Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX UK UK
Special collaboration of The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo!
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, Black’s prolific solo output sits alongside his activity as a frequent musical cohort to Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys, among others.
Across four albums and even more EPs, Sweet Baboo’s dry wit and melodic flair have seen him become a firm favourite with the BBC’s Marc Riley (who has had him in session more than any other artist).
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 songsmiths 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. 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.
Tickets £13.50 via Southbank Centre