Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Baubles II - Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Dec 2011 (4 stars)

Josie Long, eagleowl and more join in Kid Canaveral's annual shindig

Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Baubles II - Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Dec 2011

Photo: Jim Hunter

The combination of cheap tins and 12 hours of live entertainment could be an endurance test in the wrong hands, but the second annual Fence Records/Kid Canaveral Chirstmas Baubles all-dayer doesn’t exactly feel like a chore. A joyous turn by Fence mainman Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail in the low-lit Summerhall sets the bar for appearances by Aidan John Moffat, Sweet Baboo and eagleowl, while ex De Rosa frontman Martin John Henry puts in a fine early evening performance on the back of his well-received – and rightly so – debut solo album, The Other Half of Everything.

Comedienne Josie Long does her best to warm up the crowd, pre-dinner break, with a routine centred on the fantastical prospect of her sharing a flat with a ghost before Standard Fare ply us all with swift chunks of sugary pop. Offering the obligatory Christmas nod with a few bars of Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, our hosts this evening, Kid Canaveral, fire home a short but sweet set that sees them joined by King Creosote for split single, ‘Home Run and a Vow’, before an impromptu in-crowd singalong to Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ sees Sheffield’s Slow Club round things out in suitably upbeat fashion.

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