Island tour

Scotland on Tour returns to New Galloway in September

As part of Scotland on Tour, the exciting initiative to support the recovery of the live music industry in Scotland, the psychedelic singer-songwriter from the Hebrides Pictish Trail will play the CatStrand in New Galloway on Thursday 22 September .

Pictish Traila.k.a Johnny Lynch, writes music about looking inward, addressing themes of isolation and escape. He draws inspiration from his life on the Isle of Eigg where he often experiences feelings of remoteness on the island, yet enjoys a sense of belonging.

Pictish Trail have released their fifth album, Island family, earlier this year. The record is dramatic and unpredictable, dealing with themes of nature, environment and acceptance. It promotes the belief that no man is an island, no matter how hard he tries.

Johnny Lynch aka Pictish Trail said: “I’m really delighted to have been included in the Scotland on Tour series of shows, to have the chance to play in venues around the country that are slightly off the beaten track, to play in front of new audiences. I’m thrilled to bring my full band for these shows – for people who’ve never seen us before, we’ll be performing a mix of mind-blowing acoustic songs, fuzzy rock wig-outs and electronic party starters; hoping everyone will be dancing by the end of the night! The CatStrand is a very cool venue and has an emphasis on community, something I know well, coming from a small Scottish island. I can’t wait to bring my music here and really hope to connect with the audience.

Scotland on tour will take place over a 12 month period between April 2022 and 2023. Still performing at the CatStrand is Esther Fast on sunday november 6.

Peter Renwick, Head of Arts Culture and Heritage at CatStrand, said: “We are extremely excited to stage Pictish Trail in the intimate setting of the CatStrand. Johnny Lynch is a very exciting and innovative artist and it promises to be a great night. We are reorganizing our auditorium to make it a standing concert. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Scotland On Tour for making this possible.

Scotland on Tour supports the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at popular arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland. More than 120 artists are scheduled to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative.

The project, which has been created and run by Active Events, has been made possible with support from the Scottish Government of £750,000 and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to present and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorsteps of the city, towns, villages and rural communities.

The year-long Scotland on Tour bill includes both emerging and established artists with genre acts spanning the breadth and breadth of the country, with genres rock, pop, jazz, classical, folk, trad and acoustics all presented.

Tickets for these shows and a host of other shows are on sale now at

Director of Active Events Lisa Whytock said: “This new initiative is a bold vision for the recovery of the live music industry in Scotland and an opportunity for artists, promoters and technical teams to thrive once again. The backlog of postponed and canceled shows over the past two years has made it very difficult for artists to book new gigs and this is where Scotland on Tour comes in, providing much needed opportunities for exciting acts to showcase their music.
“Concert goers will also have the chance to see the best of Scottish music on their doorstep. This will be especially beneficial for underutilized venues and rural performance spaces where we will bring these fantastic sets back to life.
Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “We are delighted to support the live music industry with £750,000 to fund the year-long Scotland on Tour initiative to boost the sector’s post-Covid recovery.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for artists and promoters to get back in front of live audiences and for people to support our creative communities by supporting the hundreds of gigs that will be taking place at venues across Scotland.”

Scotland on Tour is funded by the Scottish Government and organized by Active Events,

with input from representatives from across the industry, including Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, XpoNorth and South of Scotland Enterprise.

To find out what new shows are happening across Scotland, visit

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