In a small ceilidh hall in the middle of a remote island, a bearded man, who has already hugged almost everyone in the room, materialises on stage to welcome the experimental electronica sound collagists Devonanon. “You’re ours now,” he says. “Forget about ferries, you’re staying with us forever.”
The bearded man is Johnny Lynch of Pictish Trail, formerly of the Fence Collective, now founder of Lost Map Records and resident of Eigg, an island of the Inner Hebrides. Howlin’ Fling is Lost Maps’ biennial(ish) festival, and 2017 marks a special one. It’s been 20 years since the island celebrated community ownership, raising the money to buy out the eccentric German laird who was the last in a long line of landowners to impose their paternalism on the people.
“The island is so much a part of the identity of the label and who I…
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