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Fence Hallowe’en party, Stereo, Glasgow

The glamorous life of the work-at-home freelancer rarely necessitates getting dressed-up – or getting dressed at all, for that matter. Fence Records, however, insisted on a “Wild West 3010” theme for their Hallowe’en hoopla. A stetson and catsuit were duly acquired.

Sequinned East Neuk party hosts King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) and The Pictish Trail (Johnny Lynch) congenially oversaw the 12-hour gala of music, DJs, films and spoken word.

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A low-key, mid-afternoon appearance by treasured Fife troubadour James Yorkston provided a moving and humorous highlight -- particularly the blissful acoustic lull of Shipwreckers and an ad-hoc composition dedicated to Fence, Hallowe’en, and his woeful costumery.

There were several other entertaining solo artists on the bill: Inspector Tapehead’s Jonnie Common performed DIY ballads and omnichord hoe-downs; loveable raconteur John B McKenna held the floor with bogus shape-shifting and down-home odes; Alasdair Roberts dropped jaws, as ever.

One-man rave The Pictish Trail, meanwhile, throttled any residual “folk” misapprehensions by channelling David Byrne and battering his guitar accordingly.

His neon set comprised acoustic and electronic arias (Words Fail Me Now, Winter Home Disco) plus some of the 50 (tracks from his forthcoming LP, In Rooms. Each song was 30 seconds long but packed a punch -- especially Sweating Battery Acid, wherein Pictish embodied the robot spawn of Lene Lovich and Adam Ant.

Warming up for November’s “World Tour of Fife”, King Creosote delivered an ebullient set of crowd-pleasers, but the ace up his sleeve was a rousing rendition of Hamish Imlach’s Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice. It had space-vixens, wenches and rodeo-studs singing and dancing so heartedly that they forgot it was Sunday, and partied late: a wily trick, and treat, indeed.

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