FreshAir's Guide to the Pleasance Sessions (Part Two)

After three stunning gigs last week headlined by Miaoux Miaoux, John Knox Sex Club and Rick Redbeard, this Thursday – Saturday features an equally impressive lineup curated by Instinctive Raccoon, Insider Festival and Song, by Toad records!

Thursday 17/10: Instinctive Raccoon presents The Pictish Trail and friends from Lost Map.

Tonight’s show ought to be a very special affair as Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail)’s new ‘micro-label and collective’ Lost Map Records’ stunning roster join forces to supplement an always impressive headline set by Lynch himself. The Pictish Trail’s show will be stripped-back and intimate, following the release of Secret Soundz Vol. 2 in January, and with this great release, a consistently well-crafted back catalogue and the other acts appearing tonight including Randolph’s Leap, eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Rozi Plain, Monoganon and Seamus Fogarty, tonight’s Instinctive Raccoon-headed show is sure to be one of the Session’s programme highlights.

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Friday 18/10 – Insider Festival presents Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) and Poppy Ackroyd (Hidden Orchestra)

For the last few years, the Insider Festival in Aviemore has been one of the highlights of the Scottish Music calendar. After another strong year, the organisers take to the Pleasance for ‘A Night at the Theatre’. The night starts with a full Audiovisual set from extraordinary violin and piano player Poppy Ackroyd, touring member of the Hidden Orchestra, who recently released her imaginative and intelligently textured debut LP Escapement. Headliner Aidan O’Rourke will be launching his solo album Hotline, taken from a new composition from 2012 of Cold War-inspired Folk Jazz, that sees the fiddle virtuoso and core member of Lau joined by a quintet to provide what is sure to be one of the most sophisticated and theatrical nights at the Pleasance Theatre this year.

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Saturday 19/10 – Song, by Toad presents Rob St. John, Adam Stafford, Ian Humberstone

The first of two formidable lineups curated by the wonderful Edinburgh-based DIY label and blog features three of the most creative and distinctive artists working in Scotland today. Headliner Rob St. John of eagleowl and Meursault will be showcasing his incredibly atmospheric solo material (see the immersive soundscapes of solo debut LP Weald) in a suitably dramatic and acoustically perfect setting. Before that unmissable set, characteristically impressive live performer Adam Stafford will be airing tracks from fourth solo LP Imaginary Walls Collapse that showcases Stafford’s ingenuity for loop-based production as well as pop songwriting. Opening the night is ex-Tissø Lake artist Ian Humberstone’s raw and dynamic chamber-folk that will captivate fans of Arthur Russell and Grizzly Bear.

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