Great venue: check. Notting Hill Arts Club decked in snow and tinsel.
Great guests: check. Communion family elders, Maz, Carly & Lucy even had Father Christmas DJing.
Great gifts, of the musical kind: check. There have been some very good boys and girls if the abundance of musical treats is anything to go by.
The first one came from Frances. She is about to record her new album and the crowd loved her laid back style and angelic voice. She told me ‘It was amazing to celebrate. There was such a warm and welcoming crowd. The best welcome home after being on tour in America with James Bay’
Having travelled near and far this year James Bay returned to the fold for the festivities. Getting to see the Grammy nominee in this small, intimate setting was indeed a gift. The crowd loved ‘Hold back the River’ and his rendition of Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire’ was glowing.
Keeping up traditions is important at this time of year. James told me ‘‘Communion are a family. Live music needs to stay and at a time when it’s struggling, Communion are keeping it alive’
Communion’s favourite brother Nick Mulvey played a pretty much perfect set.
Porta Isla & Strong Asian Mothers were charming honoured guests.
Rukhsana Merrise joined the label recently. Her star continues to rise, having played Glastonbury and supported artists such as Leon Bridges this year. She has wonderful songs and is a welcome new addition. She summed the evening perfectly ‘If you wasn’t there you missed the party! Great vibes, great people, amazing performances’
All in all, if you are able to go next year, make sure you get to the party early. The queue was long. If you can’t wait that long, Communion will be back at the Notting Hill Arts Club in January. communionmusic
Party photos courtesy of Colin Hart