MUSIC to transport you from the city to some of Scotland's most remote communities will be taking over PJ Molloy's next month.

The Dunfermline city centre venue is set to welcome two acts who draw inspiration from the country's hills, glens, and islands as part of a national initiative to support the live music industry,

Johnny Lynch, who performs under the name Pictish Trail, will be taking to the stage on September 19 following the release of his fifth album, Island Family, earlier this year.

He said: "I’m really chuffed to have been included as part of the Scotland on Tour series of shows, getting a chance to play venues across the country that are slightly off the beaten track, playing to new audiences.

"I’m excited to bring my full band for these shows – for folks who have not seen us before, we’ll be performing a mixture of blissed-out acoustic songs, fuzzed-up rock wig-outs and electronic party-starters; hoping everyone will be dancing by the end of the night!

"PJ Molloy's is a great venue and has hosted so many incredible artists in the past. It’s a very intimate space so I’m really looking forward to connecting with the audience and hopefully sharing a great night!"

Johnny's music reminisces on his life on the Isle of Eigg, where he says he experiences a feelings of remoteness, as well as a sense of belonging.

He will be followed by Heron Valley on September 22, whose writing is also inspired by Scotland, particularly places they have visited together as a band.

The six-piece use the fiddle, drums, banjo, guitar, bass, bagpipes and whistle as well as their lyrics to show their passion for their heritage, showcasing the country's culture, language and people.

Abigail Pryde, fiddle and vocals, said: "We are all delighted to be part of Scotland on Tour. The whole initiative provides Scottish musicians with incredible opportunities to play in a wide range of venues, and it feels great to be performing again.

"We’re buzzing for our gig in Dunfermline."

The Scotland on Tour project, created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by a £750,000 grant from the Scottish Government aims to bring exciting acts to the doorstep of cities, towns, villages and rural communities.

PJ Molloy's say they are "thrilled" to be hosting the bands, as the live music industry continues to recover after the pandemic.

Jonny Watt, from the venue, said: "We encourage everyone to visit their local venue and enjoy all of the shows on offer, safe in the knowledge that you are contributing to the continued existence of treasured local independent music venues and supporting these great artists right here in Scotland.

"The awesome boundary-pushing sounds of Pictish Trail are sure to go down well in the venue as well as the soaring nu-folk stylings of Heron Valley. We're thrilled to have both artists headlining PJ Molloy's.”

Tickets for the shows are available now at