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 Bonand 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.
The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo co-headline tour
29th Nov - The Haunt, Brighton
30th Nov - Talking Heads, Southampton
1st Dec - The Lantern, Bristol
2nd Dec - The Greystones, Sheffield
3rd Dec - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
4th Dec - Purcell Room @ Southbank Centre, London
5th Dec - South Street Arts, Reading
6th Dec - Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
8th Dec - The Phoenix, Exeter
9th Dec - The Musician, Leicester
10th Dec - Gullivers, Manchester
14th Dec - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen