Tuesday, 19th March 2013#150 Over The Hill – Communion Jam at SxSW 2012

Can you believe it was a year ago we hired a studio in Austin on the eve of our Austin to Boston tour and filmed all these lovely people performing John Martyn’s Over the Hill?

With Ben Howard and his band, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Lovett, Johannes from Bear’s Den and The Staves.

Tuesday, 8th January 2013New York Communion January 2013

New York Communion January 2013 Gig PosterCommunion NYC is ON this Thursday, January 10 at Rockwood Music Hall, Manhattan!

Kendra Morris

When Kendra Morris was a little girl growing up in St. Petersburg, Fla., she would hide in her closet and sing along with her karaoke machine. Later, when she moved to New York to chase her music dreams, it was back into the closet with an eight-track recorder she’d bought. Now, the 31-year-old is out with her first full-length album, a lush, moody mix of neo-soul called Banshee.

While performing solo around New York City, Morris met and began collaborating with producer Jeremy Page and released a self-titled EP in 2010. She’d been conscientiously working on her craft as a songwriter, which was acknowledged by ASCAP and the Songwriters Hall of Fame the following year. The institutions awarded Morris the 2011 Holly Prize, which recognizes new singer-songwriters whose talents honor the legacy of Buddy Holly by way of excellence in songwriting, performing, and musicianship.

A tour with Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey this past summer and support from DJ Premier via his remix of her blaxploitation-dipped single “Concrete Waves” pepper the year that Morris took to write and record her full-length debut. Inspired in name by wailing female demons from Irish folklore, Banshee is an amalgam of stories, both imagined and Morris’s own, produced by previous collaborator Jeremy Page. [Biography by Marisa Aveling]


The stunning and original sound of this new vocal duo began in 2005 when Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano met and began writing together, drawing from any corner of popular music that pleased them, from folk and soul to indie-pop and R&B. To these songs they gave their show-stopping voices, and Johnnyswim was born. No matter the story of a song or its musical influence, each tune burns with a spirit and passion that has this singer/songwriter team turning heads in the music world.

The Parkington Sisters

From Wellfleet Massachusetts, the Parkington Sisters have “a collective magic — part chemistry, part alchemy, and entirely mysterious.” The four sisters emerge from a lineage of musicians, each a songwriter and dynamic multi-instrumentalist; Rose plays piano, guitar and accordion, Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola, and Nora plays violin and percussion.

They have toured extensively across the US, Canada and Europe with the Dropkick Murphys, opened for Mavis Staples at Symphony Hall in Boston,  performed at the 2011 Bonnaroo festival and even shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen.

The sisters are currently recording their follow up album, which will be released early 2013. Their 2011 debut album “Till Voices Wake Us” was produced by Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and was selected by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top essential albums of 2011.

Norma Jean Martine

Norma Jean Martine is a unique songwriter and a classic performer, having learnt her craft singing in blues jams in New York from the age of 12. Still only 21, her live performance is a sublime experience, with a tone and expression that belie her years. Through combining deeply poetic lyrics and a pop sensibility with an effortless, ageless and rootsy voice, Norma Jean creates pin-dropping moments of heart-piercing emotion that leaves the audience breathless.

In the past year she has been increasing her repertoire in Nashville and London alongside some of the best writers and producers, collaborating with Ed Harcourt, Romeo Stodart from the Magic Numbers, Darrell Scott, Marcus Hummon, Steve McEwan and Brendan Benson.

A fun night awaits with things like a DJ battle between Communion Founder, Ben Lovett and our beloved DJ The Big P.A. from Bang The Drum.

Oh, and, the first hour is an OPEN BAR thanks to Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky.

Doors: 7pm // Show: 7.30pm // 21+


Thursday, 22nd November 2012London Communion *Christmas Special* December 2012

London Christmas Communion December 2012 Gig PosterSunday, 2nd December 2012 at Notting Hill Arts Club, London.

It’s time to get into the festive mood at our December Communion!
Bring on the tinsel and baubles!

Opening the show is Kentish six piece Tom Williams and The Boat, will be bringing their country rock songs with lifting harmonies from their latest album ‘Teenage Blood’ and has been praised by radio DJ’s Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.

Anyone who is familiar with Communion may have already come across Joe Banfi and his beautifully dark songs. After sending us his demo last year, which we liked so much that we included his track ‘Olive Green’ on our New Faces compilation.

Marcus Foster  is stepping in for Andreya Triana who had to cancel unfortunately.

Deap Vally
After rocking the Sebright Arms in September with a sold out show, the Vally girls are back in London to bring their attitude filled rock to the walls of Notting Hill Arts Club.

We are very pleased that Californian roots rock band Dawes can make it to December’s clubnight extravaganza! Composed of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn, Dawes promise to bring an incredible live set to the show.

Dj sets from ATFL, Ben Lovett, Will Street and HAIM

Adv. tickets £15 available here

Friday, 9th November 2012Manchester Communion *Christmas Special* 2012

manchester communion christmas special 2012 gig posterOn Thursday, 6th December we’ll be seeing the year out with a bang at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester with a stellar line up for our Christmas Party!

THE AGE OF GLASS – We love this Manchester three piece SO much. If you saw them playing our launch at the beginning of the year you’ll know what we’re talking about. They say; The Age of Glass are an experimental trio, combining the timeless melodies of Reggae, Blues and Folk with a 21st Century rhythm section. This dynamic approach enables them to pollute the Mississipi delta sound with a digital durge of slick well oiled, smoky Trenchtown beats and bleeps, dragging Reggae, Blues and Folk kicking and screaming into the post modern urban wastelands.

HOT BOTZ BRASS BAND – This is going to be very special. Hot Botz are another Manchester group, but these guys are a 7 PIECE BRASS BAND! A high energy brass band performing live drum and bass, reggae and other modern dance music. The band is based in Manchester, UK, and is made up of 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, sousaphone, drums and an MC. You won’t be able to keep still.

THE FAMILY RAIN – This up and coming Bath based 3 piece are seriously not to be missed. A psychedelic 60’s blues rock extravaganza.

BEN LOVETT (COMMUNION FOUNDER/MUMFORD & SONS) – Then, to cap the night off, we’ve got Communion founder and Mumford & Sons keyboard maestro Ben Lovett who’s stopping off from their UK tour to take to the decks and spin indie hits and Christmas classic’s into the night.

Doors: 7.30pm

*Free Mince Pies and Mulled Wine on sale*

Tickets: £7 adv. available here

Thursday, 4th October 2012Melbourne Communion October 2012

Melbourne Communion October 2012 Gig PosterCommunion is proud to announce the fourth lineup for its now well established monthly residency in Melbourne. October will see The Toff in Town welcome an amazing lineup of artists, including Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga (The Drones), The Falls and up and coming songstress Jordan Leser.

The schedule for October 21 features an outstanding line-up:

Howl at the Moon
A Howl at the Moon show will often see crowds stopped in their tracks, absorbed by songs that are played with tireless commitment and passion. Having released their debut album ‘Squalls’ in March to ecstatic reviews, the band embarked on a national tour supporting Mark Lanegan on his 2012 tour.

Founded in 2005 by principal songwriter Katie Scott (vocals/guitar) and Mark Renall (bass), the current line up has remained since 2007 when Michael Brennan (drums) and Matthew Storey (guitars) were recruited and began working through an extensive back-catalogue of Scott’s unrecorded material. On his move to Melbourne from Sydney the band grew to a 5 piece with the addition of longtime friend and collaborator Ryan Nico on keys and guitar.

Haunting, dark but uplifting indie rock with a hypnotic and sonically enveloping live show often compared stylistically to early Radiohead and PJ Harvey with a hint of doom country.

Mike Noga
Whether it’s drumming for Australia’s most critically acclaimed band The Drones, fronting his own outfit The Gentlemen of Fortune or releasing solo albums such as 2011’s much lauded “The Balladeer Hunter”, Mike Noga has carved a huge name for himself in the Australian music scene. From the lyrical and sonic assault of three time nominated and one time winners of the Australian Music Prize, The Drones, to the stripped back folk-rock of his solo efforts, Noga is one of the most in demand musicians in Australia.

2011 was spent touring the world behind his acclaimed solo album, including a 20 date European jaunt opening for USA’s Band of Horses, as well as Australian tours with Okkervil River and Mark Lanegan, and now, for the first time, Noga will be performing at Communion Melbourne’s October event.

With critics declaring The Balladeer Hunter “an Australian classic” and Noga “one of Australia’s most talented new singer-songwriters… a new Paul Kelly or Tim Rogers”, for his first Communion show Noga will present songs from the album in solo mode – with just his guitar, his harmonica and his voice. ‘The Balladeer Hunter’ is a modern day mix of folk ballads and slap-in-the-face, venom-filled rockers that wreak of early Springsteen, 70s Dylan, the relentless pummellng of Suicide back to back with the secret whisper of Leonard Cohen.

The Falls

At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for The Falls this feels like just the beginning…

Almost subconsciously they have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting. As Stevie Nicks said “devastation leads to writing good things”.

In the fallout from Valentines Day, The Falls decided that rather than wallowing in self pity they would put their heartbreak to tape. So they pulled out their little tascam 4-track portastudio, which, with all its tape wobbles and noise, aptly captured the fragility of their hearts. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP ‘HOLLYWOOD’.

“Beautiful harmonies, sweet as lyrics, warmth all round. I really love this. Those voices climb and soar so sweetly, and that toy piano comes in at just the right moment. A+.” – Zan Rowe, triple j

Jordan Leser
Jordan Leser is a soulful, ethereal singer whose songs are arrows aimed straight at the heart, her sense of place is evocative, and her gift for melody arresting. Her compositions echo the likes of Kate Bush, Dido, and Tracey Thorn, but this won’t do her justice because in her music there is a fresh, new voice demanding to be heard. For the past 12 months Jordan has been developing her craft with Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (both from Midnight Oil). Jim has recorded a stunning collection of songs, with the first single due to be released later this year.

Tickets on sale: http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=60468
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