Gig of the Week: Stornoway


Stornoway - Credit: Archant

For this week's Gig of the Week I highlight Stornoway's upcoming performance at OPEN, Friday night from 7pm

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Stornoway, the four-piece band from Oxford are back with a brand new album and a huge UK tour. After the success of their award-winning first album ' Beachcomber's Windowsill' which was released in 2010 and sold over 75,000 copies, the band are now back with their second album 'Tales From Terra Firma' which although only came out last week has already recived very high reviews both from fans and critics alike.

The 25-day UK tour kicked off earlier this week in Liverpool and finishes in later in the year. Check out the official music video to the first single of the new album, 'Knock Me On The Head (Out now).

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Prior to the gig, the band took a moment to answer some of my questions.

Hi guys, thanks first of all for taking to answer some our questions, could you please introduce yourselves and what you play in the band?

Hi! We are:

Brian Briggs ornithologist and singer/guitarist

Jon Ouin linguist and keyboardist/cellist

Oli Steadman chemist and bassist

Rob Steadman painter and drummer

For people who maybe haven't heard of you yet, can you describe what your sound is?

Folky English Soul... We sing true human stories over an acoustic guitar and varying accompaniment. Lately we've been playing a lot of qanun and dulcimer - Middle Eastern instruments you can hear in our single 'Knock Me On The Head'

You're currently going through a huge 25-date UK tour, how's touring been so far?

Getting out on the road is the best feeling. Exploring new places with your friends and meeting all the people who listen to your music... It took us 2 years in a frozen shed on a hill in Oxford, making our album, so it's been brilliant emerging for some extensive touring, just in time for Spring. We're most looking forward to the USA in May.

You're second album came out last week with already great reviews, how was it putting together the 'difficult second album'?

We had to build our own studio in an abandoned hilltop shack in East Oxford. We cleared it out, built a drum platform out of fruitboxes, covered the walls with B&Q offcuts and filled it with exotic instruments from Asia and the Steadman Bro's home country of South Africa. It took 2 years and thousands of cups of tea but we're happy with what that room produced. It's awesome playing it to people now at gigs and festivals.

You play at OPEN on Friday the 15th, what can people expect from the live performance?

We've been waiting for a return to Norwich since Valentine's Day 2010 - can't wait! We'll arrive in town with a giant moon, 9 guitars, a 2x4 dowel to saw on stage, and over 200 individual strings on our instruments. Hopefully we'll leave with a few more friends and a couple fewer signed vinyls...! See you there.


Stornoway are playing Friday night (15th) at OPEN, supported by Pale Seas. Tickets are still available and can be brought here: or at the door on the night.

You can also check out their official website with more news from the band or details on their tour:

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