Venue: Flowerpot Date: 17/07/10 Saturday saw the penultimate night of Communion’s week long take-over of Kentish Town’s Flowerpot. The week had seen the labels roster join forces with their mates for a collection of collaborations. Each night was filmed and will be release via the label that was set-up by Mumford & Sons Ben Lovett and former Cherbourg Kevin Jones. There was anticipation on the streets of NW5 as a queue of denim glad boys and girls surrounded the pub before its doors opened. Labelled as ‘Members of Mumford & Sons’ the venue had reached full capacity as the opening act arrived onstage. Pete Roe is one of the most important people in this West London folk movement, he seems to be in everybody’s backing band, support act and all round nice guy. Not only is he busy with everybody else but he charms his own fans with his delicate voice and calming acoustic songs. Following on from Pete was Ausralia’s lovely (sometimes haunting) double act Angus & Julia Stone who played tracks from their forthcoming album Big Jet Plane. Their set concluded with a guest, appearance from Damien Rice who joined the couple on stage and brought half the crowd with him. A mass sing-a-long took place during the chorus of ‘My Malakai’. Cornish three-piece The Staves were up next with their beautifully worked harmonies that felt magical in the intimate surrounding. The girls’ songs chilled the sweaty pub as you could hear a pin drop as the crowd stood in awe. Man of the moment Alan Pownall jumped on stage for a few songs with various musicians backing him. As well as performing material from his debut, True Love Stories. He also covered Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ with help from the vocal crowd. Crowns ended the evening with their high-energy Pogues influenced folk punk. The young Londoners got the crowd dancing throughout their set which involved a collaboration with the Staves girls and concluded the set with a host of musicians joining them on-stage including Mumfords Ben on accordion for a final time. We may not have got a Mumford & Sons performance but we were treated to an evening of good up-and-coming talent, the night (and from what I’ve heard, the week) was a triumph.