-pop’ material under his Pictish Trail moniker, he’s collaborated with a plethora of the greatest songsmiths across these fair lands, including James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote, KT Tunstall and Adem. With the latter, he formed electro-pop powerhouse, Silver Columns, proving his chops both as a versatile song-writer and as a wet-spandex leotard model.

Lynch invited Black up to the island to help him record his latest Pictish opus, Secret Soundz Vol.2 – which was very recently given a full nationwide release, alongside Vol.1, by London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. For this special advent tour, the pair are reunited for a fortnight of song-swapping, thigh-slapping and local-ale gargling; expect folk-tinged winter hymns, lo-fi audio wizardry and sweet Eigg-nog kisses under the casio.

Sweet Baboo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Pictish Trail Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for Sweet Baboo’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ below:

Watch the video for ‘Wait Until’ by Pictish Trail below:


Plus support from MICHAEL KING (BOAT TO ROW)

Michael King is the lead singer and songwriter in Birmingham quintet Boat To Row, who since their beginnings as a solo project in 2009 have earned an outstanding live reputation. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. As the band gear up for a summer full of festivals, Michael will be making a rare solo outing to showcase these songs in a stripped-down form.

Michael King (Boat To Row) Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below: