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

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

Photo: Jim Hunter

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

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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