The Picts have become one of the most popular live bands on the folk rock and concert scene. They have reached out with their unique brand of Celtic Rock and captivated hundreds of audiences both at home and abroad.
There is a considerable influence of original material combined with the traditional. The sets are upbeat and irresistible for dancing. The songs (both original and traditional) are powerful and rocky, yet retain their original sentiment, feeling and intimacy.
The Picts story so far…
These days the band are never far from the limelight. In 1997/98 they headlined the Hogmanay bash at George Square, Glasgow in front of 40,000 people. In July 2004 they played at Scotland’s biggest music festival ‘T in the Park’ for the eighth consecutive year.
They have appeared twice at the famous Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany to great acclaim from the French press and enthusiastic appreciation from the audiences.
This led to a considerable amount of interest in the band throughout Europe. Amongst countless Festivals, concerts and ceilidhs they played at the James Bond Ball in Aberdeen (Britain’s biggest ever student event) for two years running, headlined the Celtic Stage of the Stirling Millennium Hogmanay celebrations, took part in the Gael 2000 concert in Coventry with comedian Roy Walker and returned to France to headline ‘Celtifolies’ the first ever Celtic Festival in Lyon.
More recently the band have had a number of sell out concerts in Glasgow’s Cottier Theatre and played at the wedding of Dougie Payne (Travis) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting). Among their many radio interviews and appearances The Picts were on BBC Radio Scotland’s program ‘The Lemontree’ bringing their music to a wider audience and they took part in BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s live broadcast ‘Tiompan’ for BBC music live.
The Picts have also played live on breakfast TV and appeared on a live Millennium Hogmanay show for LTV. In October 2000 they were filmed for a Gaelic music program ‘@ Ire’ for the BBC which was televised in May 2001.
The Picts Celtic Rock Music Samples
The Bear Dance
The Blackberry Bush