Communion: Glasgow Launch Night preview
Similar to the way that ivy gradually stretches to the furthest flung corners of a building’s facade, Communion has now reached the streets of Glasgow after extending all the way out to New York, New York most recently. Communion Glasgow launches on the 28th of April with the sounds of Ben Howard, Washington Irving and Kitty the Lion gracing the evening’s stage, as the event poster above will tell you!
In light of these exciting developments, we got in contact with Jamie Webster, event organiser and founding member of Scottish label, Instinctive Racoon, to ask him a few questions about the night’s conception and its future.
How’s organising Communion Glasgow compared to past events you’ve been involved in?
J: It’s exciting to be involved with such a great brand, Communion has been growing steadily over the past few years and the people involved are all great to work with. It’s brialliant to be involved with such a strong community.
How and when were you approached about presenting these nights?
J: I was talking to Kevin Jones (founding member) about doing a deal for Three Blind Wolves (who I manage) and I realised that they didn’t have a Glasgow Night yet, so when I met Kevin in London it became clear that this was something that I really wanted to be involved with.
Are you hoping to spread the word about lesser known Scottish artists through Communion Glasgow?
J: Yes indeed, myself along with Ben Soep have been promoting up and coming Scottish acts over the past 3 years in Scotland with our Instinctive Racoon nights. We feel that their is a similar thread that runs between iR and Communion so we plan to develop that further. The ethos for Communion Glasgow is to mix more established touring acts with exciting Scottish acts.
How did you pick the first line-up?
J: It just so happened that Ben Howard was touring in April and we are very excited about having him up for the launch night. We’ve been working with Washington Irving for 3 years now and with their new single just being released it’s perfect for them and Kitty The Lion we know really well and have played with WI before so it all just fell into place nicely.
Who would you like to see play Communion Glasgow?
J: We’ve promoted some great international acts in the past via iR so i’d like to have Brasstronaut (Canada) and Moss (Holland) to do Communion the next time. UK wise we’d love Matthew & The Atlas, Foy Vance and Marcus Foster to name but a few…I don’t want to give too much else away though ; )
Are there any bands we should be keeping our eyes on?
J: We’ve got Bear Bones headlining our 2nd Communion show here in Glasgow on 19th May at 13th Note with In Flight Safety (Canada), Little Kicks (Aberdeen), The Echoes (Glasgow). BB wen’t down a storm at Communion in London (Jan 2011) their live show is spellbinding and i feel sure they’ll have a big year.
What would you say to anyone looking to get involved in the nights?
J: I think that if you enjoy good music and especially like finding new and interesting acts to follow then Communion will give you value for money each month and give you a chnace to catch the next wave of popular songwriters in a nice and intimate setting. The fast growth of Communion nights just shows how popular these nights have been, with nights firmly established in Dublin, Belfast, all over England and as far afield as Sydney and New York (launched by The Felice Brothers no less) the future is certainly bright for this fine community of musicians and promoters.
We’ve been watching Communion grow from afar for a while now and are thrilled it’ll be happening on our doorstep from here on in. Expect regular pokes and prods about the Communion Glasgow launch and future events from us on all the usual facebook/twitter outlets!