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!

Check out the new store by clicking here.

As The Seasons Change, So Do We!

2013 has  been an amazing year for Pictus! We started out continuing to get a feeling for how we might be received, and you all let us know exactly how you feel about us! Your energy sustained us throughout the summer. We were welcomed warmly and enthusiastically by many festivals and events all over the country and we can’t thank you enough. This trend will continue throughout 2014 with us booking many more festivals. If you want us to bring the Pictus thunder to your town, just drop is a line and we’ll do our very best to get there.


The Debut CD, “Earth”

2013 also saw the birth of our first CD entitled “Earth.” We’re very proud of the way it sounds. We feel we’ve captured the energy and the essence of our live shows, while still being creative and interesting in the studio. We couldn’t have done it without the patience, talent and wisdom of Stephanee McDowell. She stuck by our side and made certain every nuance of the bagpipes and every tone of the drums were heard and felt. 

You can purchase the CD  or listen/download it digitally on the “Store” page :

While The Earth Sleeps

We’ve decided to emulate our ancestors and our wilderness kin and hibernate for the winter. As the winds become colder, the snow falls and the earth sleeps, we will be holing ourselves up by the hearth to write new music and build new drums! No live shows over the winter are currently planned as we’re focusing squarely on hitting 2014 with a bang! (pun fully intended)

Expect to hear John’s pennywhistles and  Brad’s guitar on a song or two. Lauren branching out into Highland dance and more percussion and of course, the thunderous drums and soul stirring bagpipes you’ve come to love will still  be at the center of it all!


The Last Show of the Season!

Our last show of 2013 will be fittingly be in our hometown of Indianapolis, IN for the Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm and 7pm. Our 2pm set will feature members of Lauren’s Celtic dance group Celtic Motion who have choreographed dances especially to Pictus songs for this event!

Also appearing are our good friends and partners in shenanigans, Highland Reign!


Stay Tuned!

We have some things in the works to keep you entertained while we rebuild, regroup and re-energize! Keep up with us right here at, on our Facebook page and Twitter account for updates and photos and blog posts about our progress.

We hope to see you at the last show of the season in Indianapolis!



John, Brad & Lauren

Debut CD “Earth” Now Available!

IT’S HERE!! The long awaited debut CD entitled, “Earth” is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

In the coming days it will be available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify and other digital media outlets.

Give it a listen and spread the word!


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.