When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 16 April 2013
Where: The Blind Tiger, 52-54 Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 9QA
We’re excited to be promoting the Brighton leg of the Fence Collective’s very special tour.
The sleepy fishing-village of Anstruther, in Scotland’s East Neuk of Fife, is home to Fence Records – a self-proclaimed micro-indie music label with a resolute DIY work ethic and healthy assortment of musical-styles/facial-hair. The label’s output is reserved exclusively for members of the Fence Collective – a loose-knit amalgam of singer-songwriters, musicians, bands and electronic artists who collaborate with one another on record, as well as on stage. Although their music isn’t always strictly ‘folk’ in the traditional sense, the Collective’s tendency to hand-down and share songs with one another is very much in the folk spirit. Three members of the Collective will be joining forces on a special tour in March and April 2013 – collaborating on stage, sharing songs, a laugh and some blether.
The first member of the Fence Collective to emerge from the creative oddity that is the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston’s first solo show was supporting Bert Jansch, his first tour was supporting John Martyn. After those heady heights he went on to sign to Domino Records and record his debut album in a damp-soaked cottage in the Scottish borders. Domino subsequently released this record, Moving Up Country, which went on to become Rough Trade’s Album of The Year 2002. Yorkston’s five subsequent albums included collaborations with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Rustin Man (Talk Talk, Beth Gibbons).
The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who – alongside Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) – runs Fence Records. His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic-driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop, that has been described as ‘a post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk’. PT has recorded various albums, mini-albums, EPs and singles of his own material for the Fence label – working with a number of artists such as King Creosote, James Yorkston, KT Tunstall, The Red Well and The Earlies along the way, among others. The Pictish Trail is currently spending most of his time on the remote Hebridean island of Eigg, writing and recording songs for Secret Soundz Vol. 2. and feeding goats. The new album, recorded with his friend Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo), is due to come out October 2012.
Born and raised four miles from the small town of Swinford, in County Mayo, Seamus Fogarty came to the attention of Fence after supporting James Yorkston at a show in Kilkenny. An invitation to the Collective’s annual Home Game festival in Anstruther, Fife, soon followed – with Seamus performing in front of about five people at a secret pub show. His debut album, God Damn You Mountain, will be released on Fence Records in April 2012.