The Pictish Trail

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The Pictish Trail
Birth name John Lynch
Born c. 1981
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Folk, electronic, alt-folk
Years active 2002–present
Labels Fence, Moshi Moshi, Lost Map Records
Associated acts Fence Collective, Silver Columns, Three Craws, King Creosote, Pencils

Johnny Lynch is a Scottish musician who performs under the pseudonym The Pictish Trail. Lynch ran Fence Records until August 2013.[1][2] In 2010 he released an album and toured with Adem Ilhan under the name Silver Columns.[3]


Johnny Lynch started performing under the moniker The Pictish Trail in 2002, recording his first album on his computer and releasing it on Fence Records in 2003.[4] Lynch ran Fence Records until August 2013, managing the label for 10 years in total, before leaving to form a new label, Lost Map Records .[5]

Lynch released his debut album proper, Secret Soundz Vol.1, in September 2008, to critical acclaim.[2][6] In February 2009, The Times named Secret Soundz as an "Essential Recording" of the Fence Collective.[7] In 2010 The List magazine named Lynch as the 12th "Hottest Scot" in its list of creative Scottish people. His 2010 album "In Rooms" (12" vinyl) consists of 50 songs of 30 seconds each written as part of the "100 Days To Make Me A Better Person" project of 2009.[8] Lynch also supported KT Tunstall throughout her 2010-2011 European tour in support of her 2010 album, Tiger Suit.[9]

Secret Soundz Vol. 2 was recorded with Sweet Baboo taking up production duties, on the Isle of Eigg (where Lynch now resides), in 2012. The album was released to critical praise in February 2012.[10] It was re-released in CD form in 2014.

In July 2014, the first Howlin' Fling Festival took place on Eigg, with Lynch as organiser and performer. The line-up included, among others, Jens Lekman, Beth Orton and Sam Amidon, The Phantom Band and various bands from Lost Map Records.

The Pictish Trail appeared on James Yorkston's 2014 album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society.[11]



  • The Pictish Trail (2003)
  • Pick @ Pictish (2003)
  • Hot Trail (2004)
  • Secret Soundz Vol. 1 (2008)
  • In Rooms (2010)
  • Secret Soundz Vol. 2 (2013)


  • Words Fail Me Now (2007)
  • Winter Home Disco (Remixes) (2008)


  • Norman The Fence Fence Records (2003)
  • Fence Reunited Fence Records (2003)
  • Fine Tuning Fence Records (2003)
  • Fence Reunited Fence Records (2003)
  • Gangplank - Walk the 7 Fence Records (2003)
  • Fence @ Pittenweem '04 Fence Records (2004)
  • Welcome the Hummingbeans Fence Records (2005)
  • Balloons Fence Records (2005)
  • Don't Fudge with the Fence Made Fence Records (2007)
  • PostMap 00°1 Sampler Lost Map Records (2013)


  1. ^ "Profile". Fence Records. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b David Pollock (8 December 2008). "Exposure: The Pictish Trail". The List. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "'The Sound of Silver' The Skinny Magazine Published 14 June 2010". 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ Domino Records. Album Page.
  5. ^ Johnny Lynch says goodbye Fence Records, hello Lost Map 20 August 2013
  6. ^ "Profile". BBC. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  7. ^ Mark Edwards (1 February 2009). "Fence Collective: Encyclopedia of Modern Music". The Times. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "In Rooms LP". Fence Records. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "KT Tunstall @ HMV Forum 8th March 2011 « Planet Music Reviews". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  10. ^ "I don't want to keep doing the same thing, I want to mess things up a bit" : Best Fit meets The Pictish Trail
  11. ^ "James Yorkston Announces Details of His New Album, The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society, Out 18th August". 28 May 2014. 

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