THANK YOU St. Louis Renaissance Faire!

Words cannot express the amazing time we had at our very first Ren Faire this weekend at the St. Louis Renaissance Faire!

The entire faire family (and it truly is a family) welcomed us with open arms, showed us the ropes, gave us advice and made us feel at home.

The crowds were FANTASTIC; loud, energetic and generous! We’ve never heard YAWPING quite that loud and enthusiastic. (HEEEEY-OH!)

Word on the street is that we’ll be back next year! HUZZAH!

A few specific shout outs:

The The Steele Sisters who shared the stage with us as well as sharing their advice on performing at a Ren Faire. And thanks for making us laugh and entertaining US!  You are lovely, talented and amazing people!

3 Pints Gone; Our good friends from way back! Thanks for showing us around, sharing your wisdom and inviting us to dinner! Randomly catching the entire “Moose song” was serendipitous to say the least! 

The entire Scottish Village and Garrison for letting us play under shelter when it rained, and for feeding and watering us all day! (aye Willie!) You provided much needed respite, nourishment and especially fine company for us wary minstrels! We can’t thank you enough!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to EVERYONE at the Faire for making this one of the most memorable performances we’ve had!

New Online Store, Now Open!

We apologize for the inability to purchase physical CDs for the last couple of months. We were having issues with our old provider so we decided to move to another, better, more secure shopping cart system.

The CD “Earth” is available for purchase and will be shipped directly from us to you…no middle man!

CD – “Earth” from Pictus on Square Market

There’s Room in the Mead Hall!

The best thing about being in a band like Pictus, is there’s little competition with bands like us. For so many *ahem* “normal” bands they’re continually fighting for stage time, air time and attention. The world of Pictus is a world where there’s room for everyone.

We don’t hide the fact that we are inspired, impressed and moved by those in our world of bagpipes and drums. We make no apologies for borrowing from their rucksack of music and performance. We never pretended to be 100% original. What we (and by “we”, I mean each individual band) are, is genuine. We believe in what we’re doing and we don’t compete with each other, but drink from the same musical drinking horn. It’s not just a “show” for us or an easy way to get drunk, make money and cavort with fair maidens or lads. We can be found sharing a stage, making noise, raising a glass or just enjoying each other’s musical talents whenever our paths may cross.

It’s in that spirit that I’d like to introduce to you, our dear members of Clann Pictus, those bands who are our inspiration, motivation and even our friends. (This is by no means a comprehensive list, just those who we know, listen to and are familiar with.)

Corvus Corax: We continually turn to this group of incredible showmen for ideas and inspiration. They continually push the envelope of what can be done with medieval music.  Using shawms, citterns, drums from all over the world and a giant hurdy-gurdy, they create an unparalleled sound .

CuDubh: This is the group we met in KC (before they were even Cu Dubh) and said “This is awesome!” And thus the twinkle in our eye that would eventually become Pictus was born.  The level of talent in this group is amazing. They are prolific songwriters, amazing musicians and damn fine people to drink and party with!

Wolgemut: We just recently discovered them and are devouring any video we can find of them. Amazing showmen!

Albannach: Although to many, it seems they may have recently digressed into the “get drunk, make money and cavort with fair maidens” camp (which we don’t consider a fault by any means!) you can’t deny they’re instrumental and influential in the world of primal drums and pipes (mostly drums.) They can certainly draw a crowd, so we gotta give ‘em props!

So go check ‘em out! Buy their CDs and support the bands who sit alongside us in the great mead hall that is music! And when you do look them up, tell ‘em PICTUS sent you!


Sharing our Love for Learning!

In an effort to show you where we get our inspiration and to share the band’s love of ancient cultures, beliefs and paths, we’re going to begin posting articles we find around the web. And in the spirit of the bard, sharing stories of our travels and things we’ve learned along the way.

Introducing the “Pictus Library”. It’s a spot where we’ll post links to articles and information we find around the web regarding ancient cultures, religions, music and heritage.

There’s only a few articles up now, but we’ll add more as we continue to discover.

You can access the Pictus Library by clicking here  or click “Pictus Library” from the menu at the top.

Clann Pictus!

Pictus Promo PhotoIf anyone has photos or video from a Pictus performance, please share! They might just end up on the Pictus website or our You Tube Channel!

Please spread the word, share the music, the website, the facebook page, etc. far and wide.

Let’s endeavor to make Pictus more than just a “band” and all of you more than just “fans”, let’s make this…CLANN PICTUS!