Kid C onstage at Christmas Baubles IV. Pic by Stephanie Gibson.
Hello to you all,
I am absolutely shattered. I am absolutely delighted. What an incredible afternoon and night Saturday was. Thank you so much to everyone that came along.
Heartfelt thanks to Laura Doherty, Clarissa Cheong, Katie Campbell, David McElroy, Fiona Buckle, Dylan Matthews, Graeme Anderson, Scott Longmuir, Alex Livingstone, Shonagh Massie, Armida Taylor, Owen Williams, Ali Davison, Paul Northcott, Sus Divit, Rollo Strickland, Gemma Lawrence, Tamsin Cunningham, Karen Connelly, Jacob W Bee, Bruce McMaster, Mirna La Ladrona, Yvonne Stevenson, Hannah Shepherd, Bar Towel, Rosalind Leyden, Rose Jamieson, and Cara McIlwraith, our volunteers who tirelessly staffed the bar, front desk and generally helped Christmas Baubles IV actually happen. Thank you to Ella Duncan who manned our merch desk all day. Thank you to Michael Craig, our bar manager. Thank you to Stephanie Gibson for beautiful photos. Thank you to Richie Morgan for filming. Thank you to Colin and Sharon, our beautiful seahorses. Thank you to Ben, Chloe and Jade Milne from Fisher and Donaldson for their fantastic baked treats. Thank you to all of our door staff from Strikeforce Security. Thank you to Tim Matthew, Bryan and Grant for their incredible sound skills. Thank you to Erik Johnson for the fantastic lights. Thank you to Paul and Malcolm at Portobello Town Hall. Thank you to the good folk of Portobello. Thank you to David Galletly for the beautiful poster. Thank you to Siobhan Wilson, Rozi Plain, This Many Boyfriends, The Pictish Trail & Massacre Cave, Tuff Love, De Rosa and Edwyn Collins for fantastic performances. Thank you to the Cairn String Quartet for playing with us again and making our set feel really rather special. Thank you to Tom from Gold Flake Paint and to Lomond Campbell and River of Slime for their DJing skills.
I felt really rather moved and overwhelmed a number of times on Saturday. Seeing the whole hall dancing to Edwyn – What Presence! What a performer! Seeing De Rosa back together on a stage and sounding better than ever was just incredible. Sadly, because of all the running about that me and the rest of the Canaverals have to do at these things, I never get to see everything. I’m very excited to see more of Tuff Love. Siobhan Wilson was the perfect start to the day. Rozi always tugs my heart strings. The energy of This Many Boyfriends always cheers me. I doubt anyone could possibly dislike The Pictish Trail with Massacre Cave as his band.
It was our first year in the beautiful Portobello Town Hall and the first year putting on a Baubles in conjunction with our new record label Lost Map Records. A big thank you to Johnny, Kate and Malcolm at Lost Map is definitely in order. I am absolutely delighted to continue working with Johnny Lynch at his new label. We all are. There’s been a lot written, including a lot of speculation and conjecture, about the demise of our old label Fence Records and what is actually going to continue under that name. What happens to that name, I’ve no idea, but the spirit of the Fence Records that I spent a little over a decade attending the events of, releasing records on, and helping out with will live on as Lost Map Records. I have absolute faith in that, not to mention in Johnny Lynch, the person who put his faith in us for a long time before anyone else did. And with that, no more. Goodbye Fence, hello Lost Map.
We’ve got a new tour coming up to promote our new single ‘Who Would Want to be Loved?’ in February and beyond (details here) and there are going to be a whole load of very exciting Lost Map and Kid Canaveral things happening in 2014, including Kid Canaveral’s Lumber Party and Howlin’ Fling. I guess this’ll be the last blog post of the year, so I’d like to thank everyone who has come to see us, bought our records, put us on, let us sleep at their house, fed us, told their friends about us, fed us, filled us with drink, fed us, played us on the radio, played on their podcast, interviewed us, filled us with drink, wrote about us, fed us, stocked our records, fed us, and who helped us out in any other manner. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2013 has been a difficult year at times, but we’ve released the best thing we’ve ever done (Now That You are a Dancer – with more gorgeous artwork from Eve McConnachie) and I’ve nothing but positive feelings about where 2014 is going to take us. Loads to tell and all that.
We’ve got one last show this year at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh for the Christmas Songwriters’ Party on Sunday 22nd December at which we’ll be performing a couple of our own Christmassy Tunes. Tickets and details here.
Finally, a thank you to Kate, Rose and Scott, who put up with all of my shite over tens of thousands of miles every year. Bandmates and friends extraordinaires.
Have a great holiday season, whatever you are or aren’t celebrating, and have a safe and fun-filled Hogmanay.
Thank you, again, so very much.